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#1 posted 07-16-2012 02:33 AM

Agree with Alexandre…

Here’s some math that might help with your decision.

The prices on the list are for green lumber fresh off the saw, which means it still needs to be dried. They do note that their kiln dried stock is .35 more per bf. Assuming the stock was select and better grade at the kiln dried price you’d still be doing OK.

All the lumber would be rough sawn requiring you to have the tools to make it useable as far as square edges and flat surfaces. If you don’t have the tools they do offer jointing and planing services by the lineal foot. Just for reference, an 8’ long board jointed and planed by them would add $5.60 to the cost of each board.

So the math for dried, jointed, planed boards works out to approximately

Cherry $3.40bf
Maple $2.85bf
Walnut $4.05bf
White Oak $3.40bf

Good luck with your projects.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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