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littlewolf

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03-02-2017 09:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany

First post – just joined. Just trying to help out my mother-in-law so please don’t flame me if I’m out of line. She has about 800 board feet of Honduran mahogany sitting in her shed. My father-in-law purchased it some years ago with the intention to make something out of it (no idea what) but never got around to it before he passed away. What is the best way to go about selling this at a fair price? It is a little over 100 rough cut boards. The largest percentage of the boards are 6-9 inches in width and 7.5 feet in length, around 600 board feet worth. The other 200 board feet are varying widths of 6 foot boards. All the boards are 1-5/8” to 1-3/4” thick so I guess that would put them at 6/4? It has some checking. I am not a woodworker by any means nor do I have much experience with hardwoods or exotics. My knowledge is mostly limited to sawmilling pine and building houses, sheds, shooting houses, etc.

I would appreciate any advice on how I can help her unload this and what would be a fair price (or how to figure it). We are in southeast Mississippi.

Thanks in advance,
Chris


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 10:29 PM

Your best bet is probably to list it on Craig’s List. As for price, check to see if any local lumber suppliers carry it and see what they charge. You could also check Craig’s List to see if anyone else has any listed.

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 11:27 PM

Newman’s in Gulfport deals in genuine mahogany.

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TungOil

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 12:02 AM

if I were closer I’d take it off your hands

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littlewolf

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 03:12 PM

Thanks guys. I have reached out to Newman’s and am waiting to hear back. I did spend some time checking Craig’s list also and got an idea of pricing which definitely helped. Most of the ads were very small quantities – I’d rather sell it in one lot and be done with it if possible – but we’ll see how it goes.

Thanks again,
Chris

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 03-03-2017 03:19 PM

Thats quite a find and quite a lot of valuable wood, too. You have to find the right person who wants it all CL is a crapshoot. I would target certain historic areas like Charleston, Savannah etc. where you know there are furniture makers.

Authentic Honduran mahogany is not common & can bring a premium price depending on quality. I think retail is $8-12/BF for that thickness, I’ve seen it all the way to $18. I’m guessing wholesale price would probably be 2/3 of that. So if I were in the market for it, $5K would be a number to start with, $4K would be a deal, $3K would be a steal.

You may want to try Steve Wall lumber in NC. It would be wholesale or slightly below, but they might take it all off at once.

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littlewolf

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#6 posted 03-03-2017 03:36 PM

Thanks rwe! That’s great info. I actually have a trip to NC coming up in a couple months as it turns out.

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#7 posted 03-03-2017 03:41 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Yeah, if I were closer I would buy it all at market price.

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 03:44 PM

Yeah I wish for a couple boards myself.

My buddy told me newmans is a wholesaler. What you have is probably a drop in the bucket but they might be interested.

I wish I had time for a 2-3 hr drive.

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littlewolf

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#9 posted 03-03-2017 04:12 PM

Thanks Monte. Yeah, SD is a bit of a far poke!

Fridge, yeah it may be too small potatoes for Newman’s but we’ll see. You are practically right around the corner though – come buy a few boards man :)

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 03-03-2017 05:05 PM

I wish :) between work, 3 kids, a wifey, and working on friends flooded houses I can barely get a minute to myself my much less half a day. Thank you very much for the offer though :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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