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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 12-04-2018 10:02 PM 467 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2018 10:02 PM

I have 5 ash slabs, paid $50 a piece. They are kiln dried, 5’x24”x4”

I ordered the rest of the guys remaining slabs at the same size, 6 more at $50 a piece.

So my question is should I resaw these 6 down to 2” and have 12 table tops to sell, or should I stick with 4”? Not sure if customers will really jump all over a 4” thick table moreso than a 2” of the same type.

The local hardwood store near me sells 1” ask slabs at $800 a piece. Not sure how he gets people to pay that, but If I was planning on selling one table 4” thick at $1000, compared to this companies price, I should be able to sell 2” thick for $1000. This is price of lumber, not including any labor or other wood or parts added.

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 10:14 PM

I think it depends on the table style. I also think for anything other than a medieval King Arthur – esque table 4” would look too thick!
I don’t think the sales price would be any different between 2-4” thick tops
I would definitely want to keep some 4” material for legs/bases though!

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 10:54 PM

The styling of the base is also important for some people. Lumberjocks like us may be sold on beautiful grain, but many people look for other qualities.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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