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McFly

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04-06-2017 09:41 PM

Encountered every woodworker’ s wildest dream: nearly unlimited free wood!

There’s just one problem, I literally couldn’t store another matchstick in my already too small garage and my woodshed is literally bursting at the seams (Had a shelf collapse under the weight of 10/4 walnut slabs!). I gotta cull my inventory a bit, but I’m not comfortable charging retail prices on lumber I didn’t pay for, which brings me to my question:

How much should I charge for this stuff, and how to charge it? By the board foot? By the pound?

Also, if you’re in Southeast PA and need a little FAS S2S hardwood in small quantities, I know a guy…

I’ll be doing inventory this weekend, so stay tuned for species, dimension and quantity details.


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#1 posted 04-06-2017 09:50 PM

Well hello there friend.

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#2 posted 04-06-2017 09:53 PM

where do you live ? might be interested in some dark walnut :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 04-06-2017 10:00 PM



where do you live ? might be interested in some dark walnut :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Im in Delaware County

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#4 posted 04-06-2017 10:06 PM

$2.00/bdft.? You could sell more select pieces on eBay to reach a larger audience.

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#5 posted 04-06-2017 10:19 PM

The lumber yards charge by the board foot, so…
apples to apples comparison for anyone interested in making a purchase from you.

Wish you were about a 1300 miles closer, I would be interested.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 04-06-2017 10:34 PM



The lumber yards charge by the board foot, so…
apples to apples comparison for anyone interested in making a purchase from you.

Wish you were about a 1300 miles closer, I would be interested.

- MT_Stringer

Yeah, you’re right. Gonna take me a month of Sunday’s to measure it all. Might just go by the linear foot, home depot style.

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#7 posted 04-06-2017 10:49 PM

Linear foot measurements might be a slight butt pain for potential buyers, but as long as you provide width and thickness dimensions should be fine. By the way SE Penn is getting closer and closer to NYC everyday :)

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#8 posted 04-06-2017 11:11 PM

I’d go for trades as well.

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

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#9 posted 04-06-2017 11:12 PM


Linear foot measurements might be a slight butt pain for potential buyers, but as long as you provide width and thickness dimensions should be fine. By the way SE Penn is getting closer and closer to NYC everyday :)

- JayCee123


True, but if there’s gonna be butt pain, I generally prefer it be someone else’s butt pain.

I mean, I could just have one helluva bonfire and be done with it, but that…that would just be wrong.

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#10 posted 04-06-2017 11:14 PM



I d go for trades as well.

- TheFridge

Hadn’t even thought of that.

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#11 posted 04-06-2017 11:15 PM



$2.00/bdft.? You could sell more select pieces on eBay to reach a larger audience.

- bigblockyeti

I’m guessing you’re not local to SE PA, then?

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#12 posted 04-06-2017 11:48 PM

$2/BF is good for most people, $1 would make every buyer happy.

If I were nearer you’d be my new BFF.

Craigslist has a materials section if you’re willing to deal with that, or look for local woodworking clubs and contact them. You’re more likely to find local people that way.

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#13 posted 04-06-2017 11:57 PM

Kidding on actually asking $2.00/bdft. but are you wanting to ask the most you can get or something that will clear your space out quickly? I can typically get FAS walnut under 10” wide around $7.00/bdft. depending on how much is in stock and when my sawyer is planning on getting more. Rough, dry poplar, pine & ash are typically $2.00/bdft. or less.

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#14 posted 04-06-2017 11:57 PM

Im with fridge. Tradesies. Some of my more cherished (and nicer) tools are from trades. Mallets, dt markers, split nut drivers, all the way up to handmade planes can be had. I dont wanna say what fridge would offer ya for some walnut but he has been known to wear crocs. Purple ones. I seen it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 04-07-2017 01:28 AM

heck, for the right price I may even drive down to PA from CT for quality 10/4 Walnut slabs

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