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post #1 of 26 Old 01-16-2013, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Wood prices around the country

So if there's one thing I know about woodworkers it's we can't stand to throw away scrap wood. I almost can't bring myself to say the word scrap. I've kept pieces of wood that a minature dollhouse maker wouldn't use, but I keep telling myself I paid for it, I'm gonna use it dammit!
I see there are folks from all over our great country and a few outside our borders, and it got me to wondering what we pay for wood. So I'll throw a few prices of different ply's and woods out there to get started, varieties I use mostly.

4/4 QSWO= $9.00 to $12.50 BF
8/4 QSWO= $13.50 BF
4/4 Eastern Maple= $6.85BF
8/4 Eastern Maple= $9.50 BF
4/4 Walnut= $11.75BF
5/4 Cherry= $ 8.95 BF

Birch ply 3/4=$52
Oak 3/4=$ 63
Maple 3/4=$57
Apple 1/4= $94
Cherry A1, 3/4=$92

Just a side note, the ply is cabinetmakers grade, usually 9 or 11 ply,
unlike what is sold in the box stores. This should be interesting to see what folks pay around the country.
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We'll I don't buy much wood but I just bought a 5/4 1x10x5' piece of walnut and a 5/4 1x8x5' piece of maple together for $60. So it's cheaper here in buffalo NY than where you are. Or I just got a deal. With your prices listed. It would be about $70 for 4/4.
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the problem i have is that i have so much scrap wood now that it is getting out of hand.
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Home Depot ply prices in MD:

3/4 Maple: $40
3/4 Birch: $46
3/4 Red oak: $46
3/4 "Sandeply": $45
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I can find white oak a bit more than $2.50 FAS, S2S, SLR all the way up to $7. The difference? None that my one good eye can see.

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In PA, I get 4/4 walnut at 5.50 pbf, 4/4 cherry at about 5 pbf and hard maple for 4.50 to 5 pbf.
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Crusader - Wood seems expensive in WA. I live in one of the more expensive areas of the country (Northern VA suburbs of DC) but the closest hardwood store to me (Vienna, VA) is considerably cheaper, although the shop is just a mess of lumber piled everywhere. There is a store in Frederick, MD that I like, has more lumber and variety and is a lot more organized, but is also more expensive.

These prices are for the shop in Vienna, VA (Board foot prices) http://www.viennahardwood.com/products.html

4/4 QSWO= $4.95
8/4 QSWO= $6.70
4/4 Eastern Maple= $3.04
8/4 Eastern Maple= $3.75
4/4 Walnut= $4.90
5/4 Cherry= $5.90

That store doesn't sell plywood, but here are prices for plywood at the store in Frederick, MD http://hardwoodsincorporated.com/plywood.aspx and it's really expensive. Their rough sawn lumber is more expensive than the other store, but still a good bit cheaper than you posted

Birch ply 3/4=$83.75 (5'x5' baltic birch. They also have red birch for $143 4x8)
Oak 3/4=$ 147
Maple 3/4=$118
Apple 1/4= N/A
Cherry A1, 3/4=$140
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Here are some of this months specials at one of my suppliers. Seems that your solid wood prices are high if it's rough. Prices can fluctuate as can availability. These prices are only specials, they have a much more extensive choice in both lumber and sheetgoods. I did work on a yacht this past summer in teak, $30/bf rough, ouch! Dulled all my tools, too.
http://www.mainecoastlumber.com/
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I live in the middle of the source.
3" x 12" x 12' western red cedar = $15.00 delivered.
1.25" & 1.5" birch, 5 - 7" wide, 4' - 8' lengths. Every stick is $3.00
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I'm guessing by the dimensions you gave that this is rough sawn, not s2s or s3s. Those prices are insane! I can get most of what you posted for less than half of what you pay, although the sawmill I buy from has a 100 BF. min. order. When I bought the last order of red oak, it was $1.75/BF for 4/4 kiln dried, 8' lengths.
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Not sure where you're going, but just a quick search yields Walnut 4/4 surfaced 2 sides and 1 edge at $8.74, and Surfaced 1 side 50%+ back 5/4 Cherry at $6.55 here in Seattle. I've been told, but haven't confirmed that rough Walnut from the supplier to the woodworking shop down the street sells it at $7.75 rough.

