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Forum topic by bmwrider1 posted 02-16-2012 04:17 AM 1689 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2012 04:17 AM

I am just wondering what a good price is for cherry. This is rough wood in different lengths in 4/4 and 8/8. His price will be between $.90 and $1 per bf. Walnut is $.15 per bf.

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 04:27 AM

Where I am in upstate ny cherry, rough cut, air dried a year or more sells for 3-4 a bf getting as low as 2.00bf for a couple hundred bf at a time. Walnut varies greatly from 4-7bf and as low as 3.00bf for bulk. If the seller is anywhere near upstate ny and has more to sell let me know. I need cheap cherry.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 04:32 AM

I am in SW Arkansas so that would be a long trip for you.

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 05:23 AM

It depends on the grade. The seems like a decent price, but if it is narrow, short, knotty or sappy then it is not necessarily a good deal. I have paid $1 per bf and regretted it.

in the Minneapolis area I normally pay $2/bf for Select or FAS green cherry, or $3 for air dried, for $4 for kiln dried. Occasionally I will go look at cheaper stuff but normally it is either full of the problems described above, or it was dried improperly and is badly distorted, checked, etc.

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 05:38 AM

Rockler is offering 4/4 cherry for $3.49 bd. ft. Might be worth a trip to DFW.

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 05:07 PM

Around here Rockler normally has a sale once or twice per year where they bring in a huge amount of 4/4 cherry and sell for $3/bf. It is planed, kiln dried, straight, and knot free, but the boards are narrow, and it is the lightest colored cherry I have ever seen. And strangely it does not seem to darken at all over time like cherry normally does.

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 05:48 PM

I’m in NE Ark(actually 2 miles into MO) The cheapest I’ve found on craigslist is 2.50 S4S for cherry and about $3bf for walnut. For the price I might be interested in a drive if he has a decent amount after you get what you need.

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 06:01 PM

Depends on the grade and figure also. I’ve gotten good #1 Common for 2.50 – 3.00 bft…..#2 for 1.79 – 2.50 bft or so. Figured is much more (Curly, Gummy, Curly Gummy….). I mostly buy the figured – (for boxes and small cabinets). Non figured is best for furniture and larger cabinets/bookshelves.

The real price killer is the shipping. Cherry is not a common wood on the west coast where I am and, usually, you pay more for shipping here then you do for the wood itself.

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