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 08-18-2004, 09:50 Post: 93783
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Can someone tell me the value of rough sawed lumber that has been stored for more than 40 years in a barn. It is pretty straight with some slight water mark staining. I have a number of 1" x 10" x 16', 1 1/4" x 12" x 16', 2" x 12" x 16' that may be oak. Seems light in weight to be oak, but sure is dry. There is a possiblity that it is maple. Also have 4" x 6" x 12' and 16'. Also have some 2 1/2" x 16" x 12' planks and barn timbers. Some of the timbers are hewn on 4 sides while others are hewn two sides with bark on the other sides. Also what is an old walnut tree trunk worth. It is about 16" diameter at the base and 12" at the top about 8' long. From the ends, cracks can be seen so don't know if it is crack all the way through.

I also have some real old stuff that my great grandparents must have cut when they settled and cleared the land about 150 years ago. The wood is cracked but sizes are 1 1/4" x 24" x 12' and 16' lengths of board. You don't see much of that stuff any more. I think one of the boards in a shorter length like 10'or 12' and is 32 or 36" wide. Suppose I should put these in a museum.

I'm thinking of selling off some of this stuff to a friend building an awesome new home. He's planning to re-create an old style schoolhouse look in one of his rooms and doing some other unique things.






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 08-18-2004, 10:08 Post: 93785
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Yooper, the lumber is probably worth what someone is willing to pay...hard to judge lumber. A "board foot" is a volume measurement, equivalent to 1" thick, 12"x12". So your 1x10x16' is 13.3 board feet. Rough sawn oak and maple, air dried, in my area is going between .75 and 5.00 per board foot, depending on the quality (less knots, straighter grain, is better). Water marks may or may not plane out. The walnut log, if it doesn't have any nails in it, might be worth as much as $400...or $10 (firewood). I had my property timbered, and was lucky to find someone honest to give me a fair price...I had #'s from $3000 to $26,500 from several different lumber companies. I was lucky, I took the high bid, and my property did not look like a nuclear bomb had gone off when they were done. Good Luck!






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 08-18-2004, 10:23 Post: 93786
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Blueman:
Appreciate the input. Figured it was worth somewhere between worthless and its weight in gold. Also need the correct buyer interested in this stuff. I had a figure in my head of about $1.00-$2.00 per board foot. Had also heard the watermarks may go all the way through. Snow blows through the 3/4" wide cracks in the wood board siding and builds up on the lumber during winter months.

Am having a board planed to get a better idea of its worth.






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PS, you might even try putting some of the lumber on Ebay...I'm always amazed at what is on there, and you can reach out to people that may be looking for some of the old lumber!!






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 08-18-2004, 10:32 Post: 93788
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It could be chestnut. Whatever it is, it's probably worth much more than the current crop of air or kiln dried lumber. I would ID it and check with some of the woodworking sites on the net to get an idea of the value.






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 08-19-2004, 05:11 Post: 93840
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E-bay is truly amazing at what you can find there, no matter what you've got to sell some one somewhere is looking for it. Far as value, I't hard to say without seeing the lumber, so I won't venture a guess. Best of luck. Frank.






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If it is old growth in Michigan, it might be ash. The way the ash has disappeared around here, you may be sitting on a piece of Michigan history.






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Thanks for the input. We had one board planed and found out that it was oak like I thought. The water marks did not go through but some warpage caused it to be planed quite a bit. Because of the 16' lengths, he is planning to use it for custom baseboard trim. He can get 2 to 3 pieces per board depending if it is 10" or 12" wide.

On this 1" thick variety of material, I've decided sell it for $1.50 per board foot. If we go to thicker materials, I'm going to raise the price. Likewise, ash may sell slightly higher.






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