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11-20-2010 02:10 AM

What are some reasonable prices/board foot for: Red Oak, Cherry, Hard Maple, Mahogny. Walnut and Popular?

I just paid $3.50 for maple and $5.70 for Walnut getting some wood through work.

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 02:33 AM

$5.70 for Walnut is a good deal in SC. I have paid up to $7.50 for ¾ S1S. I just bought a bunch of ¾ x 4.5” select Walnut T&G flooring, guaranteed no yellow sap wood for $6.49 a square foot. This is a deal in these parts!

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 03:46 AM

I have 300 BFT of 8/4 cherry for $4.15 a bft if anyone needs some. Just PM me.

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 04:41 AM

Pat, a great deal of the price is dependent upon the area where you are located. Here are several responses to the same question that was posted about two weeks ago.

FYI, on my last lumber buying trip I spent some time just talking wood with my supplier. He told me a story about selling several thousand bf of cherry to one of his client’s who was moving to Arizona and wanted to make all the trim/doors in the house that he was building. It seems that cherry is hard to come by there and, what is available, costs an arm and a leg. To make a long story short he paid the freight to ship the lumber to Arizona, used about half the load to make his trim with while selling the rest to local woodworkers. And ended up making a profit on the deal.

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 06:07 AM

In Denver, CO, both those prices you mentioned are better than average. It depends on what board thickness you’re talking about, as well as if it’s rough, or dimensioned lumber. I did pick up some 8/4 hard maple a couple of weeks ago and they sold me the dimensioned stuff for what the rough stuff would’ve been. The 8/4 was really like 1-3/4” milled. I think I paid about $4-something/BF. Walnut is a different story. It seems to have gone up quite a bit within the last 4-months or so.

I just picked up some S3S mahogany about 6-weeks ago for $3.15/BF for 4/4 stock. I felt that was a pretty good price. It’s a lighter-weight mahogany than, say, African Mahogany though and doesn’t really possess any of the wavy/curly grain you can find in African Mahogany.

One of our local suppliers (Paxton Lumber) puts certain wood on sale from month-to-month and I try to buy during these times. Of course, if I need something for a project, I’ll go ahead and buy a little at regular price, but I do try to stock-up for the future during the sales. This is how and why I have a lumber rack full of wood in the basement. That’s OK with me though because then I have choices.

I would completely agree with the above comment that pricing is regionally specific. We don’t have an abundance of the wood you’re asking about locally, so it’s shipped in from other regions of the country.

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 09:13 AM

Your prices seem in line for our local specialty wood store.

Depending on where you live, you might check out local sawmills and kilns. They might not sell small orders but may know who will. It’s always cheaper the further back “to the tree” you go. (That’s why I’m building my own mill.)

-- Nate,

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 03:08 PM

I agree with Nate, I buy from the specialty stores only as a last resort. I seek out local sawmills with kilns. A lot of times the sawmills are fairly small, but usually have the domestic woods I need. When I first moved to TN, I knew of no places that sold wood. But by searching Craigslist, Newspaper classifies, and word of mouth, I have several places that range in distance of 5 miles to 50 miles from my home to get wood. I takes a little time and effort, but I believe if you look around you too can find the wood you need at better a price. pkennedy

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#7 posted 11-20-2010 03:21 PM

I think the price I pay depends on what I am going to use it for and when. I buy hardwoods a at auction sales, I never pay more than 1/4 of its value at store.(Some of it generally is not usable, may have no need for it at the moment,etc)
When I am working on project and need specific piece and know how much material I need, local supplier has good stuff, I will pay their higher prices.
To me, its about convienience and opportunity costs.

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#8 posted 11-20-2010 03:53 PM

candianchips is exactly right.

i mainly get my wood from estate sales. if you have the storage space to keep a running inventory of material, this is the way to go. i don’t think i’ve ever paid over $.50/bdft at an auction. 2 days ago, i bought about 800 ft of 6/4 walnut for $200 and 1000 ft of 4/4 cherry for $55. that’s not to say you got ripped off at the price you paid, because it was right in line with market price (for my area anyway). but you can get better deals if you can handle the space/storage issue, and have the patience to wait for a deal to come along.

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#9 posted 11-21-2010 04:13 AM

I just bought 130 bd ft of cherry and it was a mixture of 4/4 – 6/4 & 8/4
The 4/4 = $6.50
6/4 = $7.50
8/4 = $9.00

This is about average for southwestern Ontario – Canada.

I must watch the papers more for auctions .. that is a great idea..

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#10 posted 11-21-2010 05:04 AM

I once saw 100-200 bdft of 8/4 walnut go at an auction for $25. I had just arrived and wasn’t able to get a bid in. Surely someone was gloating that day!

-- Nate,

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#11 posted 11-21-2010 05:33 AM

im in alabama and i pay 2.25 13/16 s3s bf for red oak and 3.00 for maple

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 01:08 AM

This was in Maryland, I only bought 8bf of maple and 4 bf of walnut at the wood hobby shop on a military base.

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#13 posted 12-17-2010 09:34 AM

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 07:32 AM

Around here that’s a bargain. Curly maple goes for about $12/bf rough. I’ve never bought online, though. I imagine part of the discount is in not getting to buy the specific sizes or pieces for particular projects.

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#15 posted 12-19-2010 07:49 PM

Thanks, that helps.

I’m just trying to get an idea of what to expect from various sources, for budget-planning purposes, etc. Tomorrow I’ll call 3 local lumberyards for their typical prices on hardwoods and sheet goods I’d expect to be using in the future.

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