If you have the equipment, time, and inclination rough sawn stock is the
cheapest way out. Look under hardwoods in the phone book. I'm sure there
will be at least one. They will also probably have S2S stock and/or will,
for a price, mill the stock to your specs.
In tracking the price of what few hardwoods are available at Lowes or Home
Depot they are invariably twice the cost of what it costs me at my favorite
supplier. BUT, that is comparing wood milled and pretty much ready to be cut
to size, jointed, glued up, and finished at the home store against rough cut
stock from my supplier.
However the prices you quoted don't sound way out of line but it is hard to
tell since the prices of wood can vary a great deal depending on regional
availability and local and national demand. Costs for non domestic woods
also has to include trucking from however far away the ports of entry are.
That can really give you a throw down when price comparing..
In other words, if you need X species of wood you make some calls to
whatever suppliers are in your area and find out what the going rate is, and
that can change as often as weekly. What you may pay there, most likely is
NOT what someone else may pay elsewhere on the same day.
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