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Forum topic by therookie posted 11-25-2010 04:07 PM 820 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2010 04:07 PM

I was looking through my local craigslist and found an add up for 1500 bdft of hard maple that has been drying for 5 years, and the widths are 6-10 inches and they are all 9 feet long. The asking price is 1200 dollars. but I dont know much about hard maple and what it goes for. I was thinking of offering the guy 1000 dollars but I would like some additional feedback before I go any farther.


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#1 posted 11-25-2010 04:54 PM

I just paid $3.20 a bdft for air dried, 5/4, hard maple S2S. Not nearly that volume of lumber, though. If it is clear and not twisted, IMO it’s a Great price.

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#2 posted 11-25-2010 05:40 PM

I wonder how thick it is. If its at least 4/4, you could probably sell half of it and recover your investment. Of course, that assumes its clear, straight, bug free and that you have room to store it. I’d offer the $1000 and if he declined, I’d go for the $1200. That’s a LOT of wood.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 11-25-2010 05:45 PM

That is a great price if the quality is there. If it all clear, has been well stacked and stickered, and as lew said, not twisted, thats a good deal.
I’m not that far from you, we can split the deal…. ;)

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#4 posted 11-25-2010 06:31 PM

I agree with the others. If the wood is in good shape then even at $1200 that’s $0.80/bdf. That’s a good price even if there is some waste.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-25-2010 06:41 PM

Do you have some place to put it? Additional (paid) storage can turn a sweet deal into a money pit.

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