UK price of timber

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Blog entry by BigYin posted 10-11-2014 07:38 PM 1465 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I made a small purchase of timber. when I received the bill I choked,

1m of 100×100 redwood at 12.20 GBP thats $19.6 USD
7.2m of 225mmx47mm pine floor joist at £6.17 per meter ($9.92 USD per meter) thats £44.42 GBP or $71.39 USD
Pro discount reduced this to £32.78 + VAT (Tax) £6.56, total of £39.34 GBP or $63.23 USD

The redwood is ok, not the best or even real good, but ok.
The pine joists are C16 which is about the lowest grade, full of knots and sap pockets

Like every thing else in the UK wood is getting expensive

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 08:17 PM

Not sure what all that means, but it probably serves you right for buying that exotic imported stuff. Use it judiciously.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 10:53 PM

I will convert this to American.

4.23 board ft. of redwood for $19.60 = $4.63/bf

That is the cheapest redwood I’ve ever heard of. (assuming we are referring to the same type of redwood)

32.25 board ft of pine for $71.39 = $2.21/bf This seems a little pricey if it is construction grade.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#3 posted 10-12-2014 04:08 AM

In the UK “Redwood” is scotts pine grown in scotland or scandinavia, generally capable of being decently finished. slower growm with tighter grain
Pine is construction grade rough or dressed coarse grained, knots, cracks

Neither have much in common with american redwood

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#4 posted 10-12-2014 01:28 PM

Big Yin,
I also (in Scotland) feel your pain.
I have been in Lowes, Home Depot etc. while in the States,
and prices for timber and boards are much less and usually better quality.
Plus you don’t have 20% VAT,
you pay a local or state tax usually 5-8%.
Even the tools are cheaper for named brands.
But then we have constant glorious sunshine in Scotland…..........?
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#5 posted 10-12-2014 02:17 PM

I understand completely, even here in the US prices can be steep and I fear they will get worse. I only use what I grow myself but even then Emerald Ash Borers have severely reduced the local population of Ash trees and placed a quarantine on moving Ash wood in or out of the county. The same might soon be true of Walnut as a fungal disease has been identified in a neighboring county. Perhaps as a community of woodworkers we should use our shared love of wood to promote better understanding of arboriculture and forestry issues so that trees and the wood they produce can continue to enrich our planet.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 03:21 PM

Ive never seen the sun in scotland, its always obscures by the thick haze of midges and clegs.
Im so pleased for you that you’ve seen this amazingly rare event.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 08:56 AM

I know not of what you speak, Midges and Clegs….......bah Humbug.
As I sit here at my PC looking out at ANOTHER glorious day,
I hear you in Englandshire are bringing out your ARKS
and reading up on your Old Testament.
Same here leafherder,
“The Wise Ones” imported diseased Ash trees from Europe (more profit),
and now native Ash species are being decimated.
God save us from Politicians and Bureaucrats.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#8 posted 10-17-2014 01:07 AM

Wow, that is a big difference than here in the East Coast of the US

-- Norman

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