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juniorjock

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1531 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lowes hardwood plywood pre-cut plywood prices

I am ready to get started on a project and went to my local Lowes web site to get some prices on hardwood plywood. First point, 3/4” 4×8 sheets of birch plywood and oak plywood had the exact same prices – $48.97. I decided I probably wouldn’t need a full sheet, so I started looking at the prices for pre-cut plywood. This is where it get’s weird. (all of the following is 3/4” stock).

2×2 oak plywood is $10.92.
2×2 birch plywood is $8.37.

2×4 oak plywood is $18.24.
2×4 birch plywood is $16.72.

If full sheets are the same price, why the difference for the pre-cut stock? Is there a reason for the price difference?

- JJ


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Karson

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#1 posted 1531 days ago

Yes there is a reason.

Profit.

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#2 posted 1531 days ago

Maybe the full sheet of oak was on sale or mislabeled.

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 1531 days ago

Karson – hahaha.

contrary to your personal experience- most people that go to HD don’t have the means to handle full sheets, and are buying the pre cut sheets. the full sheets are priced in order to also attract some people to buy those – as Karson said – more profit. it’s all marketing. has nothing to do with actual material value but more with what people are looking for and willing to spend.

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Karson

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#4 posted 1531 days ago

I went to buy 3 sheets of 2X4 1/2” mdf it cost more that the full sheet. So I bought the full sheet and had them cut it free to the smaller size.

They don’t carry 1/4” mdf in 4X8’ sheets, so to get it I have to puy pre-cut pieces.

I use this stuff for jig making for routing pattern pieces. (Toy workshop and kitchen cabinets.)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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live4ever

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#5 posted 1531 days ago

Yeah the prices on the precut pieces are annoying. But on more than one occasion I’ve been in a rush and not been able to find anyone to cut a full sheet down. So I’ve been “forced” to purchase the precut sheets.

I imagine there are only a handful of employees at any given store that are authorized to use the panel saw. If they were having to cut down sheets a lot it makes perfect sense (from their point of view) to precut them and charge more.

That being said, the big box price of 4×8 3/4” birch ply (which is not very high quality) in my area has risen from $37 to $50 in one year.

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Karson

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#6 posted 1531 days ago

I agree with the price rise. It almost seems like it happened overnight. When the building boom slowed down the price seemeed to drop and then came up higher than before.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 1531 days ago

Support your local hardwood/plywood dealers. They are out there and worth the effort to find. With the construction industry hit like it has been, I am sure they would welcome any new customers. Besides, if you want to work with C grade plywood, atleast pay C grade prices.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1531 days ago

Be Careful buying plywood from the box stores a lot of it is made in china with it having formaldehyde content.

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hazbro

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#9 posted 1531 days ago

they also sell 2’ x 2’ sheets of sheet rock for $4-$5.

The 4’ x 8’ sheet is $6- $7.

they charge for the person doing a repair patch, or the largest size that can fit in a prius.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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bent

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#10 posted 1531 days ago

i always figured that the just cut down the damaged sheets and relabled them. from a business view, it makes more sense to cut up the full sheet and charge more than sell a discounted sheet.

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juniorjock

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#11 posted 1531 days ago

I appreciate all the good comments, but my question is… if a full sheet costs the same, why the difference in price for pre-cut stock?
- JJ

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#12 posted 1531 days ago

Ah, I see what you are asking. You are questioning the difference between the prices for the species, not the prices on the sizes, right? If the full sheets are the same price, why aren’t the pre-cut sheets for both species the same price?

I don’t have an answer for you, just clarifying your question so maybe someone can help.

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MarkwithaK

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#13 posted 1531 days ago

I think I see what you are trying to figure out. If a full 4X8 sheet of birch and oak both cost the same then why is it that 2X2 oak is more expensive than 2X2 birch? Any answer I offered would be purely speculation.

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juniorjock

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#14 posted 1531 days ago

Yes, thank you DL. I think that’s what I asked…............. “If full sheets are the same price, why the difference for the pre-cut stock? Is there a reason for the price difference?”

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#15 posted 1531 days ago

I say if you have a local hardwood dealer that you can support do. Generally they are way cheaper. IMO.

-- Russ

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