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08-04-2013 11:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry walnut sale selling board foot

I have about 450-500 bf of black walnut and cherry 4/4 S2S lumber on hand and need to offload some of it. Most of the board are 8 ft long and 7.5 inches wide. Most of them all clear and knot free but some have small knots and some cracks on the ends.

I am wondering the best way to sell this. Craigslist, newspaper, eBay, etc. And also how much to sell it per board foot?


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#1 posted 08-04-2013 11:56 AM

What is your location?

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 12:02 PM

A lot of us rely on craigslist to find out lumber, so that would be a good place to start. Here in MN, $5 bd ft is about the average for walnut, a buck or so cheaper for cherry. That can very wildly by location though.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 02:36 PM

where are you?? You may sell it right here.

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 03:08 PM

If you are in Louisiana I just might be interested

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 03:13 PM

If you are in Florida I am interested

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 03:29 PM

texas….. give me a ring!

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#7 posted 08-04-2013 03:50 PM

Kiln or Air Dried?

Selling walnut at $4 for larger orders is about right – Cherry is usually a dollar +/- or so under (unless it is wide boards). If its higher grade like how you describe you can charge a little more – but you have to find the right buyers. I buy most of my walnut 4/4 H&M 13/16” S2S at $3.50 bd/ft kiln dried with orders of 75+ bd/ft. This is lower grade stuff with a little burl, knots, etc. This is in MN.

If you want to move it faster craigslist is the way to go – In most cases eBay is smaller qty plus you have to mess around shipping or freight + fees. Plus you have to deal with people that are buying sight unseen. I have never tired the newspaper.

Its all about how much work you want to do for the $.

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 03:57 PM

I am in Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 05:02 PM

Why is all the good wood WAY over on the other side of the country. :(

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#10 posted 08-04-2013 05:14 PM

I look on Craigslist all of the time under “Materials” . Also have seen it listed under ” General”.
Many people sell it by the “lot”, versus one board at a time. You don’t want to have people come and select all of the nicest boards and leave you with the lesser quality stuff. If it’s all “premium” quality, charge a premium price for it after checking on your local prices. Should we assume it is air-dried, versus kiln-dried ? Are you saying that it is still 4/4 after being milled S2S ?

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#11 posted 08-04-2013 11:29 PM

I buy air dried black walnut and cherry for $2.00 a board foot in western North Carolina. Like Marcus said, prices can very by location.

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#12 posted 08-05-2013 02:24 AM

I sell walnut in Middle Georgia for about $4.00/BF. I use Craigslist and it is very effective. If you want to move it quick, you can lower the price. Down here, walnut is hard to get unless you go to Atlanta, and the retail price at the Atlanta hardwood stores is much higher.

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#13 posted 08-05-2013 02:00 PM

Thank you everyone for your input. I will be sorting through all that I have and listing it on craigslist columbia later this week.

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