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    What is a good price for lumber?

    I've found a new source of lumber and I think the prices are good. What do you think is a good price on Walnut, Cherry, WO and RO per bf?
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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by SubGuy View Post
    I've found a new source of lumber and I think the prices are good. What do you think is a good price on Walnut, Cherry, WO and RO per bf?
    That depends on a lot of factors. Grade, thickness, width, length etc. A rough 4" wide board of Cherry that's 4' long and has lots of knots and checks might be worth $1/ bf. A good price for a 10" wide board of Cherry 8' long that is perfectly clear and surfaced on two sides would be $4/bf.
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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    There's just too many variables to give you a definative answer, as Bas said.

    But here are some real good prices for FAS, kiln dried, 4/4 stock, S3S

    Cherry & Walnut - Both about $4-4.10 bd/ft
    WO & RO - Plain sawn, Ranges from $2.25 - 2.85 bd/ft

    Again, alot of this has to do with grading. For 4/4 cherry, green and rough, you may only be looking at 1-1.25 bd/ft, and oaks are in the .50 range if you're buying a green log

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    In additon to Bas and Gregory's comments, I would also add that very wide boards also bring a premium, as do highly figured boards.

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by scsmith42 View Post
    In additon to Bas and Gregory's comments, I would also add that very wide boards also bring a premium, as do highly figured boards.
    As do large dry thick slabs and especially so with figure.
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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    As another point, don't forget to factor transportation costs in as well. A great price 200+ miles away may turn out to be more expensive than a seemingly more costly board closer to home. I generally limit myself to a 2-3hr radius from my home and buy several hundred board feet at a time. If you are going to have the wood shipped to you, then don't forget to divide shipping costs by number of board feet and add that to your board foot pricing.

    And then you get into quality, width, thickness, availability (a great price on out of stock wood is useless).... and so forth.

    Buy good wood at a price that seems fair to you, be happy, then go home and build your project and focus more on your satisfaction with your creation then whether or not you got the absolute best deal on the wood. Unless you are going into business where margins reign supreme, there is little point to fretting over all the factors that go into board pricing. Just my humble opinion!

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    FAS 8/4 rough 4 sides:
    Walnut $4.10
    Cherry $4.05
    Hard Maple $3.35

    FAS 5/4 rough 4 sides:
    Walnut $3.75
    Cherry $3.35
    Hard Maple $2.95

    I'm lucky, I have three good lumber suppliers within a 7 mile drive from my home and shop so I get what I need when I need it and keep only the necessary wood in the shop for immediate use. I wouldn't know how to act if I had to drive for several hours to get lumber.

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    This is based upon an average for concentration yards instead of a local spot market price.

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    I travel between Columbia SC to north of Boone, If anyone knows of a good lumber supplier between these two points or between Boone and Fayettville phone # and address would help
    Thanks Greeker

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Other thing is that wood prices have a fairly large regional price variances. Some wood that is cheap here might be twice the cost in California, and the same in reverse. If it is cheap to you and you like the way it looks it is good wood.

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greeker View Post
    I travel between Columbia SC to north of Boone, If anyone knows of a good lumber supplier between these two points or between Boone and Fayettville phone # and address would help
    Thanks Greeker
    Not directly on the way, but BeeTree in Swannanoa has been a good resource for us. I believe their info is under the NC Wooodworking heading at the top of the page,
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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by The BoardSMITH View Post
    FAS 8/4 rough 4 sides:
    Walnut $4.10
    Cherry $4.05
    Hard Maple $3.35

    FAS 5/4 rough 4 sides:
    Walnut $3.75
    Cherry $3.35
    Hard Maple $2.95

    I'm lucky, I have three good lumber suppliers within a 7 mile drive from my home and shop so I get what I need when I need it and keep only the necessary wood in the shop for immediate use. I wouldn't know how to act if I had to drive for several hours to get lumber.
    Which ones are you talking about? Wall and The Hardwood Store are the ones I've used before but always like to have options available. Thx

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Well...

    If your selling - the most you can get for it
    If your buying - the least you can get it for

    Best comprise is somewhere in the middle. That way the sawyer makes some for his time and effort and the buyer gets a good deal. In the end both are happy and that's the way it should be...

    But most important is to develop a good relationship with your sawyer. You'll be amazed how far a good relationship goes and it's merits easily surpass the almighty dollar.


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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    bigcat4t9r,

    I use three commercial suppliers locally. Steve Wall is a personal friend and I respect him greatly. But he operates a retail lumber yard and the prices are normally much higher than I will pay. Not to mention the 45 minute drive. The Hardwood Store is operated by a former Wall employee who learned the business and left. Again a retail yard with prices higher than I will pay.

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    Re: What is a good price for lumber?

    Well right now I'm getting FAS Walnut and Cherry, rough for 2.25 a bf. Board are between 6 and 10 inches and I also got abunch of bookmatched really nice FAS at the same price. So I'm happy with my price I'm getting. He has QSRO at 2.50 as well. Nice little side business that he has.
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