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Kenny Dunn

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886 days ago

I called a potential new hardwood lumber supplier to check on their prices and they just told me market. I know there is a market report that they subscribe to, but is there a way to get these prices just for the average person without subscribing to anything?

-- I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free-Michelangelo


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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 886 days ago

Don’t be afraid to ask for prices directly.
The harder they make it for you to but from them, the less likely you are to.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 886 days ago

http://www.hmr.com/Public/Default.aspx is a great resource to start with

-- Norman

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HamS

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#3 posted 886 days ago

http://www.woodweb.com/Resources/RSLumberBuyingGuide.html
This is one place to see market prices.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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Kenny Dunn

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#4 posted 886 days ago

I did ask for a couple of prices and they were fine in giving them to me, I just asked for a list and they said they didn’t have one and just went by market price.

-- I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free-Michelangelo

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Kenny Dunn

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#5 posted 886 days ago

I think the hardwood market report that Norm listed is the main source for this info, but subscription only I am afraid (unless someone knows something I don’t). Lets post what we are paying for a few species/grades. I currently pay about $2.40 and $1.85 for FAS and 1C red oak 4/4, poplar $1.90 and $1.15, Cherry $3.90 and $2.70. This is in any amount, kiln dried and rough.

-- I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free-Michelangelo

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rance

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#6 posted 886 days ago

Market prices change daily. He’s just not wanting to tell you. Smells fishy. Not very sales oriented, is he.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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revanson11

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#7 posted 886 days ago

I purchased about 50’ of 6/4 oak today at Aitkin Hardwoods and paid $3.85 a board foot for select and better. The guys at Aitkin Hardwood are so easy to work with and always go out of their way to help you out.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#8 posted 883 days ago

Hi Kenny,
I checked the pricing on woodweb and find it is way off from my actual market. I sell my clear kd walnut for 1/2 of the wood price stated at $3/bdft, but it is only $4.50/bdft locally by competitors, my 8/4 kd red oak for 25% more than the market price, $4/bdft, and our clear kd 6/4 red oak for $3/bdft. I think you are better off getting a quote since some lumber suppliers are more than willing to send photos and ship stock. It really seems to be who you know, where you are located, and how much they want to move their stock.
Rich

-- "Big Timber is our Legacy" , http://eberlywoods.com

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