After putting together my cutlist, I called up the lumber yard that I am getting the material from. They emailed me the latest price list for all their products.
Seeing that you are charged extra for boards wider than 8”, I decided that going back to the cutlist to reorganize the pieces on 8” wide may benefit me. I had too much room left over on 9” wide pieces anyway, so fitting them onto 8” worked well (below), and I actually had less waste. I didn’t even have to use more boards!
With some rough calculation I was able to see how much this saved me. Since I am still not sure which wood to go with (walnut or QS white oak) I calculated both. The difference between 9” wide and the new 8” in the oak was $130+ savings. The walnut was over $160!
With only a $50 price difference between the final BF of oak and walnut, I am still undecided of which to choose. It may end up coming down to being in the lumber yard and seeing the wood in person. If anyone has made a similar chair or piece of furniture out of either white oak or walnut, I would love to hear your opinions.
I can’t wait to go next week and pick up the material!