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Forum topic by JAG07 posted 09-14-2014 10:29 PM 729 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JAG07

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09-14-2014 10:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut rough sawn boards price

Found a guy on Criagslist a town over with a bunch of rough walnut. I’m not sure I’m up to finishing up the milling with what I have available but wanted to see the going rate for wood of this type and milling status.

I don’t have too many photos and they aren’t very good quality. I hope it will be enough to help with the guess-timations.

-- Learning/ruining wood with a few happy mistakes. KCCO


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richardwootton

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 10:36 PM

It is kind of hard to tell from the photos, but how much is he asking for the lot? And did he say how many board feet there is total?

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 11:00 PM

12 boards, Average 13’ long, Average 12” wide, he says 1” thick with a single 2”.
Just got his reply and his asking price was 80 per board.

-- Learning/ruining wood with a few happy mistakes. KCCO

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 11:07 PM

Looks like log run quality which sells for about $3.00 bd ft here. It will have a lot of checks, splits, knots and wane. There will be a lot of end splits since he didn’t use anything to seal the ends after cutting. If his asking price is $80 per board, he is dreaming.

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JAG07

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 11:27 PM

Ahh yes checks and wanes… (where is that woodworker’s dictionary?)

Can see some of the split ends from the photos.

I will float that price by him and see what kind of reaction I get. Thanks for the help.

Still not sure if I want it. I have never planed or jointed anything. Plus I don’t have the equipment to do any of those things with the desired accuracy. I could borrow or rent some of it.

-- Learning/ruining wood with a few happy mistakes. KCCO

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 11:33 PM

My advice, take it for what it is worth: If you’ve never dealt with rough cut lumber before, get some kiln-dried from a sawmill and learn on some decent boards. If you can get him down to $1.50 bf, that might be worth all the work you’ll have to do to get some really usable lumber out of that (you’re already losing some off the end of each board).

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 11:49 PM



12 boards, Average 13 long, Average 12” wide, he says 1” thick with a single 2”.
Just got his reply and his asking price was 80 per board.

- JAG07

Too expensive. I would pay about that price in a lumber yard. I would expect no more than 2/3rds that from craigslist.

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 12:37 AM

That is waaaay overpriced in my opinion. Rough sawn walnut in my area runs $2-$4 a board foot depending on width and figure.

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 04:42 AM

I’ll offer a different opinion: I have bought about 100 bd ft of Walnut the past 2 weeks from 2 different sawmills in KS. One guy was a one-man operation and he had rough cut Walnut for $2.25 per bd ft but it was very rough and some was not and it was all air dried. The next batch was a hardwood mill with kiln-dried lumber that you can buy planed and one edge ripped for an additional .40 per bd ft. Rough cut was $3.00 per bd ft. I would say the quality was better at the yard but the color and options (crotch, interesting figure, etc.) was better with the individual sawyer. I guess what I’m saying is that check out what he has and offer him what you think is fair but i’d say $2.25-$3 is fair even with checking/splits, etc. That’s just the local business (at least here in KS). If you want near perfect you can buy it online for $5-10 per bd. ft.

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