Looking for a good Walnut source
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I am planning on making a Black Walnut counter top.  Two sections are going to be close to 10' long by 1 1/2" thick.  Two others are going to close to 6' long by 1 1/2" thick then one short one about 2' long.  I believe in supporting local businesses and plan on talking to my local hardwood supplier today if I buy in bulk what kind of "deal" I can get. 

In the mean time.....does anyone know of a good on line source that will ship to Virginia?  5/4 or 4/4 rough sawn is my plan depending on the price per board foot.

Thanks.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
First, thats hardly enough lumber to be called a bulk buy, I would surely bet that the lumber could be sourced locally at a better price than having it shipped.
Are you planning a butcher block style, or rather edge grain? If not you would have much less work starting with 6 or 7/4 lumber.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
You might give Steve Wall Lumber a call. He's just south of Virginia in Moyadan NC. Great palce to deal with and he may have what you need.
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  Re: RE: Looking for a good Walnut source by jasfrank (First, thats hardly ...)
(03-16-2019, 07:47 AM)jasfrank Wrote: First, thats hardly enough lumber to be called a bulk buy, I would surely bet that the lumber could be sourced locally at a better price than having it shipped.
Are you planning a butcher block style, or rather edge grain? If not you would have much less work starting with 6 or 7/4 lumber.

I plan on doing the math as far as price is concerned on 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 7/4 lumber.  It's going to be an edge grain counter top 26" deep but I have to mill it up in 13" sections then glue/biscut 2-13" sections together.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
How far are you willing to drive ? I know of a good place but it's a 2 hour drive. I would suspect there should be a supplier near Richmond.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
At my local supplier Walnut is $10 per board foot.  It's estimated I need 240 board feet if I do a 1 1/2" thick counter top.  I'm probably going to do a 1" thick edge grain counter top just to save on the material.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
Tom in St. Louis, a member here, will ship.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
Seems like a lot of waste. I was thinking actual area of 144 bf calling your tops 36’ long x2’ wide and 2” thick. At 1.5” thick it’d be about 130 bf. but add back for some thickness loss and probably 150 bf. I can see a 20% waste factor, but if you use good stock and edge glue where it cant be seen, that even seems high.
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  Re: Looking for a good Walnut source by Duane N (I am planning on mak...)
One piece of advice. If you're just doing end grain, you don't need to purchase the highest quality walnut from a grain perspective. You can save a few bucks and tolerate some knots, etc. if you're willing to mill your walnut and cut out all the defects.
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