Hardwood Lumber for Sale

We sell small quantities of kiln and air-dried lumber at prices close to wholesale semi-load quantities and far below concentration yard or retail values. We have in stock most of the Indiana hardwoods and average material is priced at about $1.50 - $2.50 per board foot. Clear or nearly clear material 10 inches and wider is priced in the $2 to $4 per board foot range dependng on species. Walnut and Cherry will be somewhat higher.

 

Species

Dried

Thickness

Description

Price per bdf

Ash

KD

4/4

Top Grade

2.00

Ash

KD

8/4

Top Grade

2.25

Ash

AD

4/4

Top Grade

1.50

Ash

AD

8/4

Top Grade

2.00

Calico Ash

KD

4/4


2.00 to 2.50

Calico Ash

AD

8/4

Wide, long

2.50

Cherry

KD

4/4


2.50 to 5.00

Cherry

KD

6/4 and 8/4

Top Grade

3.00 to 6.00

Hard Maple

KD

4/4

Rustic

1.25

Hard Maple

KD

4/4

White

2.00 to 3.00

Hard Maple

KD

4/4

White and wide, good

3.50

Hard Maple

KD

8/4

White

2.00 to 4.00

Red Oak

KD

4/4

Top Grade

9" and wider

2.50

Red Oak

KD

4/4

Top Grade

6" to 8" wide

2.00

Red Oak

KD

4/4

Average Quality

1.50

Red Oak

KD

6/4

Top Grade, wide

3.00

Red Oak

KD

4/4

Rustic

1.25

Walnut

KD

4/4


3.50 to 6.00

Walnut

KD

6/4 and 8/4

Good Stock

5.00 to 7.00

Walnut

KD

8/4

Slabs

4.00 to 7.00

White Oak

KD

4/4


2.00 to 3.50

White Oak

KD

4/4

Quartered and Rifted - 9 to 12 foot - Good Widths

- Excellent Quality - by

the Log or by the Piece

3.50 to 4.50

White Oak

KD

8/4

Top Grade

4.50

Yellow Poplar

KD

4/4 and 8/4


1.50 to 2.00


Panel and Molding


Species

Description

Price per bdf

Walnut

Well machined, tongue-and-grove, bead-one- edge solid walnut paneling 8' to 12' long - 6"

thru 7" widths

2.75

Cherry

Well machined, tongue-and-grove, bead-one- edge solid cherry paneling 8' to 12' long - 6"

thru 7" widths

2.75

Ash

Well machined, tongue-and-grove, bead-one- edge solid ash paneling 8' to 12' long - 5" thru

10" widths

2.25


Miscellaneous

Species

Description

Price

Basswood

Carving Stock, mostly clear

2.00 bdf

Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Ash, and

Hickory

Other sound walnut and cherry crotches and live-edged slabs available

Priced by Selection

Various

A collection of interesting and oddities from

various species and thickness and figure

Priced by

Selection

KD - Kiln Dried 6-9% Moisture Content AD - Air Dried 12-15% Moisture Content

BDF - Board Feet - a piece of lumber 1" thick by 12" wide by 1 foot long or the equivalent


4/4 - 1 1/16" to 1 1/8" thickness (not surfaced) 8/4 - 2 1/8" thickness (not surfaced)

Manufacturing and Drying Hardwood Lumber

Tree Felling

Good lumber begins with good trees. We selectively harvest only those trees which need to be removed (such as this large White Ash dying from the emerald ash borer) from our 200 acres of local Indiana woodlands. We also utilize urban trees when available.

Sawing Process

For standard lumber, logs are sawed to maximize the largest and clearest boards possible. This may require that the log be turned several times in the sawing process. For slab cuts, the log is usually sawed straight through from one side to the other. This results in the widest pieces possible.

Sawing Equipment

We have three LT40 hydraulic Wood-Mizer portable bandmills capable of cutting lumber or slabs up to about 30 inches wide and 20 feet long. The most economical logs to cut are about 12 to 20 inches in diameter. These high-quality Walnut boards were produced from an urban log.

Air Drying

We do not hurry our drying process. The lumber is first air dried by placing it on air drying sticks to allow air movement over the surface. The piles each have a roof to prevent weather from entering the pile and weights are put on the top to help keep the lumber flat. Air-dried lumber is suitable for use in exterior projects or where some small movement of the piece is not critical.

Kiln Drying

After air drying the lumber for approximately six weeks to three months, depending on the lumber thickness, it is then placed in a dry kiln which provides an environment of somewhat elevated temperatures and lowered humidity. Once the lumber reaches about 7% moisture content, it is ready for use to construct projects for interior use.

Lumber Storage

Kiln-dried lumber is next placed in temperature and humidity conditioned storage so it stays at the 7% moisture content achieved with kiln drying. If kiln-dried lumber is not properly stored it will eventually regain moisture and be subject to the same shrinkage issues as air-dried stock. Be sure to ask your supplier if he properly dries and stores his lumber.

Lumber CD

Visit the Purdue FNR Education Store to purchase the CD Lumber from Hardwood Trees.

This CD covers all the "hard to find" facts about hardwood lumber and the unique characteristics of our nation's 35 most attractive hardwoods.

Featured Sections Include: Understanding Lumber; Decay Resistance; Mechanical Properties; The Production Process; Purchasing and Selling; Shrinkage/Expansion; Steam Bending; Wood Machining; and Extensive references about hardwood lumber.

The cost is $20, plus shipping and taxes.