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lutherlight's picture


I am negotiating with a widow near where I live to buy all of her late husband’s mixed hardwood collection. It is about 2000 board feet of walnut, oak, maple, birch, alder, mesquite and elm.  There is a bit of clear white pine and some juniper thrown in.  As far as I know, most of it is not kiln dried, but is has been properly stacked and stored in a very dry climate for upwards of 20 years.  Does anyone know what a fair price would be for the whole lot of wood? I don’t want to take advantage, but I don’t want to make a mistake.  We live in southern New Mexico, where hardwoods come at a dear price.

RalphBarker's picture

Price research (post #170669, reply #1 of 1)

You might compile a list of current prices from several sources, and then take some sort of average based on the approximate mix of woods in the lot. A couple of sources I have used are:

Woodworker's Source in AZ:

McKinney Hardwood Lumber in TX:

Then, apply some sort of discount to the current retail price average based on the pig-in-a-poke factor, among others.