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05-20-2014 04:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber live edge oak appraise mill granberg

I recently purchased a plot of land to start up a hunt camp. In the process of putting in a road i had to cut some beautiful red oak trees down. Not wanting to waste the wood and burn it in the fire pit, I decided to attempt to process it into lumber. I picked up a Granberg small log mill attachment for my chain saw and ripped a few boards ( by a few i mean more lumber i would use in a year). after sealing the ends i have left the wood to dry for about a year and a half now.

my current moisture content of the wood is 12%, very little twist and bowing. For the most part all they need is a little TLC with a hand plane.

My question is how to determine the market value for the boards? i have about 40 boards at 2’ 1/4” X 12” x 9’ and 20 at 3/4”X 7” x 9’. All have live edge and have very little defects.


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#1 posted 05-20-2014 04:54 PM

Check for rough sawn prices in your area and price accordingly. 2’ 1/4” x 12” at any length would be a very large piece of lumber, like a beam.

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 06:18 PM

Check lumber yards for BF rates for Red Oak.

What you have technically is called 8/4 rough cut lumber. Most 8/4 will actually be ~2-1/8 to 2-1/4in thick, so you milled the 2-1/4in correctly IMO. FYI, commercial 8/4 will NOT have live edges for the most part. What you need to do is measure how much width you have after cutting off the live edges and use that for your measurement of width (not saying to actually cut that, just measure as if you did). The 12in wide boards have 18BF (board feet) each

The 7in wide X 3/4in boards may be problematic in that rough cuts are usually 1in in order to allow for planing and sizing “down to” 3/4in dimensional lumber thickness. I have no clue how you could price these.

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 07:57 PM

Where are you located ?

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 08:23 PM

You would price it just like you would any other board footage (LxWxH)/144=bd ft total of the board.

Also I’m assuming these are just flat sawn and not rift or quarter sawn boards, as rift and quarter command a bit better pricing because the wood is more stable.

But as everyone else said just look in the local market and see what normal pricing for it would be rough cut and then if you want to sell quickly adjust down.

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 10:11 PM

I am located just outside of Toronto Ontario. the wood however is being stored just east of Bancroft. Thanks for all the replies. I plain sawed the wood. the next time i cut any i will try my hand at the quarter method.

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#6 posted 05-20-2014 11:57 PM

It’s worth more if it’s dried and ready to use. In that case, you should be able to get prices similar to that of a commercial seller assuming you’re grading it properly.

If it’s green, expect less because somebody else has to let it sit around drying for several months or even years.

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 09:57 AM

Cut 3 better pieces to 4’ length (easier for shipping). Get pictures of them. List them on Ebay for $0.99 to start and see how much they bring. Make sure you charge enough for shipping. FedEx ground should run about $15-20 on a bundle of boards this size.

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