Wood prices vary depending on demand and availability. The only
accurate way I know of to check is to call a supplier and ask.
Calculate material needs (make up a bill of materials), then call or
visit the supplier.
There are some sheet goods calculators, but mostly they tell you how to
get the most out of a sheet of plywood (a handy feature with hardwood
plywood often over $100 a sheet).
When calculating for solid wood requirements, remember that the material is
_not_ going to be as consistent in size as sheet goods. Even FAS will have
some sapwood or a defect in the worst possible place for your cutting plans.
Order 10-15% more wood in FAS than you think you'll need. For Selects,
20-25% is wise. And _don't_ bother with BF calcs. What you need isn't 1BF,
it's a piece 6' long by 2" wide, which isn't 2" wide, of course, but closer
to 2 1/4 with the jointing and ripping loss.
Substitute softwood grades for the hardwood quoted above for buying.
Good advice. It's amazing how the defect always lands in the middle
of the "perfect" part! This is why magazine board cutting diagrams
are usually worthless.
The ugly stuff left over is often excellent for shop jigs, joinery
practice, hidden parts like corner blocks, etc...
Many of the finest antiques have hidden parts that look like pallet
www.staples.com They have everything you need.
This is one of my favorite.
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