Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cruso n.c. in the Blue Ridge
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.
Last edited by Da Aardvark; 12-08-2012 at 07:54 AM.