I'm kind of price-shocked this morning. I requested pricing yesterday
for some finished (thickness planed) and for 70.3 bd. feet of white
oak was quoted CA$825 approx US$750. Are these prices outrageous or
is it just me? I'm located in Toronto, Canada.
I can get even quarter sawn S2S for under $5/bf . The last stuff that
I bought was FAS, S2S and ripped 1 side for $2.24/bf. Of course I'm in
the southern US with lots of saw mills close, but that price was from
a cabinet supply shop in a major city soooo... I'd do some more
checking if I was the OP. bc
It is possible that I used the wrong terminology when I requested the
quote, or even left out important details - but I did admit my
inexperience in my original request . I gave them the dimensions of
the finished pieces I need so I'm guessing they quoted S4S. I did not
specify quarter sawn so expect plain sawn but again the quote did not
specify. BTW, I did get back to them - politely - expressing my
surprise and looking for some clarification.
Also, I read this article which helped educate me:
Finished sizes will cost a premium and normally stocked S4S lumber only
comes in certain sizes usually in even 2" increments in width. If they mill
a bunch of s4s at one time for inventory stock the price will be higher than
rough cut. If they have to do a special small run for a specific size that
is not in inventory the price goes up even more.
You probably aren't even getting what's referred to as s4s, but
specifically dimensioned boards. You are paying for shop labor and
Normally, s4s is when they take a rough board and make straight edges
and planed faces, leaving as much of the random sized board as possible.
If you order "1x6" or "1x4" white oak boards, they will rip a wider
board down, you will pay for the entire original board + labor for
In Pennsylvania, I'd expect to pay 3.25 per board ft for 5/4 white oak
FAS. I could buy it for you, mark it up and ship it for less than US
$750.00. I'll bet if you shop around, you'll find a better price. On a
whole, Canada has affordable lumber.
Whoa Nellie! Outrageous is the right word there.
A & M in Cambridge quotes between 5 and 7.50 Can$ bd-ft for WO.
Their 'regular' at just over 5 bucks is better than other people's
With a drive to Cambridge, time, and taxes, you'd still be hard
pushing to get to $ 500.00...sooo that saves you $ 325.00 from that
other quote, and I take half of the savings as commission..<G>
Give these guys a call, they're a great bunch there. You mave heard of
Andy Poynter.. he's a furnituristic Krenovmaloofcastlefridkinda guy.
Check out some of these happy customers:
S4S 4/4 flat sawn is 3.75 bd/ft on my latest price sheet from the
Charlotte Hardwood Center in Charlotte, NC. They must be adding labor
charges to size your lumber order to the sizes that you gave them plus any
waste resulting from the added cutting. Learn a bit more about how to
specify what you want and then try a few other sources before paying that
much for it. That's well over twice what I would consider to be acceptable.
Being in Canada you should be closer to the source of native hardwoods than
I am so transportation costs should be lower too.
"Jimbo" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Try Century Lumber outside Stoufville. Amazing selection and
reasonable prices $4.75 cdn for 4/4/ red oak - rough.
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