I buy stock from any one of a half dozen suppliers depending on which has
the price and selection that is right.
As I said in my post Lowes sells S4S red oak at about four dollars a board
foot last time I checked. Maybe two months ago. The smallest supplier I deal
with is selling red oak for $2.83 a board foot. That figure was current last
week when I gave a quote on a possible commission. This is, of course, rough
cut which is well in line with my findings that the home stores usually run
about twice the price for their S4S stock.
In other words I can't see even a small supplier lasting more then a week
with a 300% mark up on their stock. Even if there were fools with more money
then brains to buy it who'd be able to afford to buy their output.
:Let's us see. If I built an eight foot high cabinet and the shelves were
3/4" x 12" x 33", one shelf would be 2.75 board feet. Now, if I were to
space them so I had, say, 6 shelves, that would be 16.5 board feet, and at
$16.00 per board foot the cost would be $264.00 JUST FOR THE SHELVES. Anyone
care to figure out what a small step stool would cost?
At sixteen dollars a board foot I want to know where this guy lives. I could
move there and make a fortune just mail ordering stock and having it shipped
in when I got an order. No warehouse, no overhead, just a connection to the
Sorry Ed, if you are paying sixteen dollars a board foot for common domestic
and exotics you're being taken. Granted if you live in an area where cherry
doesn't grow you will pay more but still.........
Hell, I can mail order cherry for less then three dollars more then what I
would pay here based on the last time I checked prices. For that matter I
can mail order red oak, out of Yuma Az. not what you'd call it's normal
range, S4S for only two dollars a board foot it would cost me right now
locally and in the rough. Of course then I'd have to pay shipping and oak is
a local product.
Take a look here http://yumahardwoods.homestead.com/redoak.html The price
of red oak here in Ma.and in the rough ran between $2.83 a board foot to
$3.63 a board foot as of last week.
And that's without really trying.
Have to stick to my opinion that anyone asking if a 300% markup on a common,
non endangered, readily available wood, especially when you only have to
drive twenty miles to a home store, is most likely a troll.
Guess I wandered a bit. Got varnish drying in the shop so I had the time.
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