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Forum topic by lowrange posted 09-02-2010 06:52 PM 1739 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 06:52 PM

My late husband was a lumberman. He put together several piles of pine and oak boards for future projects. They have been sitting in the yard for about 10 years. They are all stacked and covered. In the summer I take the covers off to let them air out and have restacked them in the past. Trying to take care of them. I am wondering what would be the first step in possibly selling these. Especially the oak pile, he was very proud of it. Some of the boards are 4” thick 24”x12’. I live in Maine also, with diverse temps could that affect the quality? Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 10:05 PM

1. Check around on prices, 16/4 is rare so it should command a higher price; assuming the wood is straight, clear of obvious defects and sounds
2. The easiest method to sell legacy wood is Craigslist, you’ll have to negotiate hard, deal with lowballers and spend a lot of time but it will sell eventually and you shoudl be able to get a fair price.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 11:07 PM

Contact your local woodworkers guild or group; they would probably love to get a look at it.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 07:24 PM

You might try contacting the New Hampshire Woodworkers Guild to see if they can be of help. They are close enough to you to offer some assistance and/or may have some interest in the materials. They have a website and I’m sure you can email someone there with a question.

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 12:32 AM

Thanx for the do you search for the woodworkers guild in “your/my” area? I have alot of cool tools and stuff that are just collecting dust and getting outdated that I’d like to sell as well. His plan was to have a woodworking shop above the garage so he collected alot of handy tools to use.

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 09:27 PM

I’m from Maine, too. The only woodworking club/guild I have been able to find in Maine is located in Portland. Would be willing to look things over and advise you if you are anywhere close – I live in Jay (near Farmington). Like woodworking businesses, woodworking organizations/clubs, etc. are few and far between here.


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#6 posted 09-06-2010 03:07 PM

Try the following email address for the NH woodworkers guild: Otherwise just google woodworking clubs, woodworking organizations, woodworking guilds, woodworking craftsmen, etc. and add Maine to the search terms.

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 03:42 AM

Thanks Jim, I’m from the Poland area, not too far but if you ever get out this way let me know.

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 03:44 AM

Thanx for the info on the website will be very helpful i’m sure.

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 05:15 PM

Lowrange, We have family in Rumford. Out on west RT is Premium Specialty Hardwoods. 1180 RT2, Rumford, ME 04276, 207-364-7500. They might be able to help. What I remember is they also sell wood products from local woodworkers so maybe they can get the word out on your lumber. Good luck I hope this helps.

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