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