Check out Wall Lumber Co. I have gotten excellent results from them. They have
good buys on "project wood" in small amounts that I have not seen anywhere
else. I just built two chairs with ash from them, some of the best wood I have
ever worked with. I am not related to the company in any way, just a happy
Sounds like two people like this business and good for me and my ideas considering my
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Wall lumber is good. Hardwood store of Carolina is also good.
Bad experience with West Penn hardwood.
Would have suggested Hartzell Woodstock but they instituted a $15.
surcharge for orders under 50 bd. ft.
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for shipment to NJ, but couldn't really find an order page at
I have to order by email or phone?
Yup, it is I. I had the bad experience down here in Georgia of being
charged a 17% surcharge on wood for planing and shrinkage. If you take a
board that is 12" X 3/4" X 12" up to the front desk, you get charged for
1.17 board feet. If you are buying 300 bd ft, that is quite a hit. I
ordered 300 bd ft from Hartzell and ended up with a bit more than 300 bd ft.
The tractor trailer delivered it quickly.
Interesting concept. Of course there is a loss for planing and a cost for
doing it, and nothing is free. Can you pay the list price on rough cut
I have two sources that will joint and plane my wood purchases. The service
is "free", but the cost has to covered in there someplace. I guess it is a
matter of perception and actual prices. If the going price for oak is $3
and they charge $2.50 for rough cut and $2.93 for the planed after
surcharge, it is a good deal but you are unhappy with the surcharge. If
they charge $3.50 for rough and do the planing "free" you have a big happy
smile while getting porked in the rear.
If they are charging $3 and then adding 17%, it is probably fair, but the
perception is not.
Not that it really matters all that much, but the last statement I don't
agree with Ed. If they're charging $3.00 for a finished good then the price
should be $3.00. A surcharge on a finished good that adds a surcharge for
the "manufacturing process" is like buying a car and then paying a surcharge
for the robotic welders, the paint booths, etc. Or, like marrying a woman
and paying a surcharge for all of the years that went into developing her
into what she is when you marry her... oh wait, we do that, don't we. Ok,
I won't ague the point any further.
OK, a little clarification that should have been added. If the price of
rough cut is $3 and the price of S4S or S3S is $3 plus 17% that is fair. It
should be stated that way on the price bin or huge sign in the warehouse so
you know where you stand when you choose your boards. The total price is
still a fair price in the marketplace (cost of wood plus cost of labor).
My point was that how the charges are handled is really important. If you
bought top quality oak at $1 and they charged a 17% surcharge you are
probably going to be PO'd but if the lumber yard down the street that sells
it at $5 and offers free services like planing, you walk out with a smile
even though you paid a much higher price.
Buying a car, it is rare that anyone wants the parts delivered so they can
do the welding and painting at home. With wood, it is often the buyers
choice. As I stated, I can have my wood planed for "free" but sometimes I
don't accept the option and prefer to do it myself. If that is the case, the
seller make a bit more profit from me.
I'm going to the shoe store later today. Legally, the can't put a surcharge
on the price if I use my charge card. If I pay cash, they give me a
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