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Forum topic by runswithscissors posted 02-20-2014 10:29 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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runswithscissors

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02-20-2014 10:29 PM

I took down a beech last summer, and slabbed it with a chainsaw mill. The slabs are all a generous 2” thick and about 5’ long. Since my jointer/planer combo is limited to 12” width, I ripped the slabs to average about 10” or so. They’ve been air drying since. Though I wouldn’t mind using them on some project, they are currently taking up some valuable space, and I am tempted to move them on. My question is, what do you guys think they are worth, realistically? I see slabs often on CL, and they seem overpriced to me. One clue is that sometimes the same ad appears for weeks and even months.

Thanks for any input.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened


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Minorhero

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 11:27 PM

Most slabs are wider then 10”, at 10” I wouldn’t call it a slab, I would just call it rough cut lumber.

The rule of thumb is that boards will dry at 1” per year from the outside in on all sides assuming all sides are exposed to air.

So assuming your boards were properly stickered up with ends sealed, they are still not dry in the middle and won’t be till the 1 year anniversary of you cutting them into boards. Once they are dry they will have a price that is usually a dollar or more per board foot below what an 8/4 beech lumber would go for in your area. In Maryland an 8/4 beach board would go for about 6 dollars a board foot.

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 12:13 AM

Here in NJ about $4 a board ft for 4/4, so not real sure about 8/4

What state is this in?

-- Jeff NJ

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runswithscissors

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 12:57 AM

Oops. Forgot to say. I’m in NW Washington State. Hardwoods aren’t so common around here. Most hardwoods here are specimen trees, not part of the native forest.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 03:19 AM

Where abouts in Washington. Im in Washington and can check at Edensaw and see. They had Beech there the other day. I also might be interested in them. Do you have pictures?

-- Sparks

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 03:47 AM

Here is NY, I get beech for $2 a bft for 4/4 and 5/4 rough cut, although the person I purchase it from is very good with his prices. He simply wants to see people enjoy woodworking. In fact, I’d purchase lumber from him even if I could get it cheaper elsewhere because I like his attitude.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 04:16 AM

You’ll be disappointed by prices around Louisville. The closest sawmill to me sells Beech for . . . $1.60bf

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 02:06 PM

Wow, Charles – those are some pretty amazing prices you can get.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 06:21 PM

Yup. Tis is a great area for sawmill lumber. 3 within 50 miles—similar prices.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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