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Forum topic by Chris208 posted 05-23-2015 01:28 AM 713 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris208

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05-23-2015 01:28 AM

I love craigslist.

A guy in a town 30 miles from here posted an ad for 1200 board feet of soft maple in thicknesses up to 6 inches. The ad said if someone bought it all, the could have it for $.75 a foot. I have been wanting to build a proper workbench for a while now, but I can’t afford the lumber at retail prices.

I ended up getting about 250 board feet of 8/4 12/4 and 16/4. He was only going to charge me .75 a foot, but I bumped it up because he was cutting me such a good deal. I ended up paying $200 for the load.

The boards are pretty straight, and should make a great bench. Widths up to 20”.

It was a farm tree his dad gott milled up years ago. It had been air drying in a barn for the last 10 plus years.


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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 05-23-2015 01:36 AM

Soooo jealous!!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 05-23-2015 01:55 AM

Here is the obligatory, “You suck!” :) Please show pix of the completed project.

-- Art

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#3 posted 05-23-2015 01:58 AM

Wow, that’s a great way to get a slab for a bench. The 16/4 might be close to all the way dry inside after ten years. That’s a heck of a head start. What a score.

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#4 posted 05-23-2015 02:17 AM

That’s just outstanding, u da Man!

Congrats.

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#5 posted 05-23-2015 03:25 AM

Thanks guys!

I called my local hardwood retailer to see what this would have cost me there. They don’t even carry 16/4 soft maple, and the 12/4’ which was local and air dried just like mine was 10 a foot. I got over $2400 of lumber for $200!

It’s nice stuff, too. Mostly clear and good color. I got a 20” wide 8/4 slab that’s 10 feet long and totally clear. Beautiful.

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