A neighbor has a garage full of barn salvaged spruce; 25 pieces measuring
4.5" x 16" x 16'. There are some nail holes on the sides and it is filthy;
but two passes through my drum sander and it looks pretty good. It is
straight and flat.
She will be moving and doesn't want to take it with her. In fact she
doesn't want it at all; a boy friend talked her into buying it 20 years ago
and then disappeared. She doesn't care what I do with it, she just wants me
to get rid of it for her.
I figure it has to have value; geez, I've never even seen wood that size.
But who would buy it? Any ideas? (Rochester NY...)
Put out a sign in the yard, maybe an add in the local Pennysaver -
people will often buy this sort of thing for artsy projects and
"antiqued" furniture, etc. Some people even make floors out of this.
You should be able to sell it, do a little research online and asking
around to see if you can figure out what it might be worth. Some
people here may have an idea too.
A few months ago I bought 200bf of 4" thick oak on ebay for $1.25. No, not
per BF but for the whole lot.
The guy had bad luck and nobody that could use the stuff saw the auction.
I expect if I put it on Craigslist the same thing would happen; I would wind
up selling the 2000bf for $100 or something.
I have to find someone who actually uses stuff like this.
Seems to me that if you actually need 16" wide or 4.5" thick stock, it ought
to be worth $5 or $10/bf. But if you don't need it, it might be worth
$0.05/bf; after all, each piece weights 250 pounds. Just ripping it would
be difficult; forget about resawing it.
Am I wrong about this? What does stuff like this sell for commercially? (if
it is even available...)
And yes, I intend on giving her half. But it would be better to give her
half of $10,000 than half of $100.
Craig's list isn't quite like e-bay. It's not an auction. You're not
in a big hurry, are you? You might contact "vintage lumber" dealers
and builders on the web to get a ball park estimate of what to ask for,
although they may not be completely honest with you, as they're trying
to get a good deal.
If you were nearby I'd give you $20 each. Those would be great for
barn floor framing. But I'm halfway around the world and 3 lefts past
the 5th right. However, if you can email them to me, I'd send a check
ASAP. My monitor is 16" wide, so I'll put the monitor in front of the
window so the boards go outside when they arrive. However, I will
expect an email just before you send them or my window will be shut
and it will break.
If you cant email them, find a farming newspaper and list them in
there, or go to a local feed mill (where they sell livestock feed), or
tack shop (where they sell horse supplies), and advertise them on the
cork boards. Your other option would be to find a sawmill to make
smaller boards, but in all honesty I think that would be a waste.
Then there is Ebay. Sell them for a buck a piece and charge $500.00
shipping and handling PER BOARD. This seems to be a common practice
on Ebay lately anyhow. Sell the item cheap and then gouge the buyer
Selling it "as is" to someone that can use it may be best, but the market is
limited, I'd think. If you have no luck with local dealers, try cutting it
down. Chain saw if need be to 8' lengths and perhaps a Woodmizer mill to get
it to more usable boards.
Other potential users are some post and beam framers? Worth a phone call or
There are lumberyards which specialize in salvaged, old wood.
History Channel had a special on it within the last two(?) weeks.
(Modern Marvels: Lumberyards I think)
They buy the wood as is, then upgrade if for specialty uses such as a
wooden floors, walls or whatever.
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