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Forum topic by eregister posted 01-30-2011 12:21 PM 1195 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2011 12:21 PM

I was at an auction today and was able to purchase 140 BF of 6/4 and 8/4 Walnut that was mostly 5” wide and approx. 9 feet long boards. I paid .38 per board foot and was wondering if this was a pretty good deal?

This was my first purchase of non-dimensioned lumber but I’m pretty excited to see what I can make from it!


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#1 posted 01-30-2011 01:47 PM

You aren’t asking if this was a good deal, you are gloating.( and rightfully so.) That deal was probably one of them ” once in a lifetime ” kind of things. But the rule here is if there are no pictures, it didn’t happen.
GREAT find


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#2 posted 01-30-2011 01:49 PM

I am paying about $7 a foot, yes you got a great deal.

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 02:48 PM

Great deal! Ain’t auctions fun? The next best thing, is free!

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-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 04:50 PM

Auctions can be great. I recently got a pick-up truck load of walnut, cherry and oak for $45 at an auction. I gloated about it here and got the same response – “no pictures, it didn’t happen.” I then provided some pictures.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 05:00 PM

No, that was a lousy deal. But being the nice guy that I am, I’ll give you what you paid for it and take it off your hands.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 10:15 PM

“Thou shalt not steal!” Good buy! What are you going to do with it?

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 12:18 AM

I’ll have to work on getting a photo up just so I have my proof. I haven’t decided what I’m going to build with it yet, I am wanting to build a Maloof style rocker. Not sure until I plane some of this up if it will have the grain I’d like for something like that.

Thanks for the many replies, I’ve been following the forum for a while but this was my first post and I feel right at home.

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 12:37 AM

I paid $1 per bdft in log form, nice find!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 12:47 AM

It always somebody else…..when can I find a deal like this ??? Or is considered hardwood robbery?
Congrats on the GREAT deal !

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 04:51 AM

Great deal. I was in your situation a week or so ago and I didn’t know what to expect to pay for rough cut lumber either. It really doesn’t matter to me if you post pics or not, you say you got it so you got it. It would be nice to see some pics, but i’d rather see some after you planed it down.

Have fun,


-- Williamsburg, KY

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 05:14 AM

Thanks for all the responses, as requested I’ve added some pics. Did a little measureing and discovered I have 13 boards that are 12 feet long, they vary from 5.5 to 6 inches wide and most are 8/4 with one that is 12/4.

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