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Posted on Board feet and stacks of lumber

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 04:22 PM

If you end up with about 2500 board feet, that comes out to about 32 cents a board foot which is in line with what the sawyers around here normally charge (a little higher, but well within that range). I’m usually a little cautious about paying people per hour on something like this. You can definitely end up dragging a simple operation out for a long time period. I’d really like to see something like a price per board foot or price per cut foot (since you can cut logs thicker than 4/4 obviously). Your guys may not offer that though.

If you can, get them to quarter saw as much as possible. Flat sawing has its purpose, but quartersawn wood usually is nicer (depending on the species). It’s probably going to take more time though, but it yields a better product IMO.

Chances are you’re not going to find lumber (red or white oak) anywhere near 32 cents per board foot. Even finding it at $1 per board foot is probably not going to happen. So, I wouldn’t feel like you’re getting ripped off because you’re not going to find this any cheaper unless you happen upon someone giving it away.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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