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Posted on why is 8/4 lumber more expensive that 4/4

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 02:37 PM

It’s yield from a log. Harder to get 2” thick boards in a given grade than 1”. There are also volume effects; most sales are 4/4.

mpounders: he is quoting board feet, which takes into account thickness. A 12×12 x 1 board is one board foot. A 12×12 x 2 board is 2 board feet. If the price per board foot was constant, the 12×12 x 2 would cost twice as much as the 12×12 x 1, but as the OP says, he is being charged 6.89 per BF for 8/4 and 5.50 for 4/4. So his cost of a 12×12 x 1 is $5.50, but a 12×12 x 2 board would cost him $13.78 and not $11

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