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Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 06-30-2011 01:38 AM 1429 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2011 01:38 AM

I’ve just been given a pickup-truck load of good-quality, seasoned cherry. All 20 boards are 4/4, 10-11 feet long, with widths ranging from 6” to 9”; one board is about 5’ long and 15” wide. I’ve also got many 3/4” x 3/4” offcuts, ranging in length from 5’ to 11’.

The cutting was done using a portable sawmill (bandsaw-type), so none of the sides is truly “finished.”

Whether you’re interested in buying them or not, I need your input as to how much I should ask ($/ board ft.?). I trust my fellow LJers to give me an honest answer! I live in Oak Ridge, just west of Knoxville.

Thanks in advance.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 01:56 AM

4/4 Cherry in California is running about $6-$8 a board foot depending on quality. It seems that here we pay a premium for the really good stuff, as much as $15 a bf.

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 02:36 AM

Jim, first of all it really depends on quality of the boards….for woodworkers…nice figuring adds to the price. Ken is correct as far as CA goes….expensive out here…..and getting more as the cost to ship has risen through the roof.

You can get a great idea of prices by checking on Ebay, Woodplanet, Woodfinder….etc. The price will fluctuate a bit based on location (the areas where the trees are is typically cheaper)...but most companies will charge around the same price for similar grades. That is only the cost for the wood though…the big cost is in shipping….wood is heavy and the size and shape that it has to ship is not conducive with using a lower cost delivery company.

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 03:24 AM

Jim, another way to get an idea is to look on Craigslist and see what other woodworkers are selling cherry at in your area. You are not too far from central Kentucky and I pay from $0.30 for cherry at auctions to $3.40 for FAS grade kiln dried material from my regular supplier. If I can catch him with some that he really needs to get rid of I can get FAS grade for $2.40 a b.f.

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 02:09 PM

Once you settle upon a price, I might be interested here in WV.

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