Walnut lumber - is this a good deal?

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I found someone selling a pile of rough-cut, air-dried (~2 yrs) walnut for $200. Not much for specifics in terms of the size of boards, but supposedly it’s a stack of wood 12’ x 4’ x 3’. I assume that includes some spacing for air circulation but I’ve never dried wood so I don’t know how much this actually amounts to. But I would think even if half the volume across 2 of the dimensions is air, that leaves me with 12’ x 2’ x 18” which is 432 bd ft., right? It seems like I almost can’t go wrong paying less than $0.50/bd ft. (assuming I did my math right) when people on CL are selling walnut for around $4/bd ft.

At first glance does this seem like a good deal? What questions should I ask the seller? Should I take along a moisture meter?

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#1 posted 441 days ago

At first glance, yes. I would make it a point to pay a visit to the seller as soon as I could and take it from there.

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-- Nicky

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#2 posted 441 days ago

never hurts to go have a look, sounds like to me like a steal.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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#3 posted 441 days ago

I have a stack of cherry about that size air drying right now.
It was about half sawed as 8/4 and half as 4/4, boards are ~11ft long and mine was figured as 525 BF.
I paid $450 for mine and felt like I got a real deal..
Your calculations are probably pretty close.
It’s possible you have some sap wood in that pile, but it’s still a deal at that price.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#4 posted 441 days ago

I would be all over that walnut like white on rice! Like flies on horse crap. Id have that lumber in my shop like yesterday. Or something like that. ;)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#5 posted 441 days ago

unless its full of WDO’s you would score nicely if your quick enough….

-- Ken, Tallahassee,FL

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#6 posted 439 days ago

Way too much money would you pm me the phone number so I can go set the guy strait. HEE HEE and a sly smile.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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