Big wood find #1: Why I needed a new wood rack

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Blog entry by rtb posted 12-04-2009 04:32 AM 3838 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About 3 weeks ago my wife & I went to an estate sale. This was no an auction but a 3 day sale where all items are priced. we were thee on the 2nd day went some items had started to be reduced. The owner had done some woodwork. I went to the barn where all the woodworking tools were, together with tools he used on his farm. Up against on wall were 3 boards that I could not identify.


The guy who was handling that part of the sale, who also does a bit with wood told me that they were butternut and that the would sell for $25.00 for the 3. These boards are over 1 ft wide and 17 ft long.
He also pointed out the lumber stacked above the joists the width of the barn. (aprox 30 feet.


hes listed the various types starting with cherry on the far right and the red and white oak beach, popular and on and on. He told me that it had been priced at $200.00 the day before, but had been reduced to $1500.00 and that it had been guesstimated at between 3500 and 4000 board feet. He suggested, off the record, that because of the large quantity of 8/4, 10/4 and larger pieces that it probably more. The wood had been in the loft for between 15 and 18 years and if I was seriously interested he would go into the house and attempt to get a rock bottom price. to cut the story short I got every thing in the loft and up against the wall. I later figured that at 3800 board feet I had paid 31&1/2 cents a board ft. (the picture only shows half of the loft)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 04:36 AM

definitely need a bigger wood rack… and a bigger truck!

nice find!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 04:40 AM

good score ,
what are we making with it ?

i can think of a couple of nice projects !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 04:43 AM

What a find!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 05:11 AM

I am torn as to how to respond. The nice guy in me wants to congratulate you on a totally sweet score, the jealous part of me wants to make obscene gestures at the screen…

I’m gonna go for the nice guy approach….

Nice score!

If you need more storage space I’ll send you my address. I’ll make room…

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Chris Cunanan

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 05:19 AM

sounds like an opportunity to make some money on the side reselling (looks like you have the milling capabilities too =]) as well as to make a lot of furniture! good luck with it, congrats on the score

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 05:31 AM

Not Jealous at all, Not Jealous at all, Not Jealous at all. If I keep saying it I might one day believe it.

Good luck to you.

-- If you try to fail and succeed, what have you done?

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 05:44 AM

Let me add my congratulations to those already posted. I am glad that 3800 board feet of lumber was purchased by a guy who knows what to do with it, and not just cut up for firewood.

I looked at your woodshop. I see that you have plenty of room to store your new cache of wood.

Be careful when you load and unload.

Oh, and by the way, haven’t you heard, ... someone once said that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” (Insert smiley face.)

Have fun with your wood in the coming months.

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#8 posted 12-04-2009 05:59 AM

I just reread the post . the original asking price for the wood in the loft was $2000.00 not $200.00 and my price for everything was $1200.00 more to later

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 08:48 AM

Fantastic score! Looking forward to all the things you will be making.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 12-04-2009 01:41 PM

This is a wonderful deal. I can see now why you need to add on additional wood storage.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 12-04-2009 05:40 PM

Nobody with wood ever dies here, and if they did they’d find away to take it with them!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 12-05-2009 12:57 AM

Wow that’s a find and should keep you busy for a while

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#13 posted 12-05-2009 04:19 AM

That is an incredible score!

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#14 posted 12-05-2009 04:41 AM

There used to be a wood dealer in town, he stopped selling lumber. He still had a warehouse full of lumber that he refused to sell. I still dream of that warehouse, to this day!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 02-06-2010 03:36 PM

Rt the right place right time and right money you win


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