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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 08-28-2017 06:20 AM 1189 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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08-28-2017 06:20 AM

Here in southern california, great walnut at a good price is… impossible to get. I’ thinking about a road trip to Missouri? Iowa? Where? And picking up a few (3-4) hundred board feet. I’m thinking a sawmill moreso than a retail lumber yard. Where should I go? A recommendation for a Specific person or mill would be greatly appreciated. I’m thinking i’ll fly somewhere and rent a truck to get home. Black walnut pricing here runs from $8-$15 a board foot. Advice?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 08-28-2017 11:06 AM

I get my hardwood at Hickory and Oak Sawmill in southwest Michigan. They show 4/4 walnut at $5.85 bf.

There probably are some aces in Iowa that are closer.

I think it would be cheaper to just buy it there.

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 12:33 PM

Woodfinder

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 12:51 PM

Go to TH&H near you. They have good selection and the price is reasonable.
I do not think I would be willing to drive several thousand of miles in a truck, spend few days and fill in gas quite a few times to save $2 for a board foot on that amount of wood you plan to buy.
If you need tens of thousands of bf that could be a different story.

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 02:11 PM

come to Kentucky. about 3.70 a bf at my mill

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 04:04 PM

Bohnhoff Lumber

3411 E. 26th. St
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Office (323) 263-9361 Fax (323)263-9795
Great people, they bring a large pallet of wood for you to sort through, I just got 150 BF maple for my Roubo and it was $3.75 BF . selection was great
I think they quoted me $7 for 4/4 walnut
Unless you order from a place and have it trucked in it wouldnt be worth it, unless you want to go on a road trip for fun.

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL

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