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Kevin

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01-05-2011 03:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood rough rough cut maple hard maple walnut

Hi,
just curious if these prices are pretty reasonable per BF. The wood is 5/4 and has been air dried for a little over 1.5 years in the covered sheds the sawmill has.

Hard maple – 1.20 bf
Walnut – 1.40 bf

I can buy as little as 1 board if need be, but I plan on buying probably 50bf of each one if it’s a good deal. I know maple is harder to work with when staining or at least i’ve heard anyway.

Thanks,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY


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live4ever

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 03:17 AM

Great deal…I wouldn’t expect it’s FAS or anything, but still a good deal for No.2 or No.3 common.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 03:22 AM

Kevin, this is a pretty good price for both woods. Walnut and maple are pretty common in our area, and, as such, do not command premium prices. But this is a good deal. I agree that these should not be FAS grade but you can always work around the knots and defects at these prices. I get my wood from a supplier in Danville. The last time I got any wood FAS grade maple ran 2.00 a bf and FAS grade walnut was 2.50.

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 03:30 AM

Good deal then. Yeah, I wouldn’t think it would be FAs either, but for those prices I should be able to work around like you guys said.

I would think the maple, walnut and oak are pretty common where I live too. When you said Danville, it made me think of Danville, KY.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 03:30 AM

Kevin – this is a good deal.
Like good man Scott said, even if it’s not perfect – who cares.
The price is low enough that scrapping a bit here or there won’t hurt ya.
The price you are getting it at is some of the lowest in the country.
I look forward to see some of the project results of your use of this nice wood.
Regards – Jeff

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 03:49 AM

Kevin, you are right. That is where I go. It is about an hour’s drive but it is well worth it. For instance my last load of FAS cherry went for $2.40 a bf. For retail outlets in central Kentucky $5.00 seems to be the norm.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 03:51 AM

Thanks Jeff,

I live in a really small town too so that may play a part in it. Guy I talked to seemed really nice also. I have a chest of drawers, a few bookshelves in mind right now. I am in the process currently of building a mission buffet for the kitchen out of oak along with building myself some base cabinets out of 3/4 plywood and oak face framing for the garage. I just wish that I had more time when I got home from work in the evenings though :)

I can say this, man I can’t wait to get started :)

kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 04:06 AM

Hey Scott,
I’ve been there a few times, not too far from where I live. I probably will see how much a BF his cherry wood is also. Not sure, but I thought he said on the phone it was 4-1200, so I didn’t ask twice, LOL.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 09:41 AM

Fire wood deliverd and stacked goes for $2 bdft, so…....................... looks good to me ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 07:49 PM

At that price buy as much as you can afford and store; assuming it isn’t significantly twisty or punky.

No feeling compares to having a couple hundred board feet of walnut on your rack waiting for the next project

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 08:42 PM

Personally I would not use air dried lumber. Sure, the moisture content could be as low as kiln dried if it has been stored properly but the kiln drying process actually collapses the cells so they can’t absorb as much moisture from the air so it is much more stable. Air dried lumber will move a lot more with changes in humidity.

This might not be much of a problem in general but if you have to put things in storage or go on vacation during the winter and keep the heat lower than normal while you are gone, you could end up with some problems.

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 09:25 PM

Good price. Inspect the wood before you take it home. Air dried does not always kill or remove the critters. After several years, the wood should be fine. I have used both air dried and kiln dried, the kiln dried, depending upon the temp, is harder to work with hand tools because it “crystalizes” to a point.

Air dried lumber will have more movement

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 02:55 AM

I’ll definately look to see what shape the boards are in. If the boards look good i’ll be buying a lot of it and store it on my rack for future projects. Hopefully it will be good, i’ll post back on Saturday and let you guys know for sure.

Thanks for the input,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 02:51 AM

Didn’t get a chance to pick up the wood today. We got 6-7 inches of snow by the morning and they clost at noon on Saturdays so I’ll be picking it up during the week if I can find time on my lunch break.

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#14 posted 01-24-2011 10:11 PM

Picked up about 70bf of cherry and 40bf of walnut. There wasn’t a specific grade to the planks, but I got to pick out what I wanted though. All boards were at least 8” wide x 10’ long. I expect to have some waste, but for the most part it was pretty good looking. The guy also threw in 7-8 pieces of cherry/walnut that were 6” wide x 3-5’ long for no charge just to get rid of the smaller pieces.

Bought them all for $100 bucks cash.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#15 posted 01-24-2011 10:34 PM

Good stuff! Can you post a pic or two so we can see your score?

Man, what I’d give to get walnut and maple for that cheap!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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