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Forum topic by Hermit posted 10-29-2020 12:23 AM 299 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2020 12:23 AM

So about 6 weeks ago i sold our hot tub. Decided to build an outdoor cooking L shaped island in it’s place. Its a custom build, with overhead electrical track lighting etc. I literally have 5 doors left to build and two pieces of unistrut to wrap wiith redwood. Here in the Sacramento area we have a company that specializes in redwood. I have had to order every piece of redwood due to covid. The quality has deteriorated since covid started. Anything they have left is crap. Flatsawn, sapwood. I can’t even get enough to finish my 5 small doors.Anyone else having these kind of difficulties?

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#1 posted 10-29-2020 12:34 AM

at home projects have rocketed + i don’t think the mills are running at 100% ; supplies are low.

i’ve gone to 3 stores in the past 10 days having regular watco danish out of stock

maybe you can rip/turn the flatsawn to laminate psuedo quartersawn while discarding the sap.

-- derek / oregon

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#2 posted 10-29-2020 01:13 AM

Any chance those doors that you have left would look nice painted or in a different wood?

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#3 posted 10-29-2020 01:53 AM

Which place? Capital Lumber? I have gotten decent redwood there and another place on Howe or Franklin? But not since covid.

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#4 posted 10-29-2020 03:25 AM

Hmm, No clue, BUT?
What about forest fires in Kalifornia, Pacific NW, and Canada this year?
Mills have been forced to close, and suffered massive amounts of lost timber harvesting time.

Wholesale softwood prices are up 100% this year, due combination of; Covid remodeling craze, lower production, and increased new home sales due big city to suburbia move generated by work from home.

Overall hardwood market is having demand issues, not supply issues; thanks to the tariff war. Hardwood imports from US into China suffer a 25% tariff; in retaliation for US tariffs on China exports. There are also some tariffs on US hardwood lumber imports into Canada in retaliation too.
Good news? Have seen walnut prices lower this year than last. :-)

Best Luck finding your redwood.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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