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12-18-2015 06:21 PM

My wife has requested a custom sized cutting board so I went to buy some lumber. I was going to get some 1” to 1 1/4” thick boards, cut them and then make the board. The store didn’t have anything that size so I ended up having to buy S4S 1×4 .. and the price to make the board was almost $170. I decided to re-do my plan of stacking them with the 3/4” side up and will just rip them into strips and have a thinner board. I ended up spending $100 on enough maple/walnut/cherry to make the board which will be 3/4” thick and 22×34. This isn’t much more than buying a cutting board but it would be too small to fit over the sink.

I’m not sure if this is normal for my area (SF Bay Area) or if I could’ve gotten a better price somewhere else. I’m also understanding why people have band saws, planers, and joiners so they can buy rough cut lumber and size it themselves. When they cut down the walnut tree at my in-laws I’m going to want some of that lumber for sure.


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#1 posted 12-18-2015 06:31 PM

This is a price list from my area provider just out side of Milwaukee, WI I know SF can be expensive but that seems outrageous compared to around here. Click on pricing to go through all prices, they are in alphabetical order, and on 3 different pages.
http://www.kmhardwoods.com/athruco.cfm

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 06:51 PM

S4S is what’s adding significantly to the price, though being in the Bay Area doesn’t help.

I’ve spent more than I wanted at MacBeath in SF, but for rough cut maple, walnut, and cherry in the amount you’re talking about (about 6 board feet including waste for a 1” cutting board), you would have paid $35-70 for the lumber. Soft maple is cheaper, walnut and cherry are a little more per board foot.

Now, finding short boards can be a problem at MacBeath, because they don’t like selling half board. They’ll cut it to whatever length you want if you’re buying the whole board. Next time you have a half hour free, go to MacBeath and browse through the warehouse, and note the price per board foot for 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 lumber. Bring a tape measure, and download a board foot calculator for your phone.

It doesn’t take too many projects to figure out that a lunchbox planer and either a jointer or a hand plane will save you a lot of money over buying S4S lumber.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 06:52 PM

6 board feet in a cutting board for $100? Definitely seems outrageous.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 07:43 PM

That seems pretty high, what species did you buy? S4S is always more expensive though.

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 07:50 PM

Even for S4S that’s astronomical. Did you buy this at a lumberyard or somewhere like Woodcraft? Of those 3 woods, walnut is the most expensive around here and it’s $6/bf for 4/4. Cherry is around $4 and soft maple around $3. That’s rough cut but I wouldn’t think milling would add more than $2/bf.

I’d say that you’d recoupe the cost of a planer in a couple of projects if you can get rough cut wood at reasonable prices.

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#6 posted 12-18-2015 07:56 PM

How in the world are you gonna make a cutting board without a jointer planer?

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 08:05 PM

Walnut is expensive, especially on the west coast. Here in Oregon it is $10/bf for 4/4 rough so S4S will be even more. Did you use mostly walnut in your cutting board or was it an accent wood?

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#8 posted 12-18-2015 08:11 PM

I bought 6’ sections of 1×4. I have 6’ of walnut, 6’ of cherry and the rest is maple. I know walnut is expensive pretty much everywhere. I bought this at a lumberyard and it’s MacBeath hardwoods. I may have been better off going to Home Depot for boards since they’d be the same. As for tools…if I was going to make/sell cutting boards I’d buy a planer. As for this..well I have a belt sander and time off from work plus a hand plane I’m tuning up to use.

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#9 posted 12-18-2015 08:56 PM

The problem is, Home Depot for sure doesn’t carry walnut or cherry, and increasingly doesn’t carry maple. You’re lucky to find red oak, and the price per board foot is much more expensive. What they do have is probably not straight and ready to rip and glue.

Best of luck on the cutting board.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#10 posted 12-18-2015 09:34 PM



The problem is, Home Depot for sure doesn t carry walnut or cherry, and increasingly doesn t carry maple. You re lucky to find red oak, and the price per board foot is much more expensive. What they do have is probably not straight and ready to rip and glue.

Best of luck on the cutting board.

- shampeon

My Home Depot, on the Wisconsin/Illinois border, carries all three but it’s approximately $10 a bf. I agree that their wood would still need some planing.

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#11 posted 12-18-2015 09:37 PM

That is a very high price for those species, next time look elsewhere or consider mail order.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 12-18-2015 09:47 PM


My Home Depot, on the Wisconsin/Illinois border, carries all three but it s approximately $10 a bf. I agree that their wood would still need some planing.

- TiggerWood

Interesting. I’ve never seen anything other than maple and red oak here in California at any of the Borg type stores. The nice thing about them carrying maple here on the west coast is that you can sometimes find nicely figured Big Leaf maple in the stacks, and it’s all the same price. Other than that, you’re much better off going to a real lumberyard.

I’ve had good luck with Central Building Supply in the city for birch and nice clear, tight Douglas fir. But truly, getting involved with a local woodworker’s club is the way to get cheap, good wood from the local sawyers.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#13 posted 12-18-2015 10:00 PM

The Home Depot in my area of Seattle started carrying Red Oak, White Oak, Poplar, Pine, Vertical Grain Fir, Walnut, Mahogany, and Birch. It’s all stupid expensive though.

And unfortunately they actually go through the maple now and there’s no longer good deals on super figured stuff. I haven’t seen a curly maple board on their rack in months. I used to see 6-8 every time I went in there. Going to have to find a new source now.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 12-18-2015 10:31 PM

Wood don’t grow on trees any more. But yes, buy it rough and maybe straight lined to save some time and dress it yourself. Mine is cherry and I bought 5/4. Cost me 60.

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#15 posted 01-06-2016 04:43 PM

I was at Home Depot and took picutres of the prices for their S4S lumber…pretty much the same as I got at the lumber store.

I was WAY overcharged at the lumber store. I think that the guy that rang me up must’ve done the math wrong because even if I did it all in Walnut from HD it would’ve cost about $90 to do a 24×36 board. Since I did it in 1/3 Maple/Cherry/Walnut the overall cost should’ve been closer to $60 – $70 for the wood. As much as I hate to say it…I’ll end up at HD for hardwood next time I need some for a project. I may have to make a trip to the San Jose area since there are hardwood dealers down there.

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