The primary legitimate reason for 8/4 costing more than 4/4 is based on
*grading* of the lumber.
It is more difficult to get the same grade when sawing 8/4 as compared to
If the lumber is not graded there is minimal justification for a higher
On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:23:38 -0800 (PST), Larry Bud
Even more, check my guy out:
Compare white oak, where the difference is as much as $4/bf for
quartersawn, and sapele, where the difference is only $0.35/bf.
I can't believe how much people pay for quality wood. Do a google
search for sawmills in your area, also check
http://www.switchboard.com for them. Then go talk to the owner. Most
small sawmills will sell you whatever you need. I've bought as little
as one board, or 1000bft lots. If you can dry your own wood, it gets
even cheeper. The last lot of birdseye maple I bought was $1.00 a
board foot, $0.50 for character grade walnut, and $0.50 for cherry.
Here's a link to some cheep lumber in East Tennessee:
And the ads online today:
KILN DRIED LUMBER Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Soft Maple, Walnut,
Poplar, Hickory, Ash & Cherry Call for info & prices
LUMBER 500 BD ft kiln dried cherry, 8' lengths, 6-8" widths, 1" thick
LUMBER CEDAR LUMBAR, 510lf $1020 for all
LUMBER CEDAR, 100 board foot $200 for all
LUMBER CHERRY AND walnut 100 board feet $150
2500 FT LUMBER MIXED CHERRY, Walnut, Oak, Poplar $1500
LUMBER WALNUT, 220+ bft, kiln dried, lv msg $500
LUMBER WALNUT, 500' +, 35yr seasoned $600, also 100' of Wormy Chestnut
You can find locally produced wood from your area just as cheep if you
look hard enough. Also, go the the websites of portable sawmills,
(Woodmizer, etc.) They have lists of people who have bought their
machines. Find someone in your area and contact them. Have them call
you when they have lumber to sell.
On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:39:33 GMT, "Bonehenge (B A R R Y)"
I don't have time to blow 4 or 5 hours to drive to the closest
sawmill, especially since I don't have a truck and can only haul
around a few pieces in my Saturn. And if it's to save $50, it's
still not worth it when I could use one of those hours to do some side
programming and make $80.
If you think his figures show a 50 buck savings, then you need to back
off and re-think. A buck a board foot for kiln dried cherry should
yield sufficient FAS, commons and whatnot to save at least 500 bucks.
If you get lucky, that amount could triple.
Can you borrow a truck for a day? Attach a trailer to your Saturn?
One of the fine advantages to country living is that what I don't
have, my friends or neighbors do have, so hauling pretty much anything
isn't a hassle, except for the work and the gas.
Have you ever actually been to any of areas some of us live in?
Charlie Self, remember "East Westchester County"? <G>
I have absolutely no way to store more than say, 150 bf/ft of stock,
much less unusable stock that isn't dry. Since a 1/2 acre empty lot
in my neighborhood goes for ~$75,000, I think the lumber dealer is
providing me with a good value by holding all that stock until I need
I was born in Yonkers, raised in an area including Mt. Vernon, N.
Pelham, New Rochelle, and then up to Katonah and the "country."
Actually, when we moved ther ein '53, Katonah was pretty much country.
I left Westchester in January 1958, and have had no reason to return
for about 35 years now. The friends I had from that era are living in
places like Santa Barbara and upstate NY and Arizona and Nevada.
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