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12-15-2018 05:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut price question

here’s the Craigslist link to some walnut lumber: “”
The wood is 1 /8” rough. It’s been drying for 6 months so it would have to be dried some more before using.
He’s selling it for $7 a SQ. FT. about $6.22 a board foot, if I can still do arithmetic.
He says it’s “real good” (of course). It’s about 30 miles from where I live and I haven’t seen it yet. I might go up there just for a road trip.

I told him I thought $7 was on the high side since it was wet and the maybe $4-5 would be more realistic.
Walnut sells for about $8-11 high a board foot retail IIRC. South central Kansas isn’t exactly a forested area.

Any thoughts on what a fair price might be?

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 05:16 PM

7$ for rough cut and not dried is too much for me.

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#2 posted 12-15-2018 05:21 PM

Too spendy, especially rough cut. You are probably looking at 30% losses, or more depending on how “rough” it is.

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 05:46 PM

The dealer closest to me, and a guy that I use to price woods for a quoted job says. 4/4 Walnut Prime $7.50 That would be all heartwood, zero knots, and at least 8’ long, usually 12, to 16’ is the norm. This doesn’t even come close to the price differences of kiln dried. Being 6 months from wet, his prices are crazy sounding, for a what may someday be, kind of fantasy.

If I want to drive a little further I can go to a huge supplier on the Ohio, Indiana border and buy cheaper, and probably as good quality wise, but I can go to the local guy, buy, and be back home, before I get to the big place.

To be honest, on a seller where I had to do any driving, and wasn’t positive of the quality of the wood, I wouldn’t leave the driveway, unless the guy was talking about 2 to 3 bux a bd/ft. Been burned too many times.

The pics in his ad are edge to edge on a pallet. Maybe he has different sized pallets, but it looks to be square, so that would mostly mean those pics are 4’ long, even if it was perfect to look at, he can’t grade it more than No. 1 Common, simply due to shorties. So again going against “normal” grading he’s talking out a rubber wazoo for his price. Those pallets of green wood remind me of the pallet makers down in Kentucky, where you can buy a skid stacked like that for around 75 bux for green wood.

You would be better served to contact a good seller, and have the wood shipped if that is the best game you have. I had thought that Kansas was a great place for Walnut. I know in the past I’ve heard a few guys bragging that anyhow.

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 06:23 PM

$7 is too much for rough cut IMO. Rough cut means you’re gonna have to plane, joint & trim in all directions.

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#5 posted 12-15-2018 07:00 PM

Sounds way too high and definitely not a deal. Would pass and look for an actual deal, or tell him to call you when he comes to his senses and finds that no one will buy out that lumber at that price point.

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#6 posted 12-15-2018 07:18 PM

send him THIS :<))

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#7 posted 12-15-2018 08:16 PM

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#8 posted 12-15-2018 08:23 PM

That’s a great video! Haha

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#9 posted 12-16-2018 02:15 AM

thanks for the responses, y’all confirmed what I suspected. That video was a hoot. I told him I’d call him in 2 or 3 months or so to see what he’s decided. I’ll probably offer him about $4. Ohio has more wood than we do as does eastern Kansas. We’re on the prairie here for the most part. Wood tends to be a lot pricier than back east.

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