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I figure this might be a shot in the dark but I am looking to purchase boards in the New Orleans metro area. Does any know where I could get the best price on them? I am specifically looking for maple, cherry and walnut.

I have previously bought some from a local lumber yard, but after looking at some the prices you guys get boards, they seem to be a bit high. I paid $4.90 bf for hard maple, $5.80 bf for cherry and $9.80 bf for walnut. How do these prices compare to what you would pay for them?
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That's pretty high here in TN i buy #1 hard maple for 2.19 bf, and fas walnut and cherry for 3.50 bf. #1 walnut and cherry for 2.50 bf.
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I just paid about 3.50 for cherry, and 3.25 for Maple and 3.25 or so for Birch (bet or Sel)
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Be aware, very aware, that the price of hardwood lumber varies greatly throughout the country. The price variance is primarily due to the availability or lack of availability of those woods in the local area.

What someone in Pennsylvania tells you they pay for lumber has absolutely no bearing on what you will pay in New O.

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Talking lumber prices here always makes me jealous. Here in the PNW I see $6 for maple, $7 for cherry, and $11+ A bf for walnut.
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Wow I about had a heart attack when the saw mill told me $8 bf for mahogany.

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Be aware, very aware, that the price of hardwood lumber varies greatly throughout the country. The price variance is primarily due to the availability or lack of availability of those woods in the local area.

What someone in Pennsylvania tells you they pay for lumber has absolutely no bearing on what you will pay in New O.

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Your exactly right. And the OP is in an area where the wood he's looking for doesn't grow. It's probably not used much and the demand isn't there to get a good bf price.

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That's pretty high here in TN i buy #1 hard maple for 2.19 bf, and fas walnut and cherry for 3.50 bf. #1 walnut and cherry for 2.50 bf.
Where at in tn? That's great pricing!
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NOLAwoodwork, I live north of Baton Rouge and I really have not shopped for boards because I use a lot of fire wood for turning bowls. What I wanted to tell you is that there is a web site called woodbarter.com. There are wood workers on that site that have an abundance of wood that they are willing to sell or trade. I would think that in your area you could get your hands on some Cypress or Pecan or something like that that is not so common in other parts of the country and you can trade with them. The only problem with this method is that shipping costs can get expensive depending on the quantity of boards you want to get
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Where at in tn? That's great pricing!
Baxter TN.
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Awesome! I live on dale hollow on ky side. That's close to me. What's the name of the place?! Kiln dry?
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It's the windle lee lumber sawmill kiln dried skip planed. 100 bf min.
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Ok. Thanks!
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I have to order hard maple from a lumber yard in Montgomery, Al. 14 miles from my city. I get charged $4.75 bf, s2s, not cheap, so I use it sparingly. My cherry and walnut are purchased from my sawyer, walnut is $3.25bf and cherry is $2.50bf, and both of those are rough cut and air dried. Have you a planer, have you check for a sawyer in your area?
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