woodweb.com seems to say that 4/4 cherry would be $4.05 to $4.65 for 1,000 bf and 200 bf respectively for the Eastern US (I am in Florida).
I did a RFQ on woodweb.com and got a couple of quotes that are in $4.25 - $4.95 range but they are clear across the country! Of course shipping costs from these locations will put me right back up in the big dollar range per bf.
Seems that locally prices for hardwood are outragious. I assume that cabinet shops would not pay this much but I do not know.
I am considering starting a part time woodworking business (I just registered fine-woodworks.com) but if these are the kind of prices I am going to have to pay for wood I could never make a go of it!
It does not seem to just be cherry that is a problem. An common wood like 4/4 red oak is $3,85 where as woodweb.com list it at $2.10 for 200 bf. That is $1.75 extra. Quarter sawn white oak is $9.30 for 8/4 and $6.50 for 4/4.
A rule of thumb says my costs should be about 25% for materials, 50% for labor and 25% profit. It seems if I have to pay these kind of prices I can not make any money at it.
What am I doing wrong. How does one buy wood at a resonable cost? Are my price expectations out of line? Are the local dealers screwing me? Do I have to buy wood by the truck load to make money? What do other do?
BTW, I have a friend that works in a cabinet show and he asked his boss what he could get some cherry for. He came back with a price of $6.94 4/4 FAS rough.
One final question. woodweb.com seems to state that #1 common is what is used for most furnature and when building cabinets. It also shows that it should be $2.00 bf, rough, 4/4, #1 common for 200bf of cherry. Seems that this is what would be "common" yet everyone only has FAS! Even clear across the country they only have FAS in stock and #1 common would take a week or more!