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$3bdf for black walnut good?

Just bought about 50bdf of Black Walnut off a local guy that has been drying it in a barn for 5 years. I paid $150, and he threw in a few small boards just because. Is that a good deal? Oh its all 4/4 and pretty straight.
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Yup, that's a good price, especially for clear, straight material.
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It's almost $7/bf out here in San Diego. I'd say you got a deal.
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It's the same price here in Kentucky as BKBuild paid. I haven't bought any yet since I can process rough lumber
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Your paying too much for walnut in SF and elsewhere.
I will say $3.oo a bd ft is pretty good but what moisture content and what finish?
Perfect planks should be $5-7 a bd ft if no work needs done to them except sanding and cutting to spec.
I pay $1.5o -2.oo a bd ft for walnut 1/2 dried and rough off of the mill (I dry them myself the rest of the way).

So many prices are regional but also many variations are in what grade/size/condition you find.
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It's in the rough, but I don't know the moisture content since I don't have a reader.
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If you feel it was a good buy then you have done well. I don't think you were ripped off. It sounds like the price was fair for both parties.
Others have mentioned grade, MC, etc. those are needed to determine just how good of a deal it is. I can buy rough sawn, air dried walnut in mid Tennessee for around $3 per bf rather easily. I can pick up S4S kiln dried at my lumber supplier for 7.25 per bf. Prices will fall anywhere between those and depending on the quality of the board that determines if that price is worth it to me and how good a deal it is.
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A lot depends on the grade. I just bought some real nice clear FAS walnut for $4.35 a board foot. None of it had any sapwood.
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Just bought about 50bdf of Black Walnut off a local guy that has been drying it in a barn for 5 years. I paid $150, and he threw in a few small boards just because. Is that a good deal? Oh its all 4/4 and pretty straight.
Seems a decent price to me. Lower than my local lumber mill.

I was in Woodcraft today and noticed the "extra wide 4/4 walnut" at something like $9.5/bf. The boards were about 10in wide. Too expensive for me. These were planed top and bottom, only rough on the edges.
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I can sell you 10" or wider FAS Black Walnut KD (6 to 8%) for $7.69 + shipping.
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$7-$8 in Colorado
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Woodcrft here is 9 for 4/4 and 10.50 8/4 plain jane walnut. I could not build anything at those prices. I wonder if there is a premium on my 21" 4/4 boards..........
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Just bought about 50bdf of Black Walnut off a local guy that has been drying it in a barn for 5 years. I paid $150, and he threw in a few small boards just because. Is that a good deal? Oh its all 4/4 and pretty straight.
Wanted to do a little bragging? Huh?

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$3/bdft is what I pay, rough and air dried from my wood supplier. Moisture is around 25% and I let it dry in my shop further, and usually wind up with 10-12% when I use it.

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