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03-30-2011 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber pricing oak

I’ve got a guy that wants to sell me about 100 B.F. of OAK. It is all 1 7/8” thick and 11 3/4” wide, lengths are 7-14 feet. I have not seen it yet but he says it is surfaced on 4 sides but I’m not sure he understands the difference in surfaced vs. rough. I’m also told the wood is at least 15 years old and has a ‘few’ nail holes but overall it’s clean.

I’m looking for advice on what would be a fair price. Site unseen what would you be willing to pay for it??


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#1 posted 03-30-2011 02:03 AM

White oak, red oak, or something else? How sure are you that there’s no (planer/jointer-blade killing) nails in there?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 02:28 AM

red oak in alabama s3s 4/4 is 2.25

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 02:34 AM

If it’s got a few nail holes (check each board and make sure it’s only a “few”), and your buying it from a regular guy, not a mill, you should be able to get it for really cheap. Offer him a dollar a board foot and bargain back and forth from there. I wouldn’t pay more than $1.50 a board foot. There are lots of other sources for oak like that on Craigslist and with patience you can get a better deal.

Try this approach… tell him you don’t really need that much wood. Then say something about how your wife would kill you if you spent more than forty or fifty bucks. Then say if he wants you to take it all, even though it’ll really cause you problems, you’ll give him a hundred dollar bill- IF that would help HIM out.

Of course, I’m not telling you to lie. So if you do NEED that much wood, and your wife loves you to spend money, disregard what I said.

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 01:44 AM

I can tell you speak from experience StumpyNubs. I like your patter. :-)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 05:20 AM

Stumpy, I can usually justify those kinds of statements if i think about it long enough ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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