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Forum topic by DIYWaterDog posted 07-02-2017 05:33 AM 1036 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DIYWaterDog

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07-02-2017 05:33 AM

Hey All,

I recently salvaged some oak boards from a gym locker room.

Dimensions are a true 1×9.

They were 16 ft. boards and regretfully had to cut them into 8ft sections for transport.

Was thinking of getting them planed and reselling them.

Any idea of a fair market asking price for the boards?

I have 13 8ft and 3 6ft.

Thanks for your comments and knowledge.

DiyWaterDog

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?


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#1 posted 07-02-2017 06:12 AM

If you plane them then they are just oak. I hate rustic so it’s fine by me :) if you are gonna plane them at all then just skip plane them to show the grain and whoever gets them can take it from there to whatever dimension they need.

Depends on local prices. You’ll have to do some research. Don’t get your hopes up though. Oak is too common.

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#2 posted 07-02-2017 02:06 PM

Thanks for your reply.

As someone who has never been a buyer or seller of reclaimed lumber, what do you think I should ask compared to retail lumber from a local DIY store?

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#3 posted 07-02-2017 02:18 PM

”getting them planed…”

I assume then that you don’t have a planer and it may not have a use in your shop, me on the other hand I tend to hoard wood, especially when it’s highly useful stock.

You don’t say what you paid, but around me rough white oak 4/4 is $2.40 bf, and rough red oak is $1.93 bf. Generally the reclaimed woods get pricey when they are rare species or old growth, “ax cut sunken” log stock. Old flooring is old flooring useful, but doubtful of any reclaimed value add IMO.

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 04:58 PM

If the board thickness is 7/8 inch or so, you have a chance at getting a good price because they can be planed to 3/4. If the thickness is already 3/4 inch, it is gong to be hard to sell them at normal lumber prices.

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 05:04 PM

Planing will destroy any surface patina architects
and designers are looking for. Rough-looking
reclaimed wood furniture is kind of a thing in
Los Angeles. Personally I find it generally ugly
but there is demand. Dealers charge a lot
for it out here so I prefer to buy new wood.

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 05:17 PM



Planing will destroy any surface patina architects
and designers are looking for. Rough-looking
reclaimed wood furniture is kind of a thing in
Los Angeles. Personally I find it generally ugly
but there is demand. Dealers charge a lot
for it out here so I prefer to buy new wood.

- Loren

Ditto

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 06:07 PM

Ya i would not plane them at all. sell as is will get the best price.
I salvaged some oak a few years ago, still have about 50bf.
As I started to use it, I discovered that it was all quarter sawn.
Oh, lucky me it was free. alot of labor to clean it up though. had patches of liquid nail globs on the back side, and random broken screws to deal with. But it was all true 4/4.
I will frequently buy rough wood and mill it myself. All the milled stuff around my home, is always 3/4 for 4/4, or 1-3/4 for 8/4. I will do my own milling and tend to wind up with a true 4/4 or 8/4 finish stock.

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 06:19 PM

What they said, don’t plane them.

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 06:47 PM

The original poster didn’t describe the appearance of the lumber nor the age. Since it was removed from a gymnasium, I’m guessing the appearance will not be all that rustic. He said he was intending to plane it. I always try to answer the question that was asked before offering any kind of other advice or speculation.

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#10 posted 07-02-2017 06:54 PM

Thanks for your comments All!

I will take your advice and not plane and try to sell as is. BTW… I paid zero. They were salvaged bench boards from a school locker room. The most I will do is scrape any chewing gum off the bottom side.

Will keep you posted if anything sells.

FYI… I am in the northern Ohio area about 15 miles west of Cleveland. If you are in the area and interested let me know.

Thanks again.

DIYWATERDOG

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#11 posted 07-02-2017 07:08 PM


The original poster didn t describe the appearance of the lumber nor the age. Since it was removed from a gymnasium, I m guessing the appearance will not be all that rustic. He said he was intending to plane it. I always try to answer the question that was asked before offering any kind of other advice or speculation.

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Not me, if I see something that I think might benefit the poster I think it’s worth posting. In this case not planing the wood was beneficial.

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#12 posted 07-02-2017 07:15 PM

The op didn’t mention what oak species he’s got White oak would be more value to me then red.
And if you do find a buyer you might want to think of a more appealing reclaimed location. I got it from a boys locker room / gym sounds like something full of farts and BO sweat.:)

-- Aj

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#13 posted 07-02-2017 08:26 PM

The guy is talking bench seats for heaven’s sake. I can’t imagine anything about those planks that would even suggest a quaint or rustic look. On the other hand, the benches are probably thicker than 3/4 and could be planed and sold as good quality lumber. Not all old lumber is valuable just because it is old. He might have something special but I would prefer not to give false hope.

The original poster didn t describe the appearance of the lumber nor the age. Since it was removed from a gymnasium, I m guessing the appearance will not be all that rustic. He said he was intending to plane it. I always try to answer the question that was asked before offering any kind of other advice or speculation.

- ArtMann
Not me, if I see something that I think might benefit the poster I think it s worth posting. In this case not planing the wood was beneficial.

- AlaskaGuy


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#14 posted 07-02-2017 08:42 PM

I pay $3.25 a board foot for plain sawn red oak. I buy it for a sawmill in south west Michigan. Quarter sawn red oak is $4.10. For info, I get ash for $3.00 and can get wide nice boards.

For re claimed oak like this, I would not pay much more than $2.00 board foot.

I get my wood at a sawmill called Hickory and Oak in Decatur, Michigan.

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#15 posted 07-02-2017 08:50 PM



The guy is talking bench seats for heaven s sake. I can t imagine anything about those planks that would even suggest a quaint or rustic look. On the other hand, the benches are probably thicker than 3/4 and could be planed and sold as good quality lumber. Not all old lumber is valuable just because it is old. He might have something special but I would prefer not to give false hope.

The original poster didn t describe the appearance of the lumber nor the age. Since it was removed from a gymnasium, I m guessing the appearance will not be all that rustic. He said he was intending to plane it. I always try to answer the question that was asked before offering any kind of other advice or speculation.

- ArtMann
Not me, if I see something that I think might benefit the poster I think it s worth posting. In this case not planing the wood was beneficial.

- AlaskaGuy

- ArtMann


The OP said “Dimensions are a true 1×9” to me that mean a full 1’’ thick. As someone who likes to do my own stock prep (like a lot of woodwork’s do) they more desirable at a full 1’’. If he was to plane those down many would loose interest in them. Because if he planes them down and the wood moves again they will be useless to a woodworker who prefer to make there own 4 square stock. I always buy ruff cut lumber for this reason.

It’s very rare to find s4s lumber in the store that truly flat, square, straight, and square. Buy it thick, mill it just before you build you piece of furniture or what ever.

That’s the way I see it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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