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Offline ftwjr

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selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« on: February 27, 2011, 07:41:52 pm »
 I have got several walnut and oak logs, we are sawing now, where is a good place to sell the lumber
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011, 08:17:53 pm »
Advertise locally.  Green lumber is heavy and costly to ship.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011, 08:42:05 pm »
lean toward trailer deck and horse fence for oak  and high school shops for pine
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2011, 08:47:54 pm »
I just sold some great looking red oak and walnut to a fellow who makes mantles and sells the on Ebay. He liked the order so well I got all his business. The other posts are good ideas too, I just lucked out on this one.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011, 08:57:47 pm »
.........., we are sawing now, ............

With no market in sight, what thickness and size are you sawing your logs?
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 11:35:28 am »
Have you considered air drying it?
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 12:48:21 pm »
You've got your horse before the cart if your sawing logs and don't already have a market.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011, 12:53:06 pm »
I got a car.  How much should I sell it for?  Youíll get about the same answer on your lumber as I would with my question.

Selling price for oak is going to depend on dimensions, red or white, grade, color, competition, and of course demand in your area.

Selling walnut is even worse.  Your widest and best grade of boards will have a lot of sapwood.  If peddling to the woodworker market youíll have to almost give those boards away.  In the wholesale market those same boards will bring the most money, as all are going to the steamer anyhow.

Iíve sold as log run in the past with stipulation to take all, especially for walnut.

You might also try posting on craigslist that you will cut the logs to specification.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 07:56:30 pm »
thanks for all the replys, is there any market for dry lumber?
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 08:15:17 pm »
The closer it is to ready-to-use the more it is worth, all other things being equal.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2011, 09:05:51 pm »
but you still need the customer
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2011, 07:11:35 am »
If you saw 2X4s the customers wants 2X6s.Saw 6 inch boards customers wants 8 inch boards.Saw 10 footers customers wants 12 footers. Lumber is hard to sell until you can get a market for it. Yes,the salesman say you can make money on lumber,but you need the customers and an inventory to sell it.Inventory is money tied up too. Have to store it and keep the weather off it.May have it for a year or more.Than some on here says the customers always wants whats on the bottom. Don't forget all logs do not make good lumber too.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2011, 11:50:37 pm »
Ifn I was to saw with out orders I would cut 12 ft 2X6 most popular board at big box store. I only cut 2X4 by accident beings they sell for .99 ea Beams and timbers seem to be market here. 1X4 and 1X6.as 1X12 also go away
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2011, 02:29:26 pm »
1x4, 1x6, 1x8 if you are sawing hardwoods and/or softwoods. 2x6,8,10,12 for softwood construction lumber.

4x4s, 6x6's and 8x8's are pretty common beam sizes.

If there are any woodworkers in your area, you'll have a market for dry lumber, but most likely not green lumber.
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Re: selling green lumber and what to ask for it
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2011, 12:34:42 am »
Some times, it is just best to seal the ends of the logs and let them sit in the deck. Three customers come along, and they are all going to want something different. If you have the logs in inventory then all three customers are happy. Where if you mill it all up and none of the three are looking for what you milled it to, you are unhappy.
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