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#1 posted 09-21-2020 03:33 AM

Location has huge impact on cost.
Have learned on trick with Teak?
I have found teak lumber surplus in coastal areas with lot of high end Boat/RV mfg for half the cost of lumber yard prices? Still not cheap. YMMV

+1 Cumaru
Brazilian Teak or Cumaru in 4/4 cost me $7-10 bdft, or about 25% the cost of Teak. 8/4 tends to be less common, as a massive amount to Cumaru is imported for flooring. Lumber Liquidators has offered unfinished 13/16×5” planks of Brazilian teak on sale cheap a couple times. Bought some for smaller projects.

A wood that is easy to find in SW areas is Goncalo Alves, or Mexican Tiger Wood.
It is not brown like teak, and can have slight orange and yellow coloration streaks when freshly sawed. The black ‘tiger’ stripes can really dazziling in some boards. It is another ‘affordable’ import hardwood in my area. Picked up some 8/4 planks 12” wide for < $7 bdft recently. 4/4 was even less. It is usually cheaper for me than walnut, and similar price to Khaya (African) Mahogany.

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