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Forum topic by Cmeaney3 posted 01-19-2019 01:36 PM 575 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2019 01:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: salvage wood price moravian workbench

I’m exploring options for getting lumber from two salvage mills/dealers. The first quoted me $30 per linear foot for 4”x16” Southern Yellow Pine (which is not available anywhere else in my state). The second quoted me approximately $550 for Doug fir cut to the following dimensions.

3.5” x 13.5” x 7’
3-1/8” x 4” x 12’ (I need two 6’ pieces)
2-3/4” x 3-1/2” x 13’ (I need two 6-1/2’ pieces)

I have no frame of reference for the cost of reclaimed/salvage. Are these quotes fair and in line with what you all have seen/experienced?

I am building Will Myers’ Moravian bench.

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#1 posted 01-19-2019 04:05 PM

It is hard to speculate without even a picture. The prices I see on Craigslist vary wildly.

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#2 posted 01-19-2019 04:30 PM

You pretty much answered your own question.

(which is not available anywhere else in my state).

$30 a linear foot is about $5 to $6 a bd ft.

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#3 posted 01-19-2019 04:55 PM

Lot prices need to be broken down into board foot pricing to make the conversion easier. First convert all measurements to inches. Multiply LxWxT then divide by 144 (12” L x 12” W x 1” thick) to get board feet equivalent.

So taking your SYP at $30/linear foot, you get 12” L x 16” W x 4” T = 768 / 144 = 5.3 BF for $5.62 a BF. Which depending on the age of the reclaimed lumber and some other factors might be ok, but sounds a tad high.

For the Doug Fir, I get 48.6 BF so at $550 that’s $11.32 a BF. Now with the caveat that I haven’t bought, used or otherwise worked with doug fir other than bigbox dimensional, this seems a princely sum. You could buy a variety of other hardwood species in 12/4 for that kind of money. So maybe someone will chime in that has some better knowledge, but my opinion is that pricing is way too high.


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#4 posted 01-19-2019 09:39 PM

Thanks all, the Doug fir is no doubt high quality and very old, but I couldn’t stomach the cost. The SYP is actually not even planed or has had nails pulled of anything, it’s completely salvaged. I went in today to see their other SYP stock and in the rough it looks terrible but the finished pieces seemed fine. I put a deposit down on a 13.5” wide, 3,5-4” thick slab.

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