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Spalted beech planks London - how to price?

Postby Nunhead Tim » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:09 am

Hi all,

I have had some planks milled from a 150+ year old fallen beech tree in South East London which are up to 5 feet by 2 feet and 2 inches thick. I am air-drying them now, but how should I price them when they are seasoned? The fungal staining has given them amazing colours but the timber is perfectly sound. Obviously I am planning to use some of them myself!


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Re: Spalted beech planks London - how to price?

Postby jasontatu » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:28 pm

Hi Tim... did you come up with a price for your beech planks? Will you be selling some? If you decide to, could you let me know! Cheers, Jason.. 07795114982
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Re: Spalted beech planks London - how to price?

Postby gavin » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:35 pm

Google for going rate for milled beech plank.
If the grain is wavy you'll have lot of short fibres. As the boards cup customer gets less yield. Both of these reduce the value.

Have you planer / thicknesser?
Have you table saw?
Both of these will allow you to more value to your timber.

That said, I would not go and buy this kit especially.

Whenever I have milled timber I have always regretted it - with the exception of vise-jaws for filing long-saws. Milled green timber eats loads of shed space for years. I struggled to find a buyer for it. And I also struggled to use what I have milled because my selection, my milling and my stacking methods all were not good enough to end with a premium product and of the appropriate thickness and species for the job I had in hand.

For me, timber-milling was a phase I went through.

All that said, do contact fancy kitchen-makers near you. They may want this stuff - esp since you can offer provenance. have you pictures of the tree coming down? Or of the milling? all this adds to the story of what you are selling. Stories sell stuff.
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