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02-13-2014 04:05 PM

greetings all! I’ve stumbled my way here, hopefully by divine intervention.

I”m working on a remodel in the house and I very much want to do a live edge counter top in my living room. I bought a beautiful piece of live edge/bark-on Black Walnut (~8.5’ x ~21”-24” deep x 1.5”-2” thick) at an antique fair. I was sure it was perfect when I bought it (before I had really settled on what I was going to do) and I couldn’t pass it up for $100!Alas, based on what I’ve decided to do, the piece is too short. I really need it to be at least 9’ and I’d like it more like 11’. So, it looks like I’m going to have to pony up and buy another slab (which is fine because I’m going to cut this one and make a vanity top and backsplash in my bathroom…that’s another thread for later).

Right now, what I’m looking for is either someone that has stock, can mill stock, or can recommend someone that can to meet my dimensions and desires. What I need (approximates):

11’ x 24” deep minimum from squared back edge x counter top thickness (1.5”? 2”?)
square cut ends and a squared back edge to sit against the wall
live front edge (no bark)
rough milled…I’ll do the finishing to save on cost.
I’d like something with some character and color if I can swing it in the budget.
I need it shipped to South Florida (33434) or within a couple-hours drive to pick it up.

Here is my Photoshop mockup:

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 04:18 PM

Find a small local saw mill or you can look on craigslist in your area.

-- Frady in Denton,NC _Trying to bring what was to be firewood to life! Semper Fi!

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 05:03 PM

It will look nice once done. First, I don’t think you will find a sawmill that will cut you a slab 11’ long. Not because they don’t have the capacity but because they have to cut a tree that long and then cut the other slabs you don’t want to normal 8’9”. So, see if you can modify your design. Also, 2” thick rough cut lumber may give you 1-1/2. A 8’ slab 24” wide is more likely to warp even walnut which happens to be fairly stable. So, maybe go for two slabs of 12=14” and book mark them together. Another thing to consider, is that 2” slab will need at least two years to dry unless you have it planed right away, so allow 1 year per inch for whatever you end up with. Off course, climate variables must be considered.


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#3 posted 02-13-2014 05:12 PM

This place isn’t cheap: But the stuff they have is like none other.

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 06:52 PM


We are practically neighbors! I am up in Delray!! There was a man up in Jupiter that advertised on Craigslist that he had live edge slabs for sale at $3.00 per board foot. I will see if I can find his ad. Found it: , however he only lists Maple and Poplar


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#5 posted 02-13-2014 07:06 PM

thanks all. Berkshire has gorgeous stuff but WAY out of my price range.

With bookmatching two boards, I would need some kind of tutorial on joining them, but not out of the realm of possibilities if it makes the budget work.

Hey Neighbor (Bill)! If you can find that number, that would be AWESOME!

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 07:16 PM Check them out. Lots of big stuff and not too bad on prices imo. Recently purchased a nice burl from Cook woods but it was on the small side for your use. They probably have larger selections also.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 07:22 PM


I don’t have a phone number but I did exchange e-mails with him. I was trying to find out the value of a poplar slab that I have.

This company in Oviedo has an ad on CL and they claim to ship world wide:

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 07:40 PM

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

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 07:46 PM

I had contacted Glemonandsons from their CL list a while back. They were pretty expensive as I recall.

I’m looking at bigwoodslabs now…wow, they have amazing stuff! looks promising:
piece 2051

piece 3872- 2.5 x 26-43 x 122
full view 3872

piece 1255: spalted cottonwood - 3 x 24-30 x 124

piece 2138: red oak - 2.5 x 24-41 x 120

The more I look at the Black Walnut they have listed, the more I realize the $100 I paid for the one I have was DIRT cheap!

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