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Forum topic by kyle123 posted 05-06-2017 04:45 AM 928 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2017 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut cutoffs

Hi guys, I’m new here but have been trolling the forum for a while.

I’m trying to figure out the price for what appears to be cut offs. Here’s the situation;
A nice lady I recently met lost her husband a few years ago, who as just starting to get into hobby woodworking. She is just now thinking about selling his stuff. He has some nice gear, but I’m interested in these rolling steel lumber racks she has and she has some lumber which I don’t really know what to offer her for. She has probably 50-80 pieces of walnut that are about 3/4 S2S and roughly 10” – 18” long and <>4” – 8” wide. She also has about the same in red oak.

Also, these steel rolling racks are about 6’x8’x18” that he purchased at a home show and she doesn’t know the value and there is no brand info on them. Not sure what to offer her for those either.

Like everyone, I’m looking for a deal, but I also don’t want to screw this nice lady over either. If someone could give me just an idea where I should start I would appreciate it.

BTW, we’re in Missouri, about 40mi outside of St. Louis. (I know location plays a role in walnut pricing)


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#1 posted 05-06-2017 04:55 AM

I would estimate the board feet and offer 50 cents per as a lump sum, so maybe $300 for all the lumber.

Steel rolling rack is too generic a description to offer an opinion.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-06-2017 05:40 AM

Also figure in what you can do with 10” – 18” long and <>4” – 8” wide lumber. If you want to build small boxes and things, great, but it’s not what I’d call useful lumber. Much of my scrap pile is a similar dimension.

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#3 posted 05-06-2017 08:12 AM

Personally I wouldn’t pay anything for wood under a foot long. If her husband had just started to get into woodworking it seems unlikely to me that these are cutoffs from his own projects, more likely he picked them up for free from a cabinet shop (but maybe not, and it doesn’t really matter). 50 cents a bf is probably a decent compromise to do right by a widow and nice woman. But by my calculations, and taking the average of the figures you give (65 pieces, 14 inches long, 6 inches wide for each of two species) I only come up with 75 bf. $300 would be way too much. Maybe my math is off?

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#4 posted 05-06-2017 03:52 PM

My post should have read $30

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#5 posted 05-06-2017 05:48 PM

maybe some tools from her and have her throw it in

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#6 posted 05-06-2017 09:21 PM

Better yet since they ain’t worth much buy the rack. Take the wood for free with the understanding that you’ll build her a box or two in rememberance of her belated husband. That sounds lik a win win

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#7 posted 05-06-2017 11:19 PM

$300 for the racks and lumber with a memory box made from some of the wood. Offer her a good price up front and may want to throw in some other things. I bought some small lumber from a gentleman who was having health issues and was getting out of wood working. After I offered a very good price for the small cherry pieces he threw in some veneer and then priced me out some 12”x 12’ 8/4 oak at a couple bucks a board then tried to throw in his cnc station since he had enjoyed bsing with me and I wasn’t trying to lowball him. I turned down his offer and told him I appreciate it but I’m sure he could sell it and make something off if it. Then he free in some clamps and other misc items I ended up giving him another $50 on top of our agreed price. Speaking of him I might give him a call and see if he wants to do dinner somewhere.

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 01:33 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I know not giving any more info on the racks was a bit limiting, but it was all the info I had. I haven’t bought lumber outside of construction stuff to build my shop in years so i had no idea if these pieces were worth anything or not or if people even paid for stuff like this. I’m 99% sure these weren’t cutoffs from his projects, just stuff that he’d got somewhere.
If I got anything from her I was planning on making something like a memory box for her just as a thank you for giving me first crack at her husband’s stuff.

As for the tools, she has a Steel City table saw that if not for some saw dust inside, looks like its never been used (and I need a new table saw). It’s a 35600, 1.75hp left tilt saw. The little I’ve found about this saw says that they discontinued this model around 2010. I’m not sure if this is the saw I should be looking at. No riving knife, lower power motor, etc.. If I was to offer her something for this saw, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I saw some posts from guys looking at this model saw at around $500 from about 5 years ago. That’s where I’ve gleaned my info. I didn’t really find anything on SC’s website about it except for the user manual. Not sure if I should buy this from her for $??? and get the band saw I need or spend more on a new table saw and put off the band saw for a while.

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