|Forum topic by ethanjrt||posted 05-29-2012 07:06 AM||8762 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
05-29-2012 07:06 AM
I’m a newcomer to these forums (and wood in general), so please bear with me here. Basically, 20 years ago or so my dad went into our backyard in upstate NY (then ~100 acres… ah the good old days!), chopped down a cherry tree, and cut it up, planning to start a few projects with it. We brought the wood with us when we moved to CT, but my dad’s now looking to move to a smaller place with little-to-no backyard in a nearby town, which leaves us with a whole bunch of cherry that we’re hoping to sell.
I’ve looked around online and found prices ranging from $2.40 (http://www.highlandhardwoods.com/retail-hardwood-lumber.html, under “Everyday Low Prices”) to $6.00 (http://www.logs-to-lumber.com/pricing.html) to even less (at this very site! http://lumberjocks.com/replies/on/1846753). So, while I do have the contact information for a bunch of local woodworking clubs/schools, I’m hesitant to get in touch because I’m not even sure where to start negotiating. (I did talk to one local school, and they basically told me, “Go research the retail price, then get back to us and offer us half so we can make a profit.” Which may be reasonable, but wasn’t very helpful because I’m stuck on the “research the retail price” portion.)
So I’m throwing this out here to ask all of you: How much can I hope to get for this cherry?
The specifics: The cherry was stickered and has essentially been air drying for 20 years. There are some minor cracks on the edges of boards, while a few boards have larger cracks. In terms of amount, we have 239 board feet if thickness is ignored, 289 we take thickness into account (e.g., a 6×72x3” plank would be 9 board ft by this measurement), in a variety of dimensions. I’ve included all of our measurements, which we took this afternoon, in this public doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvGwqLp2o3g8dG5vbzJYUVgtdDFNY0RsMmVSM05NbEE. To get a better idea of what it looks like, here are some photos we took a few weeks ago: http://photobucket.com/ejrtcherry. I realize the wood looks pretty dull in those photos, and since you all are woodworkers you can probably tell that it’s been mixed in with plywood and some other stuff (hemlock?); but we used a belt sander today on the edges to determine which planks were cherry before we measured everything, and when we put a few of the planks through a planer they came out looking absolutely gorgeous. We haven’t taken the entire pile completely apart yet, but the only major issue I can see is that there might be some water damage to the bottom-most planks of each stack where leaves have collected.
So: any thoughts? Suggestions about who might be interested? (As long as it’s local; we don’t have our own trailer to transport the wood any more.) Would any of you be interested?
Thanks in advance for your time and advice!