Wood Prices

Also - any links to sites where you can calculate wood and material cost?
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Wood prices vary depending on demand and availability. The only accurate way I know of to check is to call a supplier and ask.
Calculate material needs (make up a bill of materials), then call or visit the supplier.
There are some sheet goods calculators, but mostly they tell you how to get the most out of a sheet of plywood (a handy feature with hardwood plywood often over $100 a sheet).
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When calculating for solid wood requirements, remember that the material is _not_ going to be as consistent in size as sheet goods. Even FAS will have some sapwood or a defect in the worst possible place for your cutting plans. Order 10-15% more wood in FAS than you think you'll need. For Selects, 20-25% is wise. And _don't_ bother with BF calcs. What you need isn't 1BF, it's a piece 6' long by 2" wide, which isn't 2" wide, of course, but closer to 2 1/4 with the jointing and ripping loss.
Substitute softwood grades for the hardwood quoted above for buying.
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Good advice. It's amazing how the defect always lands in the middle of the "perfect" part! This is why magazine board cutting diagrams are usually worthless.
The ugly stuff left over is often excellent for shop jigs, joinery practice, hidden parts like corner blocks, etc...
Many of the finest antiques have hidden parts that look like pallet wood.
Barry
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wrote:

I use an Excel spreadsheet.
Barry
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www.staples.com They have everything you need.
This is one of my favorite.
http://www.staples.com/Catalog/Browse/class.asp?PageType=3&ClassID 0200&bcFlag=True&bcSCatId=1&bcSCatName=Office+Supplies&bcCatId&bcCatName=Writing+Supplies&bcDeptId02&bcDeptName=Pencils
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Great info everybody - thanks! Got everything I need for the perfect radio desk @ Home Depot and it will cost me a total of $125 - absolutely awesome - and they will do all the cuts for me!

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