I called my lumber yard today and talked to them about board foot
pricing compared to linear foot pricing.
I paid $3/board foot for random width cherry. The person I spoke to
today said that a 1x8x8 board of cherry is 2.20/linear foot.
If I understand the pricing correctly, the cost in board feet of that
board is $16, but the linear foot price is only $17.60.
If I'm doing that right, it seems to me that it would take a long time
to pay for that planer if the difference between random width boards
and finished boards is only about $1.60 on an 8 foot board.
Now, I understand that over the course of 1000 bdft of lumber, that
makes a difference. But this is just a hobby for me, so it will take a
long time for me to go through a bunch of lumber like that.
Am I missing something? Or are the savings from finishing your lumber
yourself only apparent using economies of scale?