20 yr old walnut?

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04-10-2014 07:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber walnut black walnut air dried

Found a guy that is about 3 hours away from me wanting to sell some black walnut boards.
Rough cut, 4/4, between 8-16 in wide and 6-8 ft long. 450 bd ft. Awesome price, which makes me wary.
He says the lumber has been air dried under a barn for 20 years. SO, question is, since its 3+ hours drive time away, do yall think the lumber is any good?

20 years old, air dried, only 1” thick. I’m kinda worried that its too dried up, could have warped or split. What do yall think?

-- heyblue27

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 07:53 PM

I’d go for it if the price is right and it was dried properly. The moisture content will only get so low.

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

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 07:58 PM

If it’s been stacked right and kept out of the weather, it should be OK. There will no doubt be some splitting on the ends. Hard to tell about warping without seeing it but for the right price, I’d make the trip. Ask for some pictures.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 07:58 PM

I can’t understand why he simply can’t put your mind at rest with some recent photos.I would insist on that for peace of mind. Then if the price is truly good and it all makes financial sense rememberring the added cost of fuel etc plus your time. Then go for it.I wish you great happiness with your new purchase if it all works out kindest regards Alistair

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 08:22 PM

20 years old is not old.
The question is has it been stored correctly. If it is in a damp spot under a barn, it might be problematic.
Ask for pics, ask was it a dry area with good circulation. Was it a damp area?

I love air dried lumber. While many here avoid it, I find it to be great. I leave it in my basement stickered for months.
Then I bring it into the shop a few weeks before I need it.

I rarely have stresses..

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-10-2014 08:48 PM

Look for end checks and if you have a moisture meter it might help you make a better decision.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 09:03 PM

Buy it, send it to me in 25 bd ft segments, (DHL likes that).

I’ll check it out and and tell you what it is worth. If you want it back, I’ll be happy to send it as long as you pay shipping and handling….. oh, and a little extra for my time.

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

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 01:17 AM

Look for evidence of powder post beetles in the sapwood. They seem to like walnut sapwood.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 12:19 PM

Exactly, I would expect to see some PPB damage in the sapwood. You can always rip it off before using the walnut.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 12:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your insight and experience.
Talked to him one more time and liked what he had to say. Trees were cut in Boone, nc which is WAY up in altitude!
Seems like the wood has been well taken care of. He’s in his 70’s and been avid woodworker for years so he knows his wood it turns out. (pun intended!) It is not planed or edged so there will be waste but he said it’s not bad.
So i decided to get it BUT…......

Problem now is I’m not sure if I can take advantage of the deal! He says he can’t be around this weekend, but he needs the wood gone by next Friday. My wife is having ankle/foot surgery Tuesday of next week so she is going to require mega assistance during the next week. And because of all the doctor/surgeon visits, i don’t have much vacation time left on the books!!!
450 bf of air dried Black Walnut for less than $2/bf! I’ve got to find a way to get there somehow!

And Dallas… thanks for the thought..but I’ll pass!! you’re too funny. :)

-- heyblue27

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