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I bought 8/4 cherry in Jacksonville, Fl for $3.45 B/F.
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I just bought 4/4 Cherry for $1.89 pbf on sale at my local lumber yard in metro Atlanta. Prob should have got more at that price but only needed 20 BF for the job. Also, red oak FAS4/4 10"< is 1.74 pbf and 10"> width is 1.94. Pine 4/4 is .74.

Oak ply made in america is 65, imported is 45.
Cab grade pine 3/4 is 29.
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I'm thinking some of you guys should start exploring CL. There are lots of guys with hobby mills around and post lumber for sale on CL everyday in my area. Many of them have minimums of 100 BF or so though. I havnt bought flat stock in awhile since I prefer to make wood round but when I did I was buying local domestics such as walnut, cherry, red and white oak, ash, poplar, maple and others, rough cut and air dried for about a buck per BF, My last craigslist score was a load of 4/4 curly maple, S2S for less than .50 per BF.

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Not sure where you're going, but just a quick search yields Walnut 4/4 surfaced 2 sides and 1 edge at $8.74, and Surfaced 1 side 50%+ back 5/4 Cherry at $6.55 here in Seattle. I've been told, but haven't confirmed that rough Walnut from the supplier to the woodworking shop down the street sells it at $7.75 rough.

Well I live in Everett, and basically I use to suppliers, either martin Lumber or Rocklers on Stone Way. Rocklers is expensive I know, but they do carry a nice selection of woods. Especially the QSWO, they can get wide boards and the wood usually has really nice rays in it.
I just bought some there on sale 4/4 for $6.99 a BF
I used to go to Comptons down on 1st Ave, but they don't carry that QSWO. I would love to find a quality supplier, if you have someone better, by all means! please let me know.


JohnnyTooBad, where are you in Va? I grew up in Fairfax! Home of the Rebels. My folks still live there. I sure miss my old Virginia sometimes.
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Well I just moved here and don't have a shop right now, so I don't have any first hand experience. I plan on signing up for monthly access to a woodworking studio 4 blocks from my apartment in the near future, but for now I've stopped and my tools are in storage. One bad thing about the area is rent is more expensive than CT was. No place to have a big garage anymore.
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Well I live in Everett, and basically I use to suppliers, either martin Lumber or Rocklers on Stone Way. Rocklers is expensive I know, but they do carry a nice selection of woods. Especially the QSWO, they can get wide boards and the wood usually has really nice rays in it.
I just bought some there on sale 4/4 for $6.99 a BF
I used to go to Comptons down on 1st Ave, but they don't carry that QSWO. I would love to find a quality supplier, if you have someone better, by all means! please let me know.


JohnnyTooBad, where are you in Va? I grew up in Fairfax! Home of the Rebels. My folks still live there. I sure miss my old Virginia sometimes.
I live on the other side of the mountains here in eastern Washington but prices are high here at the stores also. We do not have the hardwood forests like the east does. I avoid the stores like the plague and have a huge stash of wood. white oak to 20" wide walnut to 20 " and so on. I sell both $5-6 a bd ft. But sell very little- mostly just for my own hobby.
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JohnnyTooBad, where are you in Va? I grew up in Fairfax! Home of the Rebels. My folks still live there. I sure miss my old Virginia sometimes.
I'm just west of that, in eastern Loudoun County. But we have an office in FairLakes, as well as many other in all corners of Fairfax County.

Not much to miss here. Traffic is insane and the weather is horrible. The only advantage is that there is work in the area (hence the traffic).
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Crusader - kind of a drive but McKillans in Auburn is about half of what you're paying.

You're currently paying top retail rates. The trick is to find a distributor that allows retail sales. I work in Auburn and one day I googled all the lumber distributors around my work area (around 10). That's how I came across those guys.
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FYI, I was just in the Rockler in Fremont today, and the prices there are significantly better than what you were paying as well. 4/4 QSWO was $7, already surfaced 2 sides to 3/4"
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