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Aug 11, 2020 - 5:10:32 PM
1345 posts since 4/13/2017

A friend of mine has some white ash he just had milled. He asked if I wanted some, and I said only if he'd let me buy it from him. He said he'd sell it to me for what I thought it was worth. I don't know what it's worth. It's 2" thick, 7.5" wide, and 5'4" long. About 2" of the center is the center of the tree. It has a few mild checks near the ends. What should I offer him?

Aug 11, 2020 - 5:33:26 PM
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2438 posts since 3/30/2008

it seems like you're making things overly complicated. (accepting a gift graciously is an art that makes everyone feel good).

Aug 11, 2020 - 5:43:28 PM
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5495 posts since 9/21/2007

Better yet, a promise of a dinner out when things settle down might be better payment.

Aug 11, 2020 - 5:50:03 PM

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I sell ash for $1 a board foot and most I see around here are in that range. Of course it may be more or less where you are, I don't know anything about the wider market.

Aug 11, 2020 - 5:57:08 PM
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1345 posts since 4/13/2017

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Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

I sell ash for $1 a board foot and most I see around here are in that range. Of course it may be more or less where you are, I don't know anything about the wider market.


This board is approximately 5.8 board feet. I owe him ten bucks. Would ten bucks for the board be a good offer? I have a twenty in my wallet, so I could also pay him back for the ten I owe him.

Aug 11, 2020 - 6:18:28 PM

Alex Z

USA

3908 posts since 12/7/2006

Perfect.  Good friends.  You're doing things for each other.    And not counting the pennies too fine.

Aug 12, 2020 - 9:03:58 AM
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rmcdow

USA

852 posts since 11/8/2014

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but fresh milled ash with the pith in the center of the board is going to crack to the center from somewhere as it dries. I’d be careful about buying green ash unless you see the tree standing or can read the growth rings to see if the tree was leaning or watered heavily on one side. This board seems to be from a small relatively young tree; count the rings to find out. In any case, if you do buy it (not recommending that you don’t), I’d cut it down that pith right away and plane about 1/4” to 1/2” off the edge where the pith was to allow it to dry without the danger of warping or cracking.

Aug 12, 2020 - 6:50:04 PM

1345 posts since 4/13/2017

quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but fresh milled ash with the pith in the center of the board is going to crack to the center from somewhere as it dries. I’d be careful about buying green ash unless you see the tree standing or can read the growth rings to see if the tree was leaning or watered heavily on one side. This board seems to be from a small relatively young tree; count the rings to find out. In any case, if you do buy it (not recommending that you don’t), I’d cut it down that pith right away and plane about 1/4” to 1/2” off the edge where the pith was to allow it to dry without the danger of warping or cracking.


The log was about 11" in diameter. To my understanding, it has been dead for a while, and he just cut it down two weeks ago and had it milled yesterday.

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