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Forum topic by rrww posted 10-20-2012 11:08 PM 1985 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2012 11:08 PM

I have a project to do a large “rustic” carved sign for the end of someones driveway. For this i needed a large ash slab around 24” Wide and 64” Long about 2” thick.

I called a local sawmill that does rustic fruniture, sawing, and kiln drying.

He called back with a price of $700 for a slab thats just shy of 32 bd/ft

I was prepared to spend a premium, but holy wow almost $22 Bd/Ft for common unfigured ash?

Needless to say I can’t spend more on the lumber then I bid for the project. HAHA I thought we were better friends then that good thing I didn’t ask his price on walnut.

So if anyone wants to get rich, just sell ash slabs, or plant some ash trees.

Did I miss something or is the market on slabs really gone up?

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 11:12 PM

Yeah, that’s nuts. Why can’t it be a glue up?

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 11:15 PM

Yea customer prefered a single slab- I said I’ll see what I can do. Glad I didn’t promise anything.

Needless to say I just got done with the clamps and glue

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 09:17 PM

Bummer, I have 2 that I could sell for $200 each. Shipping may add up tho. Good luck with your project.

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 10:12 PM

Too bad you’re that far away. I have plenty here i can’t sell. No market.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 10:40 PM

Seems to me that ya gotta get your “ash” away from that seller. Is he/they/it on drugs?


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#6 posted 10-23-2012 03:01 AM

Crazy. He must have been trying to hoodwink you. I would sell a slab like that for maybe $100 – $125.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 03:20 AM

Thanks guys I guess I didn’t loose my mind.

He said is was “getting to the size of a mantle’’ so thats why the price was high.

I don’t recall seeing to many 2” thick mantels around. Most i have seen are around 4” – 6” and most of them don’t hang two feet off the wall.

It just gets me that someone who you have done business with many times over the last couple years, even seeking advice for his new business, tries to pull a fast one on ya. I have a well established woodshop that is wholesale to a specific industry (production shop) and he started a retail “rustic” fruniture & sawmill company about a year ago with no prior experience with wood. The guy does great work, and works hard. But so do a lot of other people I know.

I have been hearing from a couple people that he is trying to sell basic trestle tables at $2k. I never thought nothing of it because most people don’t have a clue what it takes to even think about building something like that. But now I’m thinking they may be on to something here, maybe I’ll try building a table or two and see if I can be competitive for the fun of it :)

Thanks for letting me vent a little

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 03:31 AM

I just went on a lumber buying expedition for my job and we paid $35/bdft for oversized slabs—34”W x 96”L. We’re also getting them planed and sanded, which requires some large machinery, so we’re not worried about the price we paid. The oversized slabs were Paduak, Sapele, and some other exotic specie.

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