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Old 12-07-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Hey there! I'm new to this forum, but found it very interesting and informational. I live in Northern Idaho and my Grandfather was really big into woodworking He passed back in 1999, but 25 years before that he had rough cut approximately 100 planks of black walnut anywhere from 12' long to 6' and some are 4" thick and some are 2" thick I also have some posts that are 8' long and 6"x5". They have been sitting over 35 years air drying in his storage barn where he did his wood working. My Grandmother who just recently sold her home gave me all this lumber because she had no use for it and didn't want the hassle of selling it. I'm not that big into woodworking and really need to get this off my hands it's taking up a lot of space! I'm curious of the value of this type of wood and any ideas of where I could sell it at? It's all very straight only a few pieces are warped. I know it's probably not to common in the western states so not sure if it's very sought after around here. Thank you for reading and hope to hear some feedback.

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Don't know what your US prices would be like but attached is a price list for finished black walnut from a company in Ontario, Canada. Even rough you should get at least 60% of the finished price. You have a few $$$ in that load of lumber. BF = 12" x 12" x 1"

1" Thick $9.85 BF
1-1/4" " $10.95 BF
1-1/2" " $10.95 BF
2" " $12.05 BF
3" " $14.10 BF
4" " $15.00 BF
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Thank you for the info it is very helpful!!! I'm still a little confused on how to figure out the BF I understand the 12*12*1 what if my boards were only 8" to 10" wide? would it be 8"x12"x1" or 10"x12"x1" and if the boards were 2" thick instead of 1"?

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"The formula for calculating board feet is as follows:
(length x width x thickness)/144 " (all in inches)

So if you have a post that is 8' long and 6" x 5" as in your post... 8' = 96", using the formula... (96" x 6" x 5")/144 = 20 bf
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12x12x1=144

so a board 8 feet long 10 inches wide and 1 inch thick would be 10"x96"x1" =960" then divide by 144=9.666 that is the board feet in that piece of wood. Same on all boards
if it is 2" thick then multiply by 2 or what ever the thickness.
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Wow those posts really cleared my confusion up on BF! Haha I never have been the best in math. Thank you!!! Well looks like I have a HUGE project ahead of me pulling out all these boards and doing some measuring this will be a good full weekend project. I'll have to take a picture and show you guys what I'm dealing with :P
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Welcome Jessica,

Black walnut is very desirable wood for woodworking. Prices can vary quite a bit from one location to another, depending on the general availability of the species in that area, so what walnut sells for around here has little bearing on what it's value may be in Idaho. I would suggest contacting a local lumber supplier and ask what their pricing is for walnut, to at least establish a baseline.

Now that you have board feet figured out, there are a whole host of grading criteria that factors in to the price of lumber. The grade is determined by the size & quality of the boards. I don't want to burst your bubble, but I've read and heard of many stories of guys finding a barn full of lumber, thinking they struck the mother lode, only to find that the wood was infested with bugs like powderpost beetles or was contaminated with mold in the inner layers, from improper drying/storage conditions, or contained a large percentage of undesirable sapwood, knots & other defects. I have no idea what condition your lumber may be in, but most buyers won't be willing to pay anything approaching full retail prices for a barn find like this, so condition your expectations accordingly. I would put an add on Craigs List or perhaps E-Bay and see what kind of interest it generates.


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Hardwood lumber in Hayden may be ble to help.
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Jessica, you have quite a treasure in lumber. I love walnut, but, is hard to come by here in Yuma, Arizona. I usually order my pieces that I want. I know what you mean by the BF math. I'm not very good at figuring it, so I wouldn't be of much help. It sounds as though you may get some good cash value from your treasure. Good Luck & I wish I lived in Idaho, so I could take some off your hands. Take Care
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Thank you everyone! My hopes aren't to high on striking it rich off of this it would be nice to just get my money back in hauling and storing it and maybe a little cash in my pocket. From what I saw I didn't see any bug infestation or mold it all looked as if it were just cut. Thank you ubgoofy2003! That helped a lot! Merrill's Hardwood Store seems very promising! I have quite a few of Slabs as well that they may be interested in
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