I have always told my wife that the BORG store that is 5 min from our house sells convenience not quality when it comes to hardwood and sheet goods, but I don’t think it really dawned on me until last week.
I stopped buying sheet goods from them and the like a while ago, but as home improvement projects often result in numerous trips to said store, I sometimes get lazy.
I have been working on a built in desk unit that will span the length of a wall (nearly 17 feet) that will be the new homework, craft, sewing, fly tying center for the home. I decided to cut some corners and use Melamine for the cabinet carcases, and paint grade poplar for face frames and drawers/doors. I bought the melamine, and the various plywood from my local lumber yard, but when it came time to making the face frames I got lazy and didn’t want to make the 30 min drive to the yard (being that I get 1 day a week to work on the project, a 90 min detour is a LONG TIME) I bought S4S poplar from the BORG. I don’t know, to me Poplar is Poplar, it usually gets painted or hidden either way.
I was shell shocked at the price! $25 for a 7’ long board measuring 7.25 wide, wow! Thats roughy 3 board feet, give or take a few. At $25/3BF = $8.30 BF… FOR POPLAR! Now the unfortunate part is, that I had already made all of my doors and face frames out of this COST OF GOLD poplar, because I had lumped a few things in also with the lumber purchase, so I expected a high price, but that much!? WOW!
I lay awake now, realizing that poplar goes for $2.20/BF at the lumbar yard I was too lazy to go too, and that I spent 4 times more than I needed too, because I was lazy, and the poplar from the Lumber yard was less twisted and cupped…
What keeps me up at night is not that I overspent, but that I COULD HAVE MADE MY FACE FRAME FROM FIGURED WALNUT at that price. Not to mention that the last built in and my fireplace paneling was all poplar purchased from the BORG, meaning my project was 4 times more expensive than it needed to be.
Next time your in a hurry take a minute to calculate the convenience charge associated with shopping at a BORG or the like.