3" fresh cut black walnut book matched slabs

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Forum topic by JohnnyBravo635 posted 03-23-2015 12:56 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2015 12:56 AM

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I have a book matched set of black walnut, 3” thick 15”-18” wide 9’ long slabs each. I have 2 other slabs about 2.25” thick 15” wide and 9’ long. They are green, freshly cut. Anyone have an idea on their value? Do they sell by the board foot? Are they worth much not being dry yet?

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 01:01 AM

I have no clue how to answer your question, but they are beautiful !!

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 11:51 AM

On the 2.25” slabs, I would be at $8 – $9 per bf kiln dried and planed. If sold green, I would deduct $.50 per bf for sticker stacking/air drying, $.50 per bf for kiln drying, and $.50 per bf for planing. So, I would have a green price off the sawmill of $6 to $7.50 per bf with the lower price for the sappier/lower grade slabs and the higher end for the prime stuff with little to no sapwood.

Retail price for 4/4 black walnut, kiln dried, and planed to 15/16” in this area is $7.50 – $8.00 per bf if you can find some decent quality. Black walnut prices have gone up. On several recent occasions I have been contacted by Chinese buyers looking to source shipping containers. There is good demand for black walnut in China, and this is driving up the prices. You guys that buy black walnut for a couple of $ a bf are lucky.

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

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