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post #1 of 12 Old 12-06-2012, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Big Walnut slab???

I went Tuesday night to look at some lumber and this guy had 4 big slabs out of the same tree (walnut).This one is just over 26 inches wide on the narrow end and 36 on the wide end, and just a bit over 10 ft 6in long. It measures about 2 in thick. The other three slabs under this one are same size. They were cut years ago and have been in this building in dry all that time. I have no idea what big slabs like this are worth. My father-in-law was with me and I think he wants to get at least one to make a dining table for my mother-in-law. What is a reasonable price for such a slab? What about all four?
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a local sawmill near St. Louis has 8/4 select walnut for 4.75/board foot. This should give you some idea, but I'd recommend taking a drive to a sawmill sometime and taking a picture of their price list with your phone. That's where my response came from. Doubtful that they'd care because then they know they'll be on your mind at a later date
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That 4.75 per bs ft is for a board how wide? See that is my problem the mills and supplier I talked to don't have anything this big so that price is just for maybe an 8 inch board. My experience the wider the more$$$.
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Just what kind of a dining table would he make with just one of those slabs? It would be very small.

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I may be wrong, but I think a board foot would be the equivalent of a 12"x12"x1" piece. For your board, take an average of 30" wide, 2" thick, 10' long would work out as follows:

30"= 2.5ft * 2" thick * 10ft long = 50 board feet.

BTW, I'd snatch that up in a heartbeat! LOVE walnut. To me, it's one of the nicest looking woods out there.
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Just what kind of a dining table would he make with just one of those slabs? It would be very small.

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We are thinking of buying two and book matching them. These boards are the sequential cuts from same log. So the table could be up to 5 ft x 10 ft if we want to make it that big.
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We are thinking of buying two and book matching them. These boards are the sequential cuts from same log. So the table could be up to 5 ft x 10 ft if we want to make it that big.
If you put two of those together the maximum table width will be less than the addition of the narrowest parts of two of those planks. You are going to lose width when you cut one edge straight so that they can be glued together.

Do I assume that you will leave the outside edge natural? If so I would make sure his wife will agree to that before buying the wood. What looks good in a man's eyes frequently does not look so good in a woman's eyes.

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Just one of those boards is worth roughly $230.00. If I were you I would be trying to get all of the wood he has. Since this isn't a mill, you should be able to work with him on the price and get them for far less than the price I posted here if you buy more than one board.

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I was at the lumber yard last weekend. I saw slabs smaller than that, probably half that size, going for $100 each. Let your conscience be your guide, but he might not be in it for the money. I agree with Midwest millworks, get as much as you can. Lumber like that doesn't show up very often.
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I think I would try to get all 4. That will be some awesome tops.
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I've bought 7 slabs of walnut and made 3 tables from them. I bought them 1/2 dried and finished drying in my own makeshift kiln. I paid ~$2.50 a bd ft. I think dried it would have easily doubled in price and my widths were a max of 20". So pricing is quite good, and sizes of that width and length are hard to come by and actually raise the pricing a tad over what I ended up with.

I buy undried only so I can get first choice cuts before they are picked over by other possible customers. Yes, the cost is less, but no matter.

Bookmatched pieces make beautiful tables. I've done 2 w/ walnut and a 3rd with staggering grains.
You also got to consider the cost of the wood minimal to the project. Many don't get that, but the wood equates to ~1/10th of the finished value of the project, so who really cares what the bd ft cost is? It's more to the point of if the particular pieces fit your needs and plans.
I did one that was 2 pieces, 6ft long x 3 ft wide x 1.5" thick (after planed flat) The top cost me $100.oo ($50 each slab) and the end product without legs has a value of well over $2500, and probably closer to $3500. It is a bark on bookmatch with even bark in the center. I use epoxy and finish nails to lock on the bark, and topcoat the table with epoxy as well.

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What looks good in a man's eyes frequently does not look so good in a woman's eyes.
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Apparently stated from much experience George.
Having been married to the same great woman for over 40 years, all I can say is: "AMEN".

Do like you always do,,,, get what you always get!!
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