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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-21-2016 06:43 PM 1003 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been watching craigslist for some lumber deals to build up a modest stock for small projects. I found a listing for Cherry, air dried 7 years. $3/bf. pretty good, eh?

I go to pick some up this morning. the first 3 layers of the stack were soft from being out in the weather and everything under that was covered and embedded with grit and dirt. I couldn’t bring myself to run that through my planer and jointer!

What a disappointment. The condition of this stuff was awful. Thousands of BF of what had been really nice cherry trashed. Sad. Next time I will ask some more pointed questions before going to pick up lumber…

-- I do this for fun.

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#1 posted 04-21-2016 06:53 PM


Much the same goes for the condition of workshop equipment on ebay. the same poeple have for sale great equipment ruined and turned into an expessive piece of rusting machinery by lack of knowledge or even care for that matter.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 07:47 PM

Hi Matt,

I bought a bunch of Oak and Cherry from a widow that had been looking at the pile in her back yard for years.
Like you said, it was gritty and had several layers of dust on it. She told me that several woodworkers had looked at it and passed because it would foul op their planer.

There was about 350 bd. ft. of 1” mill run lumber there and I bought the whole pile for $300 …(her asking price).
I took it home and fired up the pressure washer, restacked and stickered it and I have planed about 150 bd. ft. on the same knives …

Moral to this story … Never pass up wood because it’s dirty.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 04:09 AM

I feel ya Matt. I feel the same way about Craigslist these days. I’ve been looking for a drill press for a long time. I really don’t want to buy new. But people are asking new+ prices for their used equipment.

Here’s one that perfectly suits my wants:

$550 for a no longer manufactured drill press that reviews from YEARS ago indicate purchase prices of $520-575. I offered $350, because I would hope to get it for $400. I think that’s extremely fair. His response, $550 firm. Even though his ad says ”$550 or best offer”.

Grumpy, that’s an awesome haul. But at Matt’s price of $3.50, you don’t buy and then take it home to do all that work. Last 25 bf of cherry I bought was sub $4.00/bf from Woodworkers Source, so $3.50 is decent, but it’s not $0.85.

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 09:30 PM

At 0.85 I would risk it, but not at $3… good to know for the future though. I do own a pressure washer.

-- I do this for fun.

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 09:31 PM

BossQ, I here you on the tools. Just nuts.

-- I do this for fun.

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