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Forum topic by kooldecker posted 04-12-2014 12:45 PM 1330 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2014 12:45 PM

Hey guys , im from southern new jersey, and the re are days I just KNOW im getting the shaft when I see what im paying for hardwoods around here. Like everything else I know that it costs mo re just to get it in jersey. But I was wondering what you pay? I guess its just morbid curiosity because im going to have a barf bucket handy when I read any replies.

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#1 posted 04-12-2014 01:04 PM

Really varies by area for sure. I just moved from minnesota to colorado. I would pay $4/bd ft for walnut in MN and it’s easily double that here. The worst is spalted maple. I was getting that for $3 bd ft from a local sawyer, I’ve only found it one place here and they’re asking $16/bd ft.

I suppose that’s the price you pay for living in an area with hardly any hardwood trees!

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#2 posted 04-12-2014 01:11 PM

I’m sure there are probably closer ones, but if you are up for a drive – this is only about 45 west of Philly…

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#3 posted 04-12-2014 01:38 PM

I’ve been paying $2.50 for walnut, cherry, and qrtr sawn red oak, $1.85 for rift sawn red oak, but I go directly to the saw mill and get it.

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 04-12-2014 01:39 PM

I’m in the same neighborhood as you (Haddonfield) and yes, the local choices seem pretty expensive. I’ve been going to Mr. Robert’s Lumber in Barrington. Decent selection. Nice people working there. They deliver to my area; free if I buy more than about $500, which is pretty easy to do. Not sure how far they deliver, or at what cost.

They have a decent hardwood sale every January, which is a good time to stock up if you know what you need, or will use. Unfortunately, they don’t carry any rough lumber, it’s all S2S. I believe they said they could special order rough red oak, and maybe poplar.

Where have you been buying?

If we could get enough local folks to go in, it might pay us to make a trip into PA to buy a large order. Unfortunately, I don’t have a truck to haul it, or a lot of space to store it.

-- John

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#5 posted 04-12-2014 01:47 PM

I buy locally sourced domestic hardwood. walnut, maple, cherry, poplar, red+white oak,and ash. I have never spent over $2 a bf. It is all rough sawn on a wood mizer and air dried.

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#6 posted 04-12-2014 01:52 PM

I’m southwest of Cleveland, OH and buy most of my wood locally sourced from a mill, rough sawn and kiln dried. Pine is $0.90/bdft, black walnut $2.25/bdft, red & white oak $1.25-$1.75/bdft, maple $2.25/bdft, hickory $2.75/bdft, ash $1.25/bdft. Most of it is in pretty good shape, sometimes not so much, but I can dig through what’s there to some extent.

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#7 posted 04-12-2014 03:51 PM

I pay dear prices living in Los Angeles. I think walnut is around $6 bf
here. Poplar, birch and alder are around $2.50. Local sawmilling
here is almost nonexistent.

It’s motivated me to greater interest in veneering… so there’s

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#8 posted 04-12-2014 04:02 PM

You all are making me feel a lot better about buying my mill! I saw a lot of spalted woods and wish I could get $16 a BF! Most of my roughsawn lumber is $2 a BF (and people still try to talk me down!)

Wish y’all lived closer as I have a LOT of dead trees to saw!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-12-2014 10:56 PM

You’d think that living in the Sierra Nevadas would give you a lot of access to local saw milling. If they’re out there, they don’t advertise anywhere that I can find. Seems everyone is in the firewood cutting business.

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#10 posted 04-12-2014 11:08 PM

Here is what I pay based on:
Orders under 100 BD/FT – get pretty good discounts on larger orders
S3S 13/16
Kiln Dried
Free Delivery on Orders Over $400

Walnut- $2.95 #1 C
Aromatic Cedar – $2.10 Select & Better
Hickory – $2.20 #1 C
Hard Maple – $2.20 Select & Better
Calico Cherry – $2.10 #1 C
Curly Hard Maple – $4.60 Select & Better
Red Oak – $1.80 #1 C

I’m in MN.

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#11 posted 04-13-2014 12:48 AM

Hey john ts so cool to finally meet another local jock! Im actually in Deptford but I lived in hadonfield until I was about twelve ! Yeah ive been going to mr Rroberts as well, and was there for the sale this january. There is another place in gloucester twp somewhere. My. Wifes grandfather is supposed to show me where it is. If I get there and it looks good ill be sure to pass it along to you. As far as hearndhardwoods…...has anybody been there? Ive drooled on their website many many times and may have to make tne trek.

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#12 posted 04-13-2014 02:57 PM

Dang some of you all have it nice when it comes to prices, it varies here, around $4 bf for walnut, $3.50 for maple and that’s from the sawmill. There is one old guy on craigslist who has 4/4 maple, walnut and buckeye, dried, edged and planed for $2.50 a bf which is nice.

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