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Posted on 1000 bf of Walnut for sale. Asking for advice.

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 01:36 PM

I tend to agree with avsmusic1.
Here in SE Tennessee, I routinely buy great looking walnut for anywhere from $3 to $5.25 a board foot, but if I want to get ripped off, there are sellers around me selling it for $9-11 a board foot.

As far as the big planks, my local Woodcraft had three raw edged planks, 2” thick, up to 24” wide, about 6 ft. long, and they sold those for about $275 each. But I think they underpriced them, as they lasted about two days and gone. Most of the local millers who deal in big lumber like that want much more.

It depends on where you are. Kiln dry helps, but a lot of people, (including me), will jump on a load that has air dryed off the tree for a number of years before buying kiln dry. It takes some of the color out, and after about two weeks out of the kiln, it stabilizes with the local conditions anyway.

The latest load I bought came from a Mennonite who made railroad ties, and saved all the planks from the trees as he took ties out of the trees. He sold it to a guy who thought he would make a killing off it. Nine years off the tree, purples and browns like you never saw, lots of quilt, flame, etc. Picked up about 150 bd. ft. for $3 a bd. ft.

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