I'm in San Diego and the cost of cherry seems to range from $8.90 bf to
$9.20. A sheet of 3/4" cherry ply is $135.00. I just bought a 1/4
sheet of 1/4" cherry for $27.
I also noticed that African Mahogany from the same supplier looks to be
$7.50 or there about per bf.
Why would domestic cherry be that much more expensive than imported
Do these prices seem high?
I'm redoing a couple bathrooms (in cherry) and am building new
doors/drawers. It would be cheaper (but not as much fun) to buy
pre-built, unfinished cherry doors and drawer fronts from commercial
suppliers than to build?
Quite, at least to me...
Cherry seems to be in vogue these days and SD is a "high rent" district
If it's surfaced FAS stock in relatively small quantities that's
probably not to bad from a retailer.
I normally buy only 1C or 2C and will go ahead and buy at least 2-300
bdft at a time from my distributor in order to get reasonable (not the
cheapest) pricing. Last I checked 1C 4/4 cherry was roughly in the $4
range. FAS would have been probably closer to $6 than $9, though I
didn't price it.
check out mail order sources, one good one is
no affiliation, just a satisfied customer. Cherry for $5 a bd ft., 3/4
cherry ply for $80. If you add in the shipping you're still better
Probably labor costs, the availability of large trees that are the most
cost-effective for conversion to timber or ply, and transportation
It probably costs more to truck Cherry overland from the Eastern
US to California than it does to send Mahogany by boat from Central
Oh, you said African Mahogany. Hmm, may still be cheaper to ship.
Isn't real Mahogany about half that?
Prices really vary depending on location with shipping being such a
huge component of the cost of wood. However, $9+ seems a bit steep.
Here in No. CA it was up tp $7+ last year but has com back down into
the high $5-low $6.
The $9 doesn't sound quite like retail but getting close. Where are you
I was able to buy about 40 bft. rough sawn for $2 a bf. last week from
a local old-timer who definitely gave me a deal. Needless to say, I
was pretty happy about it, and I plan to go back and get some more very
The African Mahogany price is about what I'd pay here in Phoenix, but
the Cherry price is about $1-$1.50 higher.
I suspect the difference is that shipping is essentially the same to San
Diego and Phoenix on the African Mahogany and the shipping cost is
higher for the cherry. But that's a guess.
It's all about supply and demand. Kiln-dried cherry around here is
about $3-6 per board foot. I got a lot of free cherry from fallen
trees, but it takes a year or two to air-dry it. I suggest selecting
a wood with less demand. What about oak or maple? In S.California,
hardwoods must be shipped there.
Oak does not give the look I need and maple would require a tinted
lacquer spray finish that I cannot do. I could have picked mahogany
and gotten a look like I wanted at a lower cost.
Wed, Feb 16, 2005, 2:07pm (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerry) asks:
<snip> Do these prices seem high? <snip>
To me, yes. But, I thought everything in Califphoney costs more
than in the real world.
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.
- David Fasold
WOW!! Where in SandyEggo are you shopping for wood??? Last time I bought
cherry was about a year ago and I paid $4.20/bf. Try Hardwood & Hardware in
the Miramar area or Lane Stanton Vance in San Marcos.
The other Jerry from San Diego.
I hate to give something of a "nothing reply" but there is an
exotic lumber place in Carlsbad (or near there) that does
not* (ding!) list cherry wood on the site. You could call and
ask, and it is a resource of most other lumbers.
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