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#1 posted 07-12-2017 11:54 AM

Too bad you are so far away from Georgia. I sell a lot of slabs. I kiln dry them in my dehumidification kiln. If they are not flat, I put them back on the sawmill after kiln drying and make a skim cut to flatten the top surface, then plane them to get them dead flat. Since they are kiln dried to less than 10% at that point, they remain flat and stable. I cut my slabs at 9/4 which is 2 3/8” thick rough, and 90% of them plane out flat at a full 2”. As to price, I price slabs at 1.5 times the price for standard 4/4 lumber for that species. For instance, If I am selling a kiln dried and planed board of a given species at $5/bf, then the 9/4 slab is priced 1.5 times that so it would be $7.50/bf.

Some people price slabs ridiculously high. That is why I have a consistent and easy to explain process for pricing slabs, Also, they need to be fully dry and flat. That can be a challenge, but a kiln dried and flat slab is more desirable and valuable than one sawn out poorly and only air dried at best. It takes 2 times as long to dry 2” lumber versus 1” lumber, so there is no instant pudding with slabs. .

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

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