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Forum topic by Woody66 posted 04-02-2015 02:25 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2015 02:25 PM

I have recently acquired some walnut boards out of an old barn. The barn is believed to be an 1800s and is a post frame with Mortise and tenon joints. I have a few walnut boards, the largest so far is 19.5 inches wide, one inch thick and 13 feet long. I was just curious if anyone had any idea what the lumber would be worth a board foot. The boards are splitting towards the ends and still have the old square cut nails in them. Thanks in advance for any info. Woody66

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#1 posted 04-02-2015 03:10 PM

Woody, I think it largely depends on the condition of the boards. The nail holes would be problematic for woodworkers interested in making fine, and not rustic, furniture. Wood for rustic style uses would go for much less, I would think.

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#2 posted 04-02-2015 07:07 PM

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#3 posted 04-02-2015 07:22 PM

Location also makes a huge difference in price. I have one supplier I can get rough sawn, kiln dried walnut for $3.25 bd/ft because of the amount he has access to. In other parts of the country it goes for up to three times that amount. Wide boards are generally worth a bit more, but would also depend on a lot of other factors—such as the nail holes.

Give some more info and also follow AlaskaGuy’s advice and you will get better answers.

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 01:44 AM

I suspect that they will be very valuable, especially with the provenance.

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#5 posted 04-03-2015 02:12 AM

It’s worth one million dollars.

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#6 posted 04-03-2015 05:17 PM

If you don’t have a whole lot of it maybe you could just keep it. They sure would make some nice projects.

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