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ADHDan

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08-27-2014 03:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut

I recently came across a handful of roughsawn walnut slabs, all of which (I think) have at least one good live edge. I don’t have any use for them in the near future and I need some extra cash, so I was going to list them on Craigslist (Minneapolis) – but I don’t have a good sense of what to ask.

All of them are at least 1.25-1.5” thick, and I chalked the vertical and horizontal dimensions (horizontal as measured right at the number, mostly for perspective purposes). I’ve labeled them A-G consistently across the pictures. They look fairly rough in the pics below, but I planed another slab from the same set by maybe 1/16” and it has the typically beautiful grain you’d expect to see from walnut.

What do you think would be a reasonable asking price for these boards? Thanks!

p.s. If any LJer in the Twin Cities is interested, shoot me a PM :-).

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 08-27-2014 04:50 PM

Forgot to post my rough price list.

A: $40
B: $30
C: $30
D: $40
E: $35
F: $55
G: $50

Am I grossly overestimating or underestimating the value of this lumber?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 05:21 PM

I just bought some walnut slabs from I guy 20 miles from my house. The slabs were 8-9 feet long. I paid 100 for as many slabs as I could load into my truck. Maybe 30-35 slabs. But I live in the walnut capital of the world. What you are asking seems fair.

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 05:27 PM


Forgot to post my rough price list.

A: $40
B: $30
C: $30
D: $40
E: $35
F: $55
G: $50

Am I grossly overestimating or underestimating the value of this lumber?

- ADHDan

Dan, it all depends on your area, of course but, if you can get those prices, go for it. I didn’t estimate all the boards but, for the G board, for example, I was thinking more like $18~20, and that may be high. ..Kind of hard to estimate from my chair, but I was going $3 / bf.

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 07:02 PM



I just bought some walnut slabs from I guy 20 miles from my house. The slabs were 8-9 feet long. I paid 100 for as many slabs as I could load into my truck. Maybe 30-35 slabs. But I live in the walnut capital of the world. What you are asking seems fair.

- mporter

Where is this walnut capital and can I visit? :)

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 07:55 PM


Where is this walnut capital and can I visit? :)

- JAY Made

No kidding. For comparative purposes, here are other posts for walnut slabs in the Twin Cities:

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/mat/4571559405.html
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/mat/4571564145.html
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/mat/4571545702.html

I kind of determined my pricing using these as a baseline, taking into account that my walnut doesn’t seem to be as nice as these slabs.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 08-27-2014 08:05 PM

I’ve never bought/sold slabs, but I think your asking price may be helped a bit if you were to brush/plane of a bit to show to figure, color, sapwood content, etc., like you mentioned you did for one slab.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 08-27-2014 08:08 PM

In CO walnut slabs go for $5-$10 a board foot, sometimes more for thick slabs.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 08-28-2014 01:37 AM

Those slabs are very irregular in with from end to end. A lot of taper in that tree. That hurts the value. I sell kiln dried and planed walnut for $5.50/BF for select grade. Those slabs are not select grade. A reasonable estimate if I were selling them would be about $3.50 to $4.00/BF.

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

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#9 posted 08-28-2014 12:36 PM

Thanks all for the advice. I think select kiln dried walnut in the Twin Cities goes for more than $5.50/BF (someone local can correct me if I’m wrong), but I was VERY roughly basing my prices on about $4-5/BF. It was more art than science, since it would be a hassle to accurately calculate actual BF for these slabs.

Here are some shots of planed walnut from the same set, if it helps with the estimation:

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#10 posted 08-28-2014 12:40 PM

They already look more valuable. Gorgeous. Would you take $40 shipped to NY :)

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 08-28-2014 12:47 PM

Awesome, thanks! I can’t plane the larger slabs on my DW734 lunchbox, but I can post the planed pictures in my CL ad to show what the wood looks like once it’s been surfaced. Does that make my prices seem more reasonable?

I wish I had a bigger planer so I could prep the bigger slabs for sale, but ironically part of the reason I’m selling these is to help finance a substantial windfall that will include a giant planer (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/61023 ). I’ll also be selling slabs and possibly tools from that haul to finance the shipping cost.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#12 posted 08-28-2014 12:50 PM

Dan, be sure to report back with how much you got. I’d be very curious to find out.

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#13 posted 08-28-2014 12:59 PM

Will do – although after running those boards through the planer and seeing that grain, I’m starting to second-guess myself. Now I’m leaning towards selling the bigger, more uniform slabs (A, D, F, G) and cutting apart the more irregular slabs to mill into boards for my own use.

Looking at B and C, I’m thinking that the value of those slabs is really brought down by their shape and dimensions, but I could get some lovely, usable boards out of them.

I got all of those slabs – including the two boards I planed as examples and one other not pictured – for $100, so I think I still came out with a good deal. You’re not gonna get 35 walnut slabs for $100 in Minneapolis, but at an average of $10/slab I’m definitely not crying.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#14 posted 08-28-2014 02:33 PM

Yesterday I priced some 4/4 rough sawn walnut here in Tucson. I just about fell over when they said 8.54 bdft. This if from a major lumber supplier in town….. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#15 posted 08-28-2014 03:53 PM

The last Walnut I bought here in KY was kiln dried clear heart wood for $1.20 bd ft.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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