I have access to a pile of Walnut that's been sitting in a garage for some
15 years. The smallest piece is a full 4/4" thick, 11" wide, and about 6'
long. The largest piece is 16/4" thick, almost 12" wide, and 12' long. The
remaining pile, in addition to some more 16/14" stock, is made up of 12/4",
8/4", and some 6/4".
My question to the collective is, Is there a market for walnut that thick?
I don't have use for anything that thick, and I'd hate to cut it up for no
good reason. If there is a market for this stuff, how much is it worth,
and who do I need to get in touch with to arrange a sale. From the research
I've done, I should be looking at a street price of about $8-10 bd/ft for
the 12/4", and about $5 bd/ft for 4/4" stock.
I'm in the Dayton, Ohio area ...
I don't know about wood prices in your area, but, here in CT a non dealer
won't get much more than $1 to $2 per bd/ft. I just missed some dry cherry
for $0.83 per bd/ft.
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It's absolutely worthless, but I'll be glad to pay the shipping to get it
off your hands.
Walnut is pretty high around here ... $4 - 7/bf. Personally, I wouldn't
hesitate to cut/resaw and use it. Sounds like good stock for table legs.
The price depends on multiple factors such as supply and demand in your
area, marketing, quality of the wood, ease of access to it, moisture
content, method of drying... Here in Atlanta, I have been selling some Iowa
walnut for about 4 years. There is not much for nice walnut here in the
South, so I get a nice premium for wood that is not available locally (i.e.
boards 15-21" wide, or 16/4, or boards that have both of those attributes).
The prices I have gotten in the past range mostly 4 to $15/BF.
I would think being in Ohio would greatly limit the amount you will make off
of these due to supply of walnut in your area. If 4/4 is selling for $5 in
your area then you will most likely have to sell it for ~$4 to get people
interested. The size of the boards are not that unusual so you don't have
much of a premium there. If they were 20" wide and at least 95% clear it
would be a whole different story. Look around - if you go to 5 wood stores
and ask for 11" wide walnut or 16/4 walnut you will soon know how rare your
wood. I love the look on their face when I would ask for a set of 4
bookmatched walnut boards that are 20" wide and flawless.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but I know what it is like thinking you are
sitting on a gold mine of wood.
You're right in not cutting it down since larger dimensions command a
Thick timber is always in demand by turners and carvers. You might try
offering it on rec.crafts.woodturning. Remember to preface your subject
line with "FS".
I don't know how much walnut costs in the US. You might try
www.craft-supplies.co.uk. Put "walnut" into the search engine and it'll come
up with both american and african walnut blank prices. The sizes are metric
and the prices in GBP, so you'll have to do the sums to come up with
dollars/bf. Then figure that we in the UK pay for tools, hardware, consumer
durables etc about the same number of pounds as you would pay dollars. I've
a feeling though that your timber is even cheaper than that, so that rough
guesstimate would give you a highish figure.
The fact that the timber has been air-dried for that length of time would
add value. Any splits, shakes, knots or other such defect would lessen
He can save the conversion hassle, go to places like Advantage Lumber ($4.00 a
bf for 6/4, thickest the state on-line, he can then e-mail the company to get
prices on other sizes--not just advantage, but almost any lumber dealer
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If you want to do all the work of listing, packaging, etc. Ebay has a big
market selling all kinds of wood. I recently bought a bunch of reclaimed
Hickory from old barns in West Virginia, to make an antique lapdesk
You wouldn't have to cut the wood, although it would be expensive to ship
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