LumberJocks

Wood Scavenging #9: The First Walnut Slabs are OUT of the Kiln!

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-07-2013 10:58 PM 1107 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Scavenging some turning blanks! Part 9 of Wood Scavenging series Part 10: #10 - One of two storage lots »

OK – trip to the mill on Saturday yielded a return of six walnut slabs at 16/4 (a full 4”) thick! This harvest was back in early 2012: http://lumberjocks.com/EricMSaperstein/blog/28599.

I’m trying to figure out what this cost, I got the logs on that trailer load from a local tree service along with some other material for $100 (firewood cost) ... Then some trades and such with the milling I’m estimating it cost around $150 to mill it and have it dried. So for about $250 plus our time and storage … we have six 16/4 walnut slabs.

At $10 a board foot for walnut, rounding down these are all 66” long ranging from 40” down to 21” wide. Say a 5’ x 3’ flitch at 16/4 thickness is 15×4 = 60 board feet or around $600. We have roughly $2500 worth of walnut from this log on hand.

We see some coffee tables in the mix here. Perhaps some with game boards inlaid as some are not particularly interesting grain patterns so they are perfect for a backdrop to add a chess or backgammon board. We could take the two center ones that are nicely mirrored and make a kitchen larger coffee table. Now of course we have to put the time into making the furniture, and hopefully someone buys it. With these slabs we could easily have $8,000 – $12,000 in furniture depending on what we build.

I think it’s worth it – but time will have to tell. There is TONS more wood is coming! We’re waiting on over 40 logs currently in various stages at the mill and probably another dozen or so we’d like to get our paws on and drag them too the mill. The first of the locust and a batch of cedar will be coming home soon.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com



6 comments so far

View hunter71's profile

hunter71

2110 posts in 1911 days


#1 posted 04-07-2013 11:53 PM

Good looking wood. For me the chase would be worth the end result.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7151 posts in 2027 days


#2 posted 04-08-2013 12:14 AM

yep isnt it grand, i just love getting to see what was inside, now the next stage, lets see what your going to make of it eric, i cant wait…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

5243 posts in 1567 days


#3 posted 04-08-2013 01:23 AM

Helps to have a place to store it? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View Eric M. Saperstein's profile

Eric M. Saperstein

765 posts in 1972 days


#4 posted 04-09-2013 03:23 AM

For now it has a home in a storage unit. From there TBD …

I am hoping to build the market quickly and get some stuff sold before storage requirements overwhelm us!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7151 posts in 2027 days


#5 posted 04-09-2013 03:37 AM

oh darn eric, what a shame, storage problems, let me give you my address, you can send some of that walnut and cherry my way, ill store it for you..for a small fee…just some use as we can determine…lol…...i was just checking out some walnuts here that will be a future project, there will be some incredible wood from them…ill never have to buy another walnut board in my life…, but until then, let me help you with the storage problem:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View Eric M. Saperstein's profile

Eric M. Saperstein

765 posts in 1972 days


#6 posted 10-19-2013 07:46 PM

We are gonna have surplus lumber if anyone is interested!?

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase