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

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 02:25 PM

I sell a lot of thick, live edge walnut slabs. They are kiln dried to 8%, flattened perfectly flat, and planed. I sell them for $12/bf. If you think that is a rip off, go buy some walnut logs, then buy a sawmill, a big tractor, build you some air drying sheds, build a dry kiln, add a big planer and a planer room, a climate controlled building to house the kiln dried slabs, and take a shot at it on your own.

You cannot compare a green walnut slab that is recently sawed to a slab that has been air dried for a year, then kiln dried to less than 10%, then flattened, and planed. A lot happens between green off the sawmill and perfectly dry and flat. If you have ever taken a warped walnut slab and tried to flatten it, you will know what I mean. There can be a good bit of loss and downgrade from green to dry and flat.

There is a wholesale market for hardwood lumber, and there is a pricing report, called the Hardwood Market Report that reports the average price of hardwood that sold last week in tractor trailer loads. Last week the average wholesale price for a tractor trailer load of 8/4 kiln dried walnut was $5/ bf for FAS. That is loaded on the truck at the mill, unplaned, i.e. rough sawn, and does not include transportation/freight. That is not for one board, but for 5000 BF quantity. It is up to you as a business to understand your market, and if sawyers want to undersell themselves cheap, then that is their choice. Kinda like selling a house for half its market value, most informed sellers choose not to do that.

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

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