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Forum topic by jpc posted 09-04-2011 07:08 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2011 07:08 AM

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First of all, hello all. I was at my local home depot today to pick up some electrical stuff for some upcoming remodeling, and like i always do i made a pass thru the lumber aisle, My store started carring maple sometime last year. Today when i got to the maple section every size of it was priced with yellow stickers, not like the rest of there stuff, and was like a buck a linear foot, seemed like regardless of what width, the 1×8’s where a few cents more. I asked why the crazy price drop and got nothing substancial. I picked thru and found me a few boards that where straight and looked good. so my Question is why? And are you guys seeing it also. Im hoping nothing is wrong with the lot they got.It wasnt as if it was on sale, it was as if they were trying to get rid of it asap, anybody got anything

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 07:20 AM

Home Depot often has clearance sales, not advertised. I found out that no one will match a H.D. clearance price.

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 08:52 AM

thats the first time I seen it done in that fashion, but i guess it could easily be that just as well as it could be something wrong with it. It took a little while of picking thru the stack to find the ones i thought were good in my eyes, alot of bowing and cupped, if i wasnt in such a rush i would have sat there and picked thru that whole stack for the price it was being sold for, Hey thanks for your responce Tom

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 12:16 PM

No I haven’t but I’m going to go check for it.

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 01:43 PM

You guys are luck over there in the US as that wood here in the UK is SOOOO difficult and mega expensive to source. Grab a bargain my friend

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 03:34 PM

It could also be that they began to stock it as a test market and found they the usual clientel was not interested. So, they blow it out at a low price. I doubt most people on this site would have even thought of a box store for maple. That said, grab what you can use but I wouldn’t try to store it. You can’t bring a 3/4” board back to 3/4” by planing.

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 03:47 PM

Most of the quality lumber at Menards is wrapped in plastic and sold at a high price. For a long time, Menards has also been selling a lower quality oak (they call it “Random Oak”) at a very reasonable price (about $3 per bf). I’m amused that the quality stuff is prominently displayed and the random oak is sort of hidden in an out of the way location. With this lumber you have to be picky about which board you buy and you may have to work around a knot or two and you will have to machine it more.

The last time I was at Menards I noticed they now have random maple beside the random oak. It looks like it is pricing out to about $3.50 per bf.

The issue with maple is that there are many varieties. Silver maple (a.k.a. soft maple) is cheaper than sugar maple (a.k.a. hard maple). It can be hard to know which variety of maple you are looking at in the store.

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