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rhybeka

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10-24-2014 03:42 PM

So I was at lunch and stumbled on this – Athens is about a two hour ride from where I live so not close / not far. I try to add that to my figuring on lumber costs if I look at going outside of the Cbus area. But these prices are nice! Am I missing something??

http://columbus.craigslist.org/grd/4720689641.html

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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mds2

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 03:59 PM

He says he’s cutting them, and my guess is he is not drying them. Kiln drying takes time and money and adds to the cost of the lumber quite a bit. So my opinion is to buy it and let it sit for a year if it’s wet. My local mill sells dried 4/4 walnut for $2.50bf though too.

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 04:00 PM

The only way to find out is to go look, unless you can find a review of seller somehow.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 05:45 PM

go for it… lumber looks great

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 06:49 PM

If it’s all as clear as in that picture, then this would be a good deal in my area. It’s probably green, which means more work and more time, but if the quality is there its a good deal. Be sure to follow good practices for dealing with green lumber (seal ends, sticker, stack, weight, etc.) or you will end up wasting a lot of this. It’s a good price for FAS walnut, but expensive for firewood. :)

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 12:26 AM

Call/e mail him and ask questions: when was it cut, is it stacked and stickered, cut from standing dead or green logs, etc??? He may have a moisture meter and know the MC.

I saw/sell roughcut lumber on CL and I mark all my stacks with date cut, species, whether standing dead or green when sawed.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ol104

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#6 posted 10-25-2014 12:32 AM

Hey rhybeca – I get my rough cut lumber from a guy in Lancaster for great prices and great to deal with. All of it is air dried with moisture content around 7-10% when I get it. He takes his woodmizer to property owners who have fallen trees or want to clear land. Mostly domestic hardwoods like Oak, walnut, ash, cherry, osage orange, etc. Shoot me a PM if you are interested and I will get you his contact info.

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WDHLT15

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#7 posted 10-25-2014 01:19 AM

Very cheap. If it is dry it is a steal. Even wet, you can dry it, and it is still a good deal,

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

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 12:30 AM

When you say it’s a 2 hour ride, I interpret that to mean you are going by motorcycle, horseback, or bus, any of which would be an awkward conveyance for a pile of lumber.

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

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rhybeka

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 01:19 AM

Lol – close – my full size Chevy Silverado – so I guess I should’ve said drive? it’s a chunk of time/gas – but a .80 cents for oak…it’s worth a phone call and some questions, and possibly a ride down.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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runswithscissors

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 03:55 AM

I justify this kind of thing by inviting my wife along. Take her to a couple of antique stores, a yarn shop or two, and it becomes an outing rather than an ordeal (unless you can’t stand antique stores—but think of the old tools!)

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

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