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11-05-2020 09:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple question

I got my hands on a large maple tree that was taken down, I had to take the whole thing in order to get just the few slabs I wanted for a project. Now I have all this ‘extra’. I have no idea what is a fair price to sell them.
Longest ones are about 10ft, 55inch wide, 3-4 inch depth, shorter ones are 7ft, same width and depth.
One person told me $40 a board, another person told me $300-$500 a board. Any advise?


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#1 posted 11-06-2020 12:03 AM

Darkest maple I’ve ever seen but nice wood!

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#2 posted 11-06-2020 01:07 AM

Guessing the person saying $40 was wanting a few. My guess is figure out how many boardfoot and then figure out a price based on that. To me $40 is WAY low. Others on here will have a better idea but guessing the wide and long ones will be every bit the $500 range. Depending on your area you may or may not have the market for those prices so that will effect the price as much as anything

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#3 posted 11-06-2020 01:24 AM

Nice looking slabs. Where are they located

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#4 posted 11-06-2020 01:28 AM

Yes. Where?

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#5 posted 11-06-2020 01:29 AM



Nice looking slabs. Where are they located

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Upstate NY. Small town of Mexico, about an hour north of Syracuse.

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#6 posted 11-06-2020 01:38 AM

Ask around at commercial places. Tell them you are looking to buy a maple slab and give them the rough size of yours as what you’re looking for. If they don’t have it, and most wont, they might know where to get it. Then you’ll know the going rate. Find out also if the slabs being offered have been dried. That will make a big difference.

Also, are you sure that what you have is Maple? It looks nice but it does not look like Maple.

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#7 posted 11-06-2020 01:43 AM

yeah 40 bucks is a joke.kinda depends on the location,here in los angeles those would go for about several hundred to maybe a grand or more for the biggest ones.

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#8 posted 11-06-2020 01:51 AM

What does it look like if not Maple?
The tree was cut down when I came across it, all that was there were the huge logs. The owner told me it was Maple. I just saw the size and that beautiful grain and knew I wanted it, I never questioned the species.

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#9 posted 11-06-2020 01:55 AM

im thinking the same,it’s damn nice but it sure dont look like any maple ive seen.

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#10 posted 11-06-2020 02:03 AM

Now you’ve got me wondering. If not Maple what else could it be. Keeping in mind this is Upstate NY. We got Maples all over the place.

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#11 posted 11-06-2020 02:23 AM

These were the logs before getting milled

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#12 posted 11-06-2020 02:48 AM

Need to start looking for the craftsman of repute in your area – they will be the one to buy such a price piece. These are pretty big compared to a lot of slabs, so they have a real draw to them. You’ve got the time it takes to dry them and they will only retain their value.

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#13 posted 11-06-2020 05:36 AM

The color looks like cherry but these are probably too wide to be cherry. It could be black walnut but maybe it`s too pink for that. My computer color may also be off. They will be worth at least a couple of hundred or more likely more for each. And I agree, let them fully dry. A good lumberyard should be able to easily identify them.

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#14 posted 11-06-2020 01:36 PM

A 10’ x 55” x 3” slab is 137.5 bf. Around here, maple sells around $3/bf for KD and graded. So if you knock some off for it not being kd and say $2/bf, you have $275 for that slab. I think that’s the low end. Somebody who wants a big slab for a conference table or something would drop that in a heartbeat for a solid chunk. Just some food for thought. When you get right down to it though, it’s gonna be worth whatever somebody is willing to pay for it. If I were planning a workbench build, I’d probably be at your door as fast as my truck could make it ;-)

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#15 posted 11-06-2020 01:39 PM

And I’m fairly sure it’s Maple. The color seen I’m sure is what it looked like when first sawn and wet. It’ll fade pretty quickly. The sapwood and bark are very Maple-y…

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