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advice re. old rough cut 15"x12' black walnut planks

Hello,

Recently I cleared out a barn on my mother's property and found several planks of black walnut. Four of the planks are about 15" wide and 1 1/4" thick; two of those four are 12' long. The other two are more like 8' long.

In addition I found an amazing bookshelf: 18" deep x 49"wide x 84" tall also made out of black walnut. The shelves are made from single planks. One of the planks on the back of the unit must be close to 24" wide. The unit has significant damage. I am sure a skilled craftsman could turn it into a stunningly beautiful piece of furniture, but I do not know how much work would be involved.

Lastly, I found about 7 planks of rough cut black walnut: each is about 10" wide x 1 1/4" thick X 6' or 7' long.

Unfortunately I am not a woodworker. Can anyone offer advice regarding the value of the lumber and a strategy for getting the best price for these items.

If this forum allows it and there is an interest, I can post pictures.

Thank you in advance,

Lewis

ps. I hope this is not an inappropriate post for this forum.
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Pictures would be nice.

Some of that old school walnut can be highly valuable.

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Contact hardwood lumber dealers in your area and get a price per board foot of walnut. Calculate board feet of the lumber you have and do the math. Out here walnut goes for around $5.50/board foot.

18.75 board feet for each of the 12 footers, 12.5 board feet for each of the 8 footers. And just a little over 6 board feet for the rough planks. Already machined lumber will fetch a higher price. Exceptional grain will also fetch a higher price. Hope this helps.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Pictures would be nice.

Some of that old school walnut can be highly valuable.
Cool! Here are a few quick cell phone pics. I can take better pictures with a little time and planning if that would help. I brushed off the end of one board and cleaned it lightly. The photo links to an album.




More pictures here.

Thanks.

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Contact hardwood lumber dealers in your area and get a price per board foot of walnut. Calculate board feet of the lumber you have and do the math. Out here walnut goes for around $5.50/board foot.

18.75 board feet for each of the 12 footers, 12.5 board feet for each of the 8 footers. And just a little over 6 board feet for the rough planks. Already machined lumber will fetch a higher price. Exceptional grain will also fetch a higher price. Hope this helps.
SawdustFactory (great name),

Thank you; that is an excellent reference point. I am in Raleigh, NC. and will check for prices here.

Do you think it is realistic for me to get more than half of the retail price?

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Cool! Here are a few quick cell phone pics. I can take better pictures with a little time and planning if that would help. I brushed off the end of one board and cleaned it lightly. The photo links to an album.

Thanks.

Lewis

Hard to tell without seeing the grain.

I pay $4 bd. ft. for average grain walnut in my area.

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post it on cragslist in the materials section and it will probably be gone by the end of the day.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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mdntrdr: thanks.

sawdustfactory: it's a plan


A friend of mine took one of the smaller pieces of walnut. He's going to plane it down so that we can see the grain. That should come back this way within a week or two. I'll post a picture of the planed board at that time.

Thanks again. Your insights are very helpful.
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Hello!

My friend returned the planed Walnut a few weeks ago. I finally got around to photographing it. Are either of the attached photos detailed enough to learn anything about the grain or to help put a value on the rough cut lumber?

Your insights and opinions are appreciated.

Lewis

more photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lewisdowney/Walnut
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Hard to tell without seeing the grain.

I pay $4 bd. ft. for average grain walnut in my area.
$4 per board foot for walnut is a steal.

He should probably get at least that. I would think in Raleigh it is worth on Craigs List $5 per board foot.

Hall Lumber is not far from Raleigh. The last I checked they were around $7 per board foot.

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Pick a piece of furniture that you want made and make a deal to pay the woodworker with the balance of the wood. You both win that way.


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Thank you for your help. Trading someone for furniture is a great idea and fits nicely with my personality. On the other hand, approx. $500 for the ~100 b/f of it would go a long way.

More comments are welcomed. I listed the lumber on Craigslist at $5/bf. We'll see what happens. I could use a bunch of picture framing similar to this: http://www.westfallframing.com/pages/woods/hw12.html. That could be the way to go.
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Good luck. I see there is other walnut listed on your local c-list.
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/search...inAsk=&maxAsk=

''walnut 1.75 b/f''- in one ad and

''Approx. 300 bd. ft. of 40 yr. old air dried walnut. $275 obo'' (less than $1 bft...obo)- and

''Black walnut $1.50 per board foot and up''



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Yes. I saw those ads also; another one offered walnut at $6/bf.

Maybe I am asking an unfair price; I guess we'll find out. A local lumber company (Capital City Lumber) sells walnut for something like $12.60/bf. By that metric my price seems viable. Then again maybe they are not in step with the current prices.

At least my ad has pictures :)

I'll start looking for someone to make picture molding out of it in exchange for a portion of the wood - ala Larry Sockwell's suggestion.

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... another one offered walnut at $6/bf.

Maybe I am asking an unfair price; I guess we'll find out.
Yes and his was green (not dry)...I cannot see him selling any. I was just sayin' with the other guys selling lumber at lower prices chances are they will sell theirs before you sell yours (?)

My ''good luck'' was sincere not sarcastic. I hope you get it. Lumber prices in our areas are about the same...I get $4 bft for really nice walnut here at my sawmill...it is listed on my local c-list for $2 all the time by others.


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My ''good luck'' was sincere not sarcastic. I hope you get it. Lumber prices in our areas are about the same...I get $4 bft for really nice walnut here at my sawmill...it is listed on my local c-list for $2 all the time by others.
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Daren, No offense taken at all! Quite the opposite, I truly appreciate the feedback from you and everyone who has responded. It has been extremely helpful.
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