For a secondary wood it sure seems that Oak
is expensive. Why is this? A one foot by
1" by 10 foot board of red is about $35 at HD/Lwes.
This sure doesn't seem like a "poor man's pine" to me.
Why is a wood that considered to be so average so
expensive? I don't understand...am I thinking of
another type of wood?
$35 for 10 board feet = $3.50 / board foot, which actually isn't too bad a
price for S4S oak lumber. That said, there are many better places to buy
hardwoods than HD or Lowe's. Try looking in the Yellow Pages under 'Lumber'
for a dealer that specializes in hardwoods.
It isn't. What gave you the idea that it was? Oak and pine are *nothing*
alike. Not in physical properties, not in appearance, not in price.
Perhaps you have a distorted picture of "expensive". Or a distorted picture of
how much red oak lumber "should" cost. Or a distorted picture of what red oak
lumber *is* -- "poor man's pine" indeed! <snort>
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Well, with tongue in cheek - -
I tend to agree with the OP. Red oak certainly doesn't compare with walnut,
cherry, mahogany, or maple in my book. It smells when you cut it, doesn't
stain well, and I don't like the grain pattern. I rate it with poplar and
pine, I actually prefer pine.
Quarter sawn white oak is another matter, however, there has been an
incredible amount of ugly, dark oak furniture made. Green and Green is a
refreshing relief, but they often used cherry if I remember correctly.
I'm thinking of using ash in the future.
Having said all of the above, I may change my mind next week. :-)
1. Because you are buying it at the borg. They are not the most
cost-effective source for hardwood.
2. You are paying a premium for S4S (surfaced four sides).
3. Thats about $3.50/bf which is really not that bad. I pay about $2.50/bf
for Oak here in the Northeast for rough-cut.
4.Why do you consider Oak a secondary wood? It's not exotic, but....
If you have a supply of genuine mahogany for $2.20 BF rough sawn, kiln
dried I will take 20 tons tomorrow to start.
You may have African, but I cannot get that price on mahogany at the
mills in Nicaragua.
Lots of teak for sale $4-5/ bf +shipping from Houston
Not any more. I used to be in the business, but health problems last
year forced me to shut down. There is a bunch of old inventory in
Email at this address off the list if you really are serious and I will
send tel. contact info.
Lowell Holmes wrote:
Well, they told me it was genuine mahogany, and it looks damn good for the
price! Actually, I prefer the white mahogany, as you can stain it any color
you want and don't have that reddish color of genuine. The stuff comes from
somewhere in South America - managed forests!
One of the tricks is to find a species of wood that looks like mahogany
when sawn and just call it that because of similar characteristics.
Funnily, some of the fake mahoganies are better woods to work with than
the Swietenia macrophylla. A similar thing is happening with the
rosewoods and "genuine" requires species definition.
Cheap teak for sale.
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