Yesterday I got a sheet of BC for 26.00 at one lumberyard, went to the job
and realized I needed 3 more, went out to a closer lumberyard where they
didn't have BC, so I asked what they did have. Which was CDX at 35.00.
I hesitatingly asked what AC was, and they said, 37.00! Strange. I also
need some 3/8 MDO board (sinage, with the craft paper surface) and figured
that cost would be astronomical, but it was only 28.00. Maybe they aren't
using BC or MDO in Iraq?
I wasn't so much complaining about
prices in the original message, just
stating that they're all over the place.
I think the lumberyard where I got the
expensive CDX is basically a new home
supplier and can afford to stick it to
people who come in for a sheet or
two. I would have paid over 3 dollars
for an 8 foot stud there if I hadn't asked
the price first.
Couple of other factors beyond your implication.
1) US is not harvesting at the rate it used to, has closed mills, and
operates some with imported veneer.
2) Then there's the sinking dollar.
Guess things will remain volatile.
Our BORG still has that Maple/Birch 3/4" veneer core ply for $35. Made in
USA. I think the price started out arounfd $29isj, IIRC.
Got two sheets yesterday with some stunning bird's eye and quilting...
'Course the big black streaks kind'a detracted from them, but what the
It is amazing that folks are paying $84 for a sheet of cherry ply. It
would not be so high if people stopped buying it, and selected another
kind of (less expensive) ply. Same for gasoline, people keep buying
SUVs and large trucks and car-pooling is not even considered an
I was at Harris today to get some wood. I was looking at the price of
cherry while I was there and was thinking the same thing. Cherry is fairly
plentiful compared to the "exotics" but command a higher price than other
woods that would be as available. BUT, people want it and will pay the
On the way to the store I was talking about a small table I want to make.
My wife says "I'd like cherry, but if you want, you can use another wood."
So, don't expect any beg concessions from my house. I did easily convince
her that the oak TV stand I made was just as nice as if it was in cherry.
Especially since our floor in that room is cherry. The oak give contrast.
FWIW, I do drive a full sized car and average 24 to 25 mpg. I won't buy a
car that gets less.
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