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Forum topic by kenandjen posted 09-18-2010 05:01 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2010 05:01 PM

what is this lumber worth i have lots of it

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 05:13 PM

Depends on many factors…

Is the lumber still “green” (freshly sawn and not yet dried)? If it’s dried, was it air dried or kiln dried? What size are the boards? What thickness and width? Is the lumber roughsawn or has it been milled (planed)? What quality is the wood? Was the wood properly endsealed to minimize checking? Was it properly stacked and stickered to minimize warping during drying? Is there any insect infestation (power post beetles and other boarers)? Is the lumber flatsawn or quartersawn (sycamore is particulary nice when quatersawn, may have great “fleck”...)?

How much of each species do you have?

Could be worthless or could be worth $5 – $10 per bf… Most likely if “reasonable quality” air dried rough sawn with mix of flat/rift/quartersawn probably worth $2 / bf average in quantities of 100 bf or greater.


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#2 posted 09-18-2010 05:22 PM

I second everything that Herb said, but I would be a little more optimistic about his $2/ bf average.

One point I will add is that if any of this stock is cut to be turning blanks you’ll probably get more per board foot. All 3 turn nicely and pecan is particularly good for turning.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 03:49 AM

i have not saw it yet but i think i may saw into cants seal ends and spray for beetles saw out boards as needed?

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 03:53 AM

i have 3 logs of pecan andsyamore that are12 feet long and 30 in. round and walnut is 12 feet long about 15 in dia. should have more syamore coming

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 04:13 AM

Seal the ends NOW. Should be sealed within a few hours of cutting down the tree (with the sycamore, you have to wait until the water quits seeping out.

Then read up on the proper way to air dry lumber (stack, sticker, strap and keep out of the sun and the rain. Best done in the cooler months when drying too fast is less of a problem).

The problem with sawing out boards as needed is the drying time. A 2” walnut/pecan board will take up to 2 years to air dry enough for use in furniture (depends on your climate and the weather as to long it needs to cure). The sycamore will be less. Thinner boards will require less drying time. One maxim used is 1 year per 1” thickness, but that is way off depending on species of wood and climate.

However, in log or cant form, they do not dry much. Cants will split on the sides, as the bark which slows the drying is gone, letting the outside dry way faster than the center. Best to leave the bark on until you saw the whole log. Either that or seal the whole cant.

Do it wrong and you’ll have a lot of firewood.



PS: If someone is going to move the fresh-cut boards, wrap them in a tarp. I lost over 20 bf of 8/4 walnut because I put fresh cut lumber in the back of my truck and drove 70 miles home. The rapid drying caused by the top boards being exposed to the air while going down the interstate caused them to check badly, ruining the entire boards.

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 07:09 PM

thank you all for all the good imfo. i am new to all this wood work just got my woodmizer

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