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Maple - curly / birds eye and hard maple fair market price8/5
I would like to have your expert opinion. I need to sell this wood. I have had it in my possesion for many years. There is a mix of curly/birds eye & hard maple. They are not rough, they are nicely smooth (uncertain of verbiage). Most pieces have a very thin film (somewhat transparent) of sorts, on one or more sides (possibly finish & or adhesive) that is easily removed (can wet and scrape) All pieces are:
Lumber is typically priced by the board foot. One board foot is 144 cubic inches. Your largest pieces are 2 board feet each. The 22" pieces are less than one board foot apiece, and the smallest are less than half a board foot each.
This will depend on how much your time is worth, but my guess is that the plain hard maple will hardly be worth selling unless you have an awful lot of it, and then you'll want to sell it large amounts because individual sticks won't be worth messing with.
The price of the figured (curly, birdseye) maple will depend on its quality and on the market you've got access to. You could search ebay for similar lumber to get a sense of the price range, but keep in mind that those prices are specific to ebay, where hobbyists are willing to pay a premium for small pieces of especially nice wood. If your wood is lower quality, or merely looks lower quality in photographs, or if you are limited to your local market (i.e craigslist) then you're unlikely to be able to fetch such prices.
Renie, I use lumber like you have in my work.
When I buy shorts from a door factory, mostly plain stuff, frequently with end checks, I pay the wholesale price for #2 lumber if I buy a neatly stacked pallet load.
The fancy stuff is worth more, especially if it is free of end checks. I think it ought to bring the price of FAS and I'd sell it by layers on a pallet or by some unit , X # of board feet. Take nice, clear photos in revealing light of each deal you offer. Document what's there in each deal. On Craigslist you can post each ad with a number of photos for for free. I'd do 'em in batches and hang onto the text and images because you may end up paying to sell them on either Woodweb or eBay.
Oh, you'll likely meet a few flakes, crooks and scammers on CL so keep your heinie unexposed. You'll meet fine, interesting people, too, so don't be peremptorily rude.
i would put that in the wood stove and be nice and warm