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03-15-2018 12:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: slabs pricing craigslist species identification


I inherited two gorgeous wood slabs, and want to sell because I have no use for them. I am wondering 1) if anyone could help identify the wood species and 2) what the going rate would be for these slabs, and 3) what the best way to sell it would be (Craigslist?).

Both slabs are roughly 30” (L) x 12” (W) x 3” (D), and both sides are flat and parallel.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 01:26 PM

better, more focused photos of each side.
wet the wood with water, take photos out in the sun to enhance the grain
weigh and size each slab carefully
figure out how to box them for long distance shipment
put them on E-Bay or other auction site you are comfortable with
accurate species identification and good clear photos is the key

if the wood is not highly figured and identified correctly,
all you have is a wooden stump for firewood.
good luck !!

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#2 posted 03-15-2018 01:29 PM

One mans trash is another mans trash.

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#3 posted 03-15-2018 01:38 PM

if it were me, I’d toss them on ebay or etsy and market them in 1 of 2 ways (or both)
1. side table tops
2. wedding sign-in boards (this would be my top choice)

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#4 posted 03-15-2018 02:19 PM

Highly appropriate.

One mans trash is another mans trash.

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#5 posted 03-15-2018 02:40 PM

Highly appropriate.

One mans trash is another mans trash.

- TheFridge

- ArtMann

I thought so as well. If it was alder I’d have PMd them already.

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#6 posted 03-15-2018 03:19 PM

One mans trash is another mans trash.

- TheFridge

what if its alder? alder can be trash???

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#7 posted 03-15-2018 03:23 PM

It’s a big stretch to call those “slabs” in my opinion.

Those are just chunks of wood. The grain isn’t even in the long direction.

Value: I’d imagine very limited. I wouldn’t bother trying to sell them, personally.

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#8 posted 03-15-2018 03:38 PM

I am wondering…what the best way to sell it would be (Craigslist? I live near San Francisco).

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

- jason675

Turn them into matching end tables and sell them on craigslist.

To increase their value, tell potential buyers that they’re made from Alder.

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#9 posted 03-15-2018 04:29 PM

Every part of the alder tree can be used. It is the greenest tree out there. And leafy. Don’t forget that.

Just being associated with alder will bring their value up dramatically.

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#10 posted 03-15-2018 04:42 PM

My cousin said his neighbor said he lived next door to and man that once had an Alder tree in his yard. But I never believed him.

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#11 posted 03-15-2018 04:48 PM

Those look a lot like some maples rough slabs that I had did some smoothing on for a local artist.

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#12 posted 03-15-2018 05:09 PM

The “problem” with these is that they are cross sections of a tree, not planks with the grain running long ways.
So essentially, most people would need to re-saw them into a bunch of 3” boards…

The idea of making them into end tables or shelves and then trying to sell them as a finished product is probably the better way to go…

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#13 posted 03-15-2018 05:19 PM

Clock material…10 – 20 bucks each.

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#14 posted 03-15-2018 05:19 PM

It is difficult to discern what the wood type is. It could be Maple or English walnut or…..? They don’t appear to be particularly special or unique but as John Smith said take some better pictures. I would use alcohol instead of water to bring out the grain because water can cause the grain to raise. There appears to be some Spaulding (early stage of fungus development…which can be good because it adds color) and it is hard to tell from the picture if there are any soft spots.
The size is not really big enough for a table (coffee table?) Some would make a wall clock out of them. Wood turners could bet a couple of bowls out of them (that is what I would do). Of course there are those with more artistic ability that would fine unique uses. Trying to sell them on e-Bay puts you in the position of shipping them and I’m sure they are heavy. The local Craiglist might work but you could also try the* WoodCraft store in San Carlos, CA (it is on El Camino Real, I use to live there) to see if they would buy them….whole sale of course but they might also have some suggestions of a local woodworking group.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 03-15-2018 05:26 PM

Its soft maple. I got some of that, very similar, under my wife’s potting bench out by our shed. Got it in a city lumber dump we keep here locally for people to get firewood, and it is a great place to chainsaw out pieces for lathe work.
It’s all free. Which is about all those would be worth around my part of the world. Now, in San Fran? I don’t know.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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