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Blog entry by TheShat posted 12-12-2011 02:16 AM 1600 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for the rant, but I went to Lowes today to get some supplies for making some Christmas gifts. 1X8X8 ceder was $12 that meant my bird feeders would be $24 each in just lumber. Does anyone know were I can find any good deals on lumber in Ormond Beach, FL? I got one lead from a local woodworker, but the shop was out of business… maby its just me, is that a good price for ceder? Thanks for any help

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 02:41 AM

wicked great idea, Thanks!

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 02:45 AM

Hi Shat,
I would contact the saw mill company ‘WoodMiizer’.
They will give you a list of people who own portable sawmills in your area.
Where I live in Chattanooga,Tn, I can buy rough lumber starting at .35 pbf.
Buy it green and air dry it yourself. You will never make money buying wood
retail unless you are building high end stuff and can charge a lot for it.
Happy hunting,Dan

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 04:01 AM

Your 1×8x8 is about 5.3 bf. So at $12 you paid $2.26 per bf. For clear, finished both sides lumber, that’s not bad. The price per bf will go down if you buy narrower widths. So, if you could use 1×4 boards it would probably be cheaper to buy 2 1×4x8 boards. Fencing is cheap because it’s got a rough surface. If you want a smooth surface you’ll need to plane it down. btw, that’s one humongous bird feeder :)

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 05:38 AM

Are you feeding Ostriches or what ? : )
Cedar is pricey , but its benefits outweigh the cost.
You may need to scale down the size of your feeder just a little. : )

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 06:27 PM

Its not a very large birs feeder, I got the plan from Yella woods project book. As for the cedar it was only finished on one side, and pine was $9.90 for the same board, so with paint it would end up costing more.

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 01:57 PM

I live I Brandon FL Lots of aromatic cedar tree here that people want to get rid of. I cut them down for free and keep the logs. Re saw them and and let them air dry. I am never short on aromatic cedar. Would you like me to send you some boards?

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