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12-11-2020 02:19 PM

I found a small shed full of nicely stacked and stickered lumber on my farm. There were two very large stacks of lumber, and within those stacks I have some 3/4 inch thick boards ranging from 10-14 feet long and 8-14 inches wide. Also, there are some thicker boards that are over 1 inch thick and mostly 10-14 feet long and 6-10 inches wide.

The wood is rough sawn, has been apparently drying in this barn for over 40 years, was covered in dust and coon poop but isn’t rotted. When I had a buddy of mine plane it down, it turns out that it is walnut.

My question for this group is, what is the best way to figure out how much it is worth and how much I could sell it for as is? should I try to clean it up for plane it, or just sell it as is?

Here are some pictures.


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#1 posted 12-11-2020 05:27 PM

Great “find”! I wish I could stumble across something like that 8^)

Some great looking figure! Personally I prefer buying wood in the rough so I can mill it as I see fit. It all really depends on your local market WRT milling and pricing. It certainly would be good to have several examples clean up to show potential buyers, perhaps mill up a percentage so you can market it to people looking for rough sawn and those looking for a more project ready stock.

I’d check with local sawyers to see what they charge for a similar product and price accordingly. You have the advantage of your wood being apparently air dried which certainly adds some value.

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#2 posted 12-11-2020 08:55 PM



Great “find”! I wish I could stumble across something like that 8^)

Some great looking figure! Personally I prefer buying wood in the rough so I can mill it as I see fit. It all really depends on your local market WRT milling and pricing. It certainly would be good to have several examples clean up to show potential buyers, perhaps mill up a percentage so you can market it to people looking for rough sawn and those looking for a more project ready stock.

I d check with local sawyers to see what they charge for a similar product and price accordingly. You have the advantage of your wood being apparently air dried which certainly adds some value.

- splintergroup


+1 i agree totally do some both ways,and price will depend on your areas market.

this gets a big lumber jocks , ”YOU SUCK” award

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#3 posted 12-11-2020 09:02 PM

This is a very region-dependent question. If your in the Southwest, you can probably charge $6-7/bf for rough-sawn air-dried Walnut. Here in Virginia, $4/bf is roughly the going rate. Probably a little less than that in the midwest and NE states and a bit more south of here.

If you post your location, you will probably get a better idea of what the going rate in your area is. You just might find a buyer too :-)

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#4 posted 12-11-2020 09:28 PM

Where do you live?? Anywhere near Seattle? I’d buy some. S4S walnut here is $10 and rough sawn is about $7.75/bf

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-11-2020 10:17 PM

I would clean up a few. Look for nice grain patters. Price depends on where you are.

The “YOU SUCK” award cracked me up Potz! Nice find.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 12-11-2020 10:44 PM

Around me, a good price for FAS walnut is $4-5/BF.

I think retail is $7-8.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 12-11-2020 10:55 PM

I don’t want to be a buzz kill but I don’t think it’s been drying long enough. The good news is you can store all in my empty lumber racks. :)

-- Aj

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#8 posted 12-11-2020 11:00 PM

The very first thing I would suggest is make the scene in this picture GO AWAY. Inches of animal waste laying on lumber isn’t a good thing to see when pulling up to buy wood. I have experience in this, and it’s not good for the seller.

Post a location, it’s already been said but someone in California won’t be able to give raw prices for Walnut in Ohio, or Georgia, or elsewhere. Like most things prices vary by location, unless you want to advertise it, and ship it to all parts, then EBay is the pulse of what somethings worth. Otherwise locals won’t buy some other states pricing.

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#9 posted 12-12-2020 12:01 AM

$3 to $4 bdft around the northeast. Sometimes the listings stay up for a long time. Congrats on the haul.

How did that lumber smell during the planning? Not sure how I would feel about using lumber soaked in animal urine/feces for 40years.

Any experts around here know if there would be health effects of working with the sawdust from “contaminated” lumber? What if someone made a cutting board, platters, spoons, etc? Any potential issues?

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#10 posted 12-12-2020 12:17 AM

Makes me wonder about those granite counter tops. Who knows how many dinosaurs pooped on that for millions of years… ;^)

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#11 posted 12-12-2020 12:20 AM



I would clean up a few. Look for nice grain patters. Price depends on where you are.

The “YOU SUCK” award cracked me up Potz! Nice find.

- Peteybadboy


hey the you suck is a badge of honor here,be proud when you can claim that.i get told that a lot though so it might have more than one meaning?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 12-12-2020 01:20 AM



$3 to $4 bdft around the northeast. Sometimes the listings stay up for a long time. Congrats on the haul.

How did that lumber smell during the planning? Not sure how I would feel about using lumber soaked in animal urine/feces for 40years.

- RobS76

Wait. FAS walnut is $3-$4 / bdft??

If you saw the way it was stacked I doubt that any racoons could fit between the stickers so I’d only be concerned with the top layer of boards.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 12-12-2020 03:34 PM

Appreciate the feedback so far. I will try to clean some up to show, and keep some in the raw form. I’m in central Illinois

It was a dusty, coon poop mess on top but after that it wasn’t as bad. There really wasn’t much of a smell. Good thing I now have a great supply of masks.

I am trying to sell the trailer load pictured above for $3-$5 per board foot right now. tons of interest, very few lookers or buyers so far.

I have two more trailer loads that I need to figure out how to store and sell.

probably going to build a kitchen table or something, otherwise gonna try to sell it all.

any suggestions on how to find a place that might plane it down or mill it in bulk. I can’t seem to find a place local to me, but again, I am so new to this.

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 12-12-2020 04:18 PM

Lumber yard out in the country. A guy sawing, and selling from home is likely to have available a big planer, jointer, and saw to get it S4S for those who want it that way, and versus a big $$$$$ store in town, I’ve always gotten a friendlier rate when I wanted a bulk load done, and didn’t have time to do it myself.

Those guys are working pretty much all day to get their nut, so if you bring them 10 boards they have to stop what they are doing, set up for your job, and that sux for them. You will see a good rate if it’s a real job, so talk to them about how many boards you are bringing, and do it all at once. That way he can look at it as a day, half a day, 2 days, like that. Better rate to be sure, even if he is using by the lineal foot as a gauge.

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#15 posted 12-12-2020 04:36 PM



Wait. FAS walnut is $3-$4 / bdft??

If you saw the way it was stacked I doubt that any racoons could fit between the stickers so I d only be concerned with the top layer of boards.

- Andybb

Straight up FAS is harder to find. Only lumber dealers would have all FAS in any quantity. Then you’re paying retail closer to $7-$8. Most non-pro people selling lumber have mill run 3c and better. I was referring to the ads you find on craigslist or marketplace or local pennysaver papers. People who had smaller lots of lumber for sale. Air dried, garage stored.

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