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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 569 days ago 1254 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TopamaxSurvivor

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569 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lumber price walnut ebay

I noticed these 2 boxes of walnut on eBay. By my calculations , with shipping, the cost is $8.59 and $6.49 /bdft respectively. Why not just go to the lumber store and get what you need if you are paying that much?

Just curious?

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


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Dave Haynes

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#1 posted 569 days ago

Good question…........Hummmm!

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Dallas

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#2 posted 569 days ago

If the winner is like where I live, there is no decent lumber within 140 miles of me and none of that is walnut.
I also do not have a truck or van to haul with, in fact, I don’t even drive anymore after 40 years of driving heavy equipment.

I usually pay about $7.50 bd ft including shipping to my door and order 25-100 bd ft at a time. Rough cut up to 12/4 and 8’ long. Most is 8-10” wide.

Yes, it’s all rough sawn, but I am not concerned about that.

I should put all my shorts and cut-offs in a box and put them on eBay.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 569 days ago

I guess if you have to pay shipping rather than go to a local supplier, it is probably a reasonable or even a good deal.

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

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Bill White

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#4 posted 569 days ago

I have found that a lot of Ebay and CL sellers are on BIG doses of drugs after seeing the prices they want.
Oh well…....
Wanna buy my #4 Stanley for $200.00 + shipping of $18.50? :)
Bill

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Dallas

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#5 posted 569 days ago

Yup, If I could get people interested in wood working in our little town I could get almost all the wood for less than $5/bd ft if I could order 500 bd ft or more.
One of my suppliers even offered to pay shipping on any order of 500 bd ft or more even if it was a mixed order and it would all be under $4 bd ft.
I just have no place to store it right now, (see my shop pictures), and also I never have that much extra money that the wife doesn’t have plans for.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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oleCB

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#6 posted 569 days ago

Donno, but this page seems higher yet @ Menards. http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=lumber+walnut&sf_categoryHierarchy=

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oleCB

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#7 posted 569 days ago

I am getting $11.8 bf. wholesale for my end grain walnut tiles.

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 569 days ago

WoW!! Mernards is over $30 a bdft! I wonder how much they sell?

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

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Keith Fenton

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#9 posted 569 days ago

I believe I have had to pay around $8 for walnut, it’s been awhile though… maybe that price is reasonable in some regions? Just a thought.

Also the prices from place to place vary wildly. I can get hard maple for $2 a BF at the mill, but 20 minutes away at the the lumber yard it’s over $7 and 20 minutes further than that at our version of Menards, it’s over $10. Somebody must be buying it without shopping around.

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oleCB

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#10 posted 569 days ago

Topo, I’m not sure if Menards sells any, I can get 4/4 rough sawn, kiln dried at a local mill for under $3.00. I get green cants for abt $1.00 bf but I’m buying 200 + bf at a time. After I work it up, it goes for $1.60 for full 4” X 4” X 3/4” and $2.95 for 6” X 6” X 1”. We just bid a job for over 3000 of the 4” squares. Really hoping to hear we got that one soon! trying to think of the best way to make cabinet doors from the tiles, with the tools I have available. ;)

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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Dallas

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#11 posted 569 days ago

Topamax.....

Did you read the spec’s?

”North America; Heartwood is a chocolate brown. A heavy wood that is very stiff and strong. Excellent machining properties. Used for furniture, gunstocks and interior finish.

Nominal Size
1-3/4” thick sanded surface
5-1/2” width
120 grit sanded finish
Clear 1 face 2 edges Edgeglued

These aren’t even solid pieces of lumber. Edgeglued??? that’s not something I want to buy.

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ksSlim

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#12 posted 569 days ago

I pay $4.50 a bd ft. 30 miles from my house.
He’s got 30-50k bd ft. cut 10-20 yrs ago.

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bluekingfisher

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#13 posted 569 days ago

I guess for some the rate is reasonable if they have to drive long distances to collect from a timber yard, what with the inflated fuel prices.

I would prefer mine rough saw, just think it provides a little more of a buffer if sizing of the finished article is critical. Pre planed timber I have found always needs final planing anyway, furher reducing the end product.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 569 days ago

$45 worth of 6/4 walnut for $36, (and really it was probably 8/4 but has already been surfaced).

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bondogaposis

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#15 posted 568 days ago

If you live in a large metropolitan area it is easy to get wood. For us folks out here in the hinterlands, getting wood involves a long drive and lots of gas, sometimes it is cheaper and more convenient to pay the shipping and have it delivered to your door. You can’t do much wood working on a 2 hour drive.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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