Are these good prices???

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Blog entry by Kristoffer posted 01-08-2010 05:50 PM 1910 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, between being new to woodworking and being self-taught, I wouldn’t know a good or bad lumber price if my life depended on it. So far, I’ve only worked with the basics like pine, MDF, poplar and oak. There is a guy in my area selling the following planks at the prices listed. Are prices good, average or bad?

Maple – $60.00 – 2-1/8” x 8-1/2” x 76”

Honduras Mahogany – $60.00 – 2” x 9-3/4” x 75”

Walnut – $40.00 – 2-1/8” x 7-1/2” x 66”

Ash – $40.00 – 2” x 7-1/8” x 64-1/2”

I thank you all in advance for your help on this subject. With the upgrades and new additions to my shop, I think that I’m ready to start trying some new things and hopefully using a LOT LESS MDF.

Thanks again,
Kristoffer H.
Novi, Michigan

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 05:55 PM

I can tell you that here no.1 maple is $4.50 to $5 a board ft.

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 06:02 PM

For my area the maple price is double what it goes for. The walnut is high, but not outrageously I guess for one board if it is super nice. The ash is 3X what I get a BFT. I can’t advise on mahogany since I don’t deal in it.

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 06:04 PM

After seeing your location…you are smack in the middle of hardwood country…shop around you can do much better.

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 06:06 PM

Those prices are pretty typical of what we pay here in the midwest… at a hardwood dealer. For an individual selling I don’t think it is that great. If you buy check the wood really well for knots (there should only be at most 2 or 3 small ones) but also bring a metal detector since you don’t know where these are coming from.

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 06:12 PM

Select maple here is 3.00 bf, select walnut is 5.54 bf, find a hardwood dealer in your area and find out what he’s asking. Also the person that is listing the wood might be selling some very figured or special pieces. You may also want to visit the wood whisper web sight. Marc has a video that will help you understand how to calculate board feet, teminology what is 4/4 lumber, and in general the process of buying furniture quality lumber (Video is caslled a lumbering Feeling). You can go to woodfinder to help find hard wood dealers in your area.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 01-08-2010 06:15 PM

I know a guy 70 (?) miles from you in Bath MI that runs a sawmill and could supply you quality kiln dried hardwood at 1/2 those prices I am pretty sure. If you are interested shoot me a PM and I will give you a link to his website.

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#7 posted 01-08-2010 06:15 PM

That’s a good price for the mahogany. $5.91 bf.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 01-08-2010 06:19 PM

Can someone check my math?

1. I calculate 9.5 board ft, so $6.29/bf. High.

2. 10.2 bf; $5.91/bf. OK if it’s really Honduran mahogany.

3. 7.3 bf; $5.48/bf. Not too bad.

4. 6.4 bf; $6.27/bf. High.

Maple and ash are pretty common. No reason they should cost that much. This is all contingent on my math being right.

Edit: Got a check from GaryK while I was typing.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 01-08-2010 06:21 PM

Thanks, guys! I’m guessing that that is enough feedback for me to make my decision. I’ve got a pretty reputablr lumber yard about 35 minutes away. I’ve been told that they have three large barns full of exotics and that they even sell cut offs, which (after a little more thought) might be a better place for me to start.

Again, thank you all for your input!!! I might have just spent money that I don’t have to spare if it wasn’t for this great site and the kind folks that use it to share their experience and knowledge.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#10 posted 01-08-2010 06:29 PM

Here we have 3 private one man mill and they cut logs in boards different thickness and they pile their boards in a large shed, you can buy very cheap but you have to get it to dried yourself, I try to get some that was cut about 2 years back so it dries faster, I have my moisture meter and as soon as I gets the green light on my meter it is ready to use.

You should see here the nice maple logs that goes to fire wood, one year I got a pile of Birds eye maple but it is only 16” long still I save it to make small projects.
I have some showing in my workshop pictures.

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#11 posted 01-08-2010 06:34 PM

Kristoffer….by any chance f you happen to live close to a place where they make furnitures sometimes you can get left over pretty good size cheap I use to do that.

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 10:44 PM

I second the mill in Bath, it is Northeast of Lansing. I drive from south of Detroit to there when I need more than 50 bd ft and it is a big savings.

He also has a loft with shorts at another 50% off that would be good for smaller projects.

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#13 posted 01-09-2010 12:15 AM

I get mine in Fredrick, MD and they runs specials all the time on the more common domestics; cherry, walnut, red oak, maple, and poplar. Though they are only 4/4 and 6 ft long, its still pretty good.

I made a trip down today and paid $4.30 bdft for some of the walnut and $5.50 for some 5/4 spalted maple.

Red oak was $2, soft maple was $2.80 and hard was another 15 cents. I believe cherry was $5 something.

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#14 posted 01-09-2010 01:20 AM

Kris, I can’t tell you about the Mahogany, but the Maple and Ash prices are too high. A friend of mine in Dryden, just north of Almont, can give you much better prices and a really good selection. His name is Dennis Duncan and his website is Michigan Hardwoods. I’m heading out there Sunday. I’m sure he’ll point you in the right direction.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 01-09-2010 05:12 AM

I was looking at Craigslist today and saw a couple hardwood lumber dealers in our area. Go to materials and search “lumber”.

-- Gerry,

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