LumberJocks

Live Edge/Crotch Walnut - Premium Price?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Marcus posted 02-11-2013 02:26 PM 2015 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


02-11-2013 02:26 PM

I have an idea in my head for a live edge walnut desk so I started hunting around for some lumber. Normal 8/4 walnut goes for $8-$11/bd ft where I am at. I found a guy who mills and kiln dries his own live edge lumber and he has the following piece:

It’s roughly 27”x49” and 8/4, so around 18 bd ft. While a gorgeous piece of lumber, he’s asking $360 for it. $20/bd ft seems like a pretty high premium for live edge lumber. All of his live edge and crotch slabs are priced at $20/bd ft, so its not a premium for this specific piece. He sells his regular 8/4 walnut for $8/bd ft.

Anyone have any comments on what a premium should be for something like this, or should it just be sold at the going rate for walnut?


14 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile

bondogaposis

2748 posts in 1098 days


#1 posted 02-11-2013 03:42 PM

He is charging a premium for the crotch figure, which you have to know is always in limited supply. Whether you buy it depends on how bad you want a crotch figure desk or whether you can find a better source. I don’t think the price is that bad, you may be able to do better but if you have to travel or pay shipping it may not pencil out. Those are very nice pieces of wood, so it comes down to, if you can afford it and can you build a desk where the value of the desk exceeds the value of the timber?

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


#2 posted 02-11-2013 03:47 PM

Hey Bondo, with my penchant for measuring once and cutting 17 times, I think I might just end up with a very expensive sofa table instead of a desk!

Thanks for the insight though. I havent priced out lumber like this before, so just a bit of sticker shock.

View bondogaposis's profile

bondogaposis

2748 posts in 1098 days


#3 posted 02-11-2013 06:28 PM

Marcus, Another thought I had is that 8/4 is pretty extreme thickness for a desk top and certainly more than is needed. How about asking him if you can get some 6/4 flitches? That would still give you a pretty beefy top and you could save yourself a few board feet. You only see the surface.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


#4 posted 02-11-2013 07:00 PM

Same thought I had this morning Bondo. I emailed this morning to ask if they can resaw down to 4/4. I would probably prefer 6/4 if they had available, but it looks like everything is sawn to 8/4.

View ShaneA's profile

ShaneA

5449 posts in 1345 days


#5 posted 02-11-2013 08:17 PM

That is an impressive piece, and would make a worthy top. Better if you could beat him down some, but it is reasobable, in my opinion, because of it quality.

View saw4fun's profile

saw4fun

140 posts in 2086 days


#6 posted 02-12-2013 01:13 AM

Looks like I’m selling my walnut way to cheap!!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE www.nativelumber.net

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


#7 posted 02-12-2013 01:34 AM

Do you have any similar lumber for sale (with pictures) and any chance you deliver to the lexington area? I’ll be down that way in a couple weeks for my fathers 60th birthday.

View Clint Searl's profile

Clint Searl

1479 posts in 1108 days


#8 posted 02-12-2013 02:37 AM

Third party opinions re its value are irrelevant. What it’s worth to you is all that matters.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


#9 posted 02-12-2013 02:53 AM

Interesting world you live in, Clint.

View richardwootton's profile

richardwootton

1463 posts in 702 days


#10 posted 02-12-2013 03:39 AM

That does seem a little pricey, but then again I just paid a buck twenty a board foot for walnut from 5/4 to 12/4 thickness. However I have to dry it all myself and there aren’t any slabs with a true live edge, especially with the thickness to bookmatch a slab. In the same breath that is a gorgeous bookmatched slab!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

View WDHLT15's profile

WDHLT15

1211 posts in 1223 days


#11 posted 02-12-2013 03:43 AM

saw4fun,

Me too.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

View Nomad62's profile

Nomad62

726 posts in 1705 days


#12 posted 02-12-2013 08:23 PM

I cut pieces like that, his price is fair. A person needs to make a buck on the fancy pieces to make up for the cheap stuff. One of the un-talked about costs of wood like that is in the fact that most of it cracks or even splits as it dries, making it much less, if at all, sellable. How well it has been kiln dried is key (thru and thru, not just moisture content); if it is truly dry thru to the center it is a very nice piece; if not, and if you slice it thinner, it may warp leaving you with two useless pieces. Best of luck with it.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1080 posts in 767 days


#13 posted 02-12-2013 08:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback Nomad. I offered him $350 cash for it and he wouldnt budge. A gorgeous piece of wood, but a little bit annoyed by the man personally, so I might just have to let this one go.

View Clint Searl's profile

Clint Searl

1479 posts in 1108 days


#14 posted 02-12-2013 10:00 PM

I’m surprised that he didn’t respond to your nickel-dime offer by jacking the price to $375. Nyuk nyuk

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase