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I have aprox. 1000bdft of rough cut black walnut that I've stored for the last 20 years or so. It most boards are at least 12' long, 12" to 16" wide and 3" thick. The man i got it from was in his late 80's and he said it was in his shop for at least 50 years. I dressed one of the smaller boards today to find that its more beautiful that I could have ever guessed. I don't think I'll ever use it and its taking up a large part of my shop so I thought I might sell it. I have no Idea how to price it out. Should there be a premium for its size and age? I would appreciate any input to send me in the right direction.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-16-2010, 04:48 PM
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It appears to be absolutely worthless at that age and so you should just ship it off to me so it can be properly disposed of.

As to your question, I honestly have no idea on value. I'm still at that stage where "If you have to ask..."

Good luck with that.

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Should there be a premium for its size and age?
Size yes, age not really in my opinion. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f26/a...d-lumber-5849/

If it's all busted and bug eaten, well that effects the value obviously. Some guys don't like sapwood on their walnut either, they just want the dark heart.

I know you are asking "price", we can't do that sight unseen. It would have to be graded and priced from there. It could be anywhere from $3-$5 bft for average stock to $10 for really good stuff (no knots/no sap/no checks/NO BUGS...)




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Where are you?
Price would likely depend on where you are located.
JMO, but I wouldn't think 12/4 rough would bring a premium.
And, the widths, while nice to have, are not really exceptional.
Still, you probably have around 3-5 grand worth of wood.
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Price would likely depend on where you are located.
We have talked about this before Gene, you would have to pay $9 bft locally for what I sell here for $3, same stock...location-location-location.




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I pay around $8.25bf for RS 8/4. Never priced 12/4. The age would mean little to me. As Darren mentioned the integrity of the wood is more important and although walnut sapwood marbled with the heart can be beautiful when it's use on something like a floor, I'm usually looking for boards with no sapwood. Now if any of those pieces have large burled sections, that would be different. You have a shop? And you'll never use it? Not a woodworking shop I guess. What state are you in?

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HI kstylek...Daren has pretty much hit the nail on the head. In addition to grade, and where you are geographically you would also have to consider who you're trying to sell to. If you're looking to get the highest prices you'd likely be dealing with smaller qty sales to individual woodworkers, many who will want the best quality material and leave you with the lesser grades to deal with. If you're looking to move it out in one or two larger sales then you'd likely be looking at something closer to wholesale pricing.
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I'm in upstate New York, Albany area. In the next few days I'll take some pics. As far as I can tell Its not checked and I see no bug damage at all. I'm a little confused to what you mean by sapwood. And yes I do have a shop, but I spend so much time working on other peoples houses its the last thing I want to do when I'm home. I hope to change that this winter season. First things first I need to make some room!!!!
Thank you for your advise guys
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Sapwood is the lighter wood on the edge, like you see in this picture of me and a couple little walnut boards.

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For perspective, this is showing sap when in the log form also. Nothing like the trophies Daren is holding up but some great lumber came from this nasty looking log . . . .

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And another thread with some pricing considerations is here. It's not actually a thread that started that way but the discussion did come up. And someone from Texas got really long-winded.





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