Forgot to mention. When you buy wood at the low prices, you will usually be
required to buy the entire board, as is. That means you will get waste, from
5% to 25%. If you need two pieces 3" wide and the supplier only has 5" wide
stock, it had either be long enough for the two, or you buy two boards. If
it is 7 1/2" wide, you pay for it all even if you are only using 6" of it.
Of course, we often use then up on other small projects later.
You don't say where you're located. To give this some perspective in the US
take a look at
which will sell you 20 board feet of red oak, surfaced 2 sides, for
$4.50/board foot, delivered west of the Mississippi ($10 flat charge for
east). Also take a look at <http://www.cwghardwoodoutlet.com/products.htm
and <http://www.harrisent.com/PLLumber.html , both of which are local to
me, and both of which charge $3.10/board foot for red oak, in each case
surfaced two sides.
The price you were charged, unless there was something really unusual about
that board, is exceedingly high. If there's not a reasonably priced
hardwood lumberyard in your area that will sell retail then consider mail
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I'm replacing all the baseboards and window trim in my place with white oak,
I get it from my neighbour at $3 per board ft. delivered to my driveway.
The mill 40 miles away sells it for $3.50 / bd. ft. + tax and I pick it up.
The neighbours has been air dried in a shed for about 10 years since just
before he retired. I have one window left to do in the living room and ran
out of wood since I was in there anyway I decided to check the price at the
local home hardware. They only had a small amount and guess what, just
about the same a 1 x 2 x 72 piece $16 + tax. I think I will get another
couple hundred board feet from the neighbour this week and no tax.
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