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becikeja

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08-19-2017 08:43 PM

I have not purchased lumber at a big box store in years. But this weekend I am visiting the inlaws and wandered into one. I decided to walk down the lumber aisle to see what was there. $10/bd ft. for red oak?? Are you kidding me? I now remember why I don’t buy wood at the big box store.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense


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#1 posted 08-19-2017 09:15 PM

Yeah if it’s not pine then it’s pricey. Here in Charlotte oak is cheaper at woodcraft than it is it Hd or blowes.

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 09:32 PM

I think it’s priced to keep people from buying it to protect them from themselves. Red oak is some of the most God awful looking wood out there.

Sarcasm, of course. Except the part about God awful looking.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 08-19-2017 10:41 PM

Lately I have been finding a crapload of Birdseye maple at my local HD’s.
I live in philly, and stop in about once a week when I’m driving by one.
I guess the mills don’t sort when they cut for them.
Hope they keep that up!

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 11:46 PM

find an HD with walnut and check out the price.

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#5 posted 08-20-2017 12:54 AM

You can find some real bargains if you look hard enough or stop in at the right time. But $9 / LF for 1×4 walnut isn’t one of them.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 01:14 AM

Here they sell it by the linear foot and it’s very expensive.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 08-20-2017 03:01 AM

It’s like they looked at some hardwood dealer’s price list which is delineated by board feet, and then decided to use the board foot price for linear feet of 1×4.

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#8 posted 08-20-2017 04:26 AM

HD sells by foot and we all know that goods are much cheaper when buying in bulk. If you show up at my local lumberyard and ask a foot of read oak they would promptly show you the door.
Besides thar hardwood sold in HD is dimentioned on 4 sides to specific width. Plus the wood is of very high quality, no knots, gouges, cracks … A lumberyard on the other hand shifts much of the wate associated with the dimentioning onto the customer.

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#9 posted 08-20-2017 04:41 AM


If you show up at my local lumberyard and ask a foot of read oak they would promptly show you the door.

- Carloz

You should find a friendlier lumber dealer. Here in Tucson, I’m fortunate to have Woodworker’s Source, who deal in a wide variety of premium hardwoods.

Their policy is, you can buy one foot off a board, and they’ll cut it for you for free. The rule is that the board has to have six feet left on it after your cut — four feet for an exotic. Since their boards are all FAS, that’s not a problem.

Your guys sound like real jerks.

Edit: Regarding the big box S4S, there are a number of issues. First, the waste from dimensioning S2S myself is minimal, especially considering the cost differential. Second, the big box S4S is 3/4” thick precisely. That means that if the board has even the slightest bend, you can’t get a straight piece of 3/4” out of it.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#10 posted 08-20-2017 02:31 PM

The big box wood is very pretty and completely surfaced, plus you can select your boats from the entire stock, no rules. Convenience is also a big plus when you just need a single board.

But….

The prices are truly exorbitant and only to be paid in times of desperation. My local hardware/lumber yard had a beautiful piece of red oak, excellent rift saw grain, even color, perfectly flat/straight, 10” wide, $50/bf.

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#11 posted 08-20-2017 03:13 PM



The big box wood is very pretty and completely surfaced, plus you can select your boats from the entire stock, no rules. Convenience is also a big plus when you just need a single board.

- splintergroup

It’s surprising to read these supposed benefits to big box S4S lumber. First was the one that asking for a single foot off a board would be refused, and this one that you can select board from the entire stock. I already wrote about my dealer’s policy allowing small pieces to be cut from longer boards, but they also allow me to pick and choose from their entire stock.

Makes me wonder how other hardwood dealers handle things. Is it rare to be able to choose boards and buy short cutoffs?

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#12 posted 08-20-2017 04:44 PM



HD sells by foot and we all know that goods are much cheaper when buying in bulk. If you show up at my local lumberyard and ask a foot of read oak they would promptly show you the door.
Besides thar hardwood sold in HD is dimentioned on 4 sides to specific width. Plus the wood is of very high quality, no knots, gouges, cracks … A lumberyard on the other hand shifts much of the wate associated with the dimentioning onto the customer.

- Carloz


If you’ve ever been able to find a straight board at a big box store, you’re doing better than I am. They store their lumber stacked on end at an angle, which virtually guarantees it’ll end up as a ski jump and not a flat board.

Big box lumber is only good when you absolutely need something on a Sunday when no real lumber dealers are open.

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#13 posted 08-20-2017 05:18 PM

i will say that i have a menards near me that has oak,maple, yellow birch, and poplar that isnt the wrapped in plastic stuff- free standing S3S.
not the price i could get it RS, but with it being S3S, not a bad price.

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#14 posted 08-20-2017 05:30 PM

find a sawyer, and clean it up yourself,
You end up with a better product, and it really is your own work
last oak I bought was 98cents a board/foot. rough, random lengths and widths, not graded but he let me sort through it. same price red or white and as much as I wanted to buy
local guy, air dried. that was a couple of years ago though,

You are always better off if you buy from the source. The more people who handle it the more you will pay.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#15 posted 08-20-2017 11:15 PM


Makes me wonder how other hardwood dealers handle things. Is it rare to be able to choose boards and buy short cutoffs?

- RichTaylor


RIch,

My main source (one of only two) let you dig down 3 levels into the stack. The latest dealer I found lets you choose from they entire stock and will cut to length if you need shorter pieces to haul or only need a few feet. (they are a tad cheaper too!)

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