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Forum topic by Woodwizardo posted 04-30-2013 09:50 AM 1905 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2013 09:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood exotic sell buy cocbolo lathe saw turning bowls chisel crafts pens blanks burl estate sale seattle tacoma washington portland oregon nw north western resource tip question

I’m looking for advice on how to approach the task of selling a garage full of exotic wood. There are all sorts of blanks; turning, pen, etc. Lots of Burl and planks. Some of the wood species include amboyna, bocote, cocbolo, bubinga, blackwood, chechem.
This wood belonged to a artist who passed and who has created a pile of wood.
I would love to hear suggestions or approaches to selling. Located outside of Seattle.
I hope to hear back.

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 11:26 AM

The smaller pieces could be bundled and offered up for sale on forum classifieds like these. Pick a size you can handle, and get some flat rate USPS boxes (be sure to check out the regional flat rate boxes), set you price, either shipped or postage added, and see what happens. The lumber should probably be offered in bundles as well, but I guess that would be local pickup…maybe using CL, though wood working forums are also useful for such things. I would not set it up to sell in such a way that someone can pick through the stuff. Very quickly it will be “cherry picked”, you will likely have a mess to straighten out as well as the lower quality pieces to dispose of in some way. Just my opinion…..BTW, goes without saying, good pics are useful .

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 11:52 AM

I was going to say pretty much exactly what Fred said. You definitely do not want people to come cherry pick because you’ll just end up with a good deal of lumber that will be hard to sell. I would divide stuff up by type. So boxes of pen blanks or burls. If you have actual large pieces of lumber, I would probably just divide it up into 20 bf piles and sell it that way.

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 12:25 PM

I’d pull out a 1/3 for myself and just sell the rest in one lot and be done with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 02:35 PM

As long as you’re looking for ease more than absolute top dollar, here’s another recommendation for the USPS flat rate box idea for the smaller pieces. Fill up the entire box and come up with a price. It’s actually fairly easily to sell that kind of stuff on eBay. You wouldn’t even have to price it that way too. Just start the auction at $0.01 and let the market bear what it will. I actually by the bulk of my turning wood that way. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of nice wood so you really should have a problem.

As far as the larger lumber goes, its not really cost effective for small guys to ship (no volume discount with the shippers), so I’d post it on Craigslist. I also like some of the previous suggestions of pre-bundling to prevent cherry picking.

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 03:15 PM

There is so much that has been squirreled away by my Grandpa it would be a full time job learning and selling. I like the lot sale idea. If it comes down to it a 20ft box truck to move it all my be in order. Thanks for the solutions everybody.

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 05:25 PM

Best of luck selling everything. Here’s an idea too though… see if any LJ’s in the Seattle area that already knows the wood and how to sell on eBay could help out for a cut of the wood. I don’t know exactly how much wood you’re talking about but if you were in Atlanta, I’d definitely be interested in something like that. That’s probably still not gonna help if you want to move it really quickly though.

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 05:33 PM

You might also want to check and see if there are any woodworking clubs in your area. My club routinely helps people identify/price lumber and tools.

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#8 posted 04-30-2013 05:40 PM

GT said exactly what I was thinking. Too bad I can’t drive up!
Your best bet is to take some picks to figure out what you have is worth. Post an add on EBay as a lot. Someone in your area will want it & bad! If you put a little effort in you just may get back a little more in return. Good luck!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 04:14 AM

My advice is to put another post here on Lumberjocks stating your looking for a woodworker in your local area to help you. Maybe work out a deal with that person to help you bundle/price lots in exchange for some of the wood. I know I would be willing to do it if you were in the San Diego area.

For the smaller turning blanks etc. the idea of taking a picture of a medium flat rate box worth of them and putting them on ebay is pretty good, but could get tedious if there is a lot.

-- San Diego, CA

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