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Forum topic by dakremer posted 04-08-2010 06:29 PM 1260 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2010 06:29 PM

So there is a guy (about 40 minutes away) I found on Craigslist that is selling some black walnut for $2.50/bd foot. It has been air dried for 4 years. It is 4/4 with live edges. He milled it himself. Lengths are up to 12’ and 13” wide. He says its very nice. Before I make the trip out there – with just that knowledge, do you think its worth it?? $2.50 a bd foot seems like an incredible price. I’m curious as to what you guys think. Here’s the link to his Craigslist Page

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 06:35 PM

Gas up the truck and hitch the trailer! Can’t hurt to look and if you like it haul it home then before someone else does.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 06:35 PM

At my favorite hardwood lumberyard here, walnut runs from about $3 to $5 a BF kiln dried rough cut depending on the grade. This might be a great deal if it’s a good grade.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 06:43 PM

Looks good to me!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 06:44 PM

personally, i think air dried is a bit nicer that kiln dried. just in my limited experience. that seems like a good price. a great price if it is good quality lumber. remember that the widest boards may contain the pith. the pith almost always needs to be removed on walnut because it is a weakspot and will eventually crack.

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 06:59 PM

The price is definitely good, so the only thing to do is go have a look. And like Toolz said, be prepared to haul it off before someone else does.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-08-2010 09:09 PM

Man, walnut is $7.50/ bf in southern cal. If I found it at $5 it would be a huge score! Buy it!

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#7 posted 04-08-2010 10:17 PM

That’s a fair price for dry walnut. If it was planed you would pay more at a store. Check it out and sort your pieces when you buy them. Even at that price, you don’t want warped or cracked material within a pile.
Good find!!

Look out for bugs in the sap wood. He said it has a live edge- that means the sap wood will be there. I have a stack drying in the barn and it has a long line of fine dust along each board. There were little bugs in the sap wood with the natural edge. I toolk it all out and cut all the sap off with a skill saw and burned it. No more dust!

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#8 posted 04-08-2010 10:26 PM

This could be a good deal (or not). You will have to take a look to know for sure. I have some experience with this same thing (going out to look at some wood that is for sale on craigs list that was milled by the guy selling it). In each case I was disapointed because the milling job was terrible (an amature not knowing what he was doing). I dont’ respond to those ad’s any more.

But like I said, you won’t know until you look. Good luck,

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 11:06 PM

Do you have the means to test the moisture content yourself? Around my wife’s hometown there are a lot guys trying to sell lumber that they claim to be dried but once you test it, you discover it was recently sawn (possibly not even legally harvested). I’m always skeptical of prices that seem too good to be true.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#10 posted 04-09-2010 12:30 AM

Here's another extreme. According to the volume calculator, these would result in 65 – 66 board feet. And they are still in the convenient, easy to move bulk form.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#11 posted 04-09-2010 06:53 PM

that’s hilarious michael. maybe he forgot a decimal or something.

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