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Forum topic by MikeOB posted 02-25-2010 03:08 AM 1104 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2010 03:08 AM

I have the option of getting some #1 common red oak for $1.45 b.f or s/b for $1.98 a b.f.

which should I get? I have the space for about 100 or so board feet. I do not have any projects currently in mind.

just wondering if you think this is a good price for either and what would you choose.

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 06:59 PM

I believe you’ll get shorter usable pieces form the #1 Common.

-- Gerry,

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 07:19 PM

Those prices seem pretty good. I typically buy from Northwest Lumber in Indianapolis (shameless plug—those guys always have had good service any time I have been by) if I can’t get good back-channel deals, and their red oak 4/4 is typically about $3/bf (with 50+ bf purchase). Granted, they carry pretty nice boards, so it’s really not 100% fair to compare #1 common to their prices, it does give a little bit of a benchmark.

So you typically build big stuff? If not, you may want to save a few bucks. If, however, you think you may want to build a chest, bed, or something that would require a bunch of long, clear pieces, spend the extra $50 and save yourself some headaches later on!

-- David from Indiana --

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 08:27 PM

I quit buying any #1 common years ago. I found there was way too much waste for what I did. It also cost me a lot of time to try to use it. I decided goods grades were actually cheaper, all things considered.
—-Just my opinion.


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#4 posted 03-05-2010 02:47 AM

thanks for the advice :)

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 03:38 AM

It comes down to what you will be building. If your project calls for wide panels then go with the S&B. If your trying to save some money and the look of your project won’t be compromised with a lot of glue-ups then go with the #1 common.

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 03:44 PM

Either price is very good. I know that for myself I would get the s/b. It gets frustrating (and wasteful) to work around the bad parts on the #1 common.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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