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I know there are others out there that are just like me. Maybe it is tools, maybe it's handplanes, maybe it's lumber… who knows. I'm just wondering, at what point do you feel so drawn to buy something just the deal is so good, regardless of whether you really need it?

Here is an example. A guy near me is selling 100 bd ft of maple for $250 (all or nothing deal) and it is almost enirely clear. Depending on what part of the country you are in, you may or may not be able to get that price at a local sawmill. Near me, maple isn't all that common. It retails for $6 a foot. What makes this "special" in my eyes is that all the boards are 10ft long ant 15"-20" inch wide 5/4, material. If I could get a special order from my lumberyard, I'd probably pay $10 a foot or more.

I know several things.
1) I have a decent amount of good lumber already
2) I have no projects calling for this species or size of lumber (although I'd love to try a pie crust table)
3) I need to save my money
4) I don't have much space for storage
5) I obviously don't have a jointer this wide, and I don't have a planer this wide either, so the premium width is meaningless.

I'm still feeling the need to call my wife and see if she is ok with me making another purchase. I really need help.
 

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I think you will find that nearly everyone will say' "Go for it!". When I get lumber I usually buy at least 100 bf at a time. You will always find a use for the lumber down the road. You can always rip the wide boards to manageable width/length. As far as storage goes I am sure that you can find someplace.

About a year ago my supplier needed to unload some FAS kiln dried maple and cherry for $2.00 a bf. So I bought 100 feet of the maple and 200 of the cherry. I really did not have any place in my lumber rack for the lumber but managed to get it up in the attic- one board at a time.
 

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Sometime within the rest of your life you'll probably want maple, so just think that all your doing is saving some money now instead of having to spend more later. Just like buying groceries that are on sale.
 

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Screen name Hokie=Virginia=Richmond=craigslist ("100 board feet of 4/4 maple, that is actually 1 1/4+ inches thick! 15" to 20" wide!!!!!!!! 10 feet long, FAS grade, most pieces have no blemishes what-so-ever. This is an all or nothing deal. $250. call Christian")

If that's the deal you are talking about, I (and I am sure many others was also looking at it with interest), if you hesitate, it will be gone. :)

These are the ads that you need to just buy and then gloat about it…... ;)

I see this guy is also listing 1000 BF cherry/walnut 4/4,6/4 8-10' lengths, 6"-14" widths between$2.50-$3.50. Looks like he started out with 2100 BF and is down to 1000 BF.
Rob
 

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Buy the wood and put a new large diamond ring on the top of the pile I'm sure the wife won't complain.

I have passed up a steal of a deal a couple of times and always ended up kicking my self afterwards. Something about opportunity knocking.
 

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Rob,
You are correct about the location. I'm 99% sure that I'm going to resist this time, but I have bought from Christian before (mostly walnut and some cherry) although most was 6" wide material. I can say that I've been pretty happy with what i've gotten in the past. It is important to note what grades he is offering though because you wouldn't want to compare when he sells common grade lumber against the FAS stuff you'd find at a retail location.

I think the point of this post might have been missed. I was mostly looking to hear others stories about deals like this and whether they ended up happy about it or not. I think my last line saying that "I need help" might have given people the wrong idea.
 

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I had the same opportunity to buy 100 BF of walnut for $200 several years ago. I rationalized the money I would save in the long run and bought it. It's all gone and now I have to pay $6.00 - $6.50 BF. Buy it if you can afford to. It will pay for itself, if you sell a couple of projects. Wish I could find a deal like that.
 

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To answer you questions:

Yes, I have the same problem right now. So much of the wood out and the tools are such a bargain in this depressed economy.

I have bought way more than what I need over the past year (1600 BF cherry, 800 BF Maple, 1200 BF oak, 1400 BF Mahogany, 800 BF walnut), considering I am still working on just getting the workshop finished out and I am still 6-months to a year out from completing it.

I see ads like this and go nuts.

I was tempted to shoot off an email to make a package deal offer, all of the wood plus delivery for one price. But I look around my shop under construction and just no room for it.

The only thing that holds me back is not having a trailer long enough to haul the longer boards and many of the places selling wood like this, are 1-3 hours drive away. That is what normally keeps me from buying much of it.

Right now there is Shopbot just 20 minutes away for a great price. But I can't figure how to haul it back to my shop and it is not something I really need, but right now could afford. I am hoping someone will buying it before I can make it up there to look at it.

It is sometimes tough, especially when you can maybe/kinda/sorta afford it.

Rob
 

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I'll play devil's advocate. If you don't have a project that needs it, don't have the storage space, and NEED to save money I would say don't buy it. You may have to pay more for it when you do need it, but if really need the money now for something else then you may need a good dose of self-discipline to carefully back away. LOL

My .02

Gary
 
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