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582 days ago

I found 300 bf of 16/4 rough sawn quarter sawn white oak for sale and the guy wants $6 a bf if I take all. I am in the northwest Pennsylvania area. Is this a good price?

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#1 posted 582 days ago

Depends if it’s dry or not, Call you local supplier and see how much there’s is a BF

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#2 posted 582 days ago

I know nothing about American wood priceing but jims correct the price depends on whether it’s kiln dried wet or air dried. Alistair

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#3 posted 582 days ago

It is dried. I can’t find anyone in my area to compare prices.

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#4 posted 582 days ago

I think it’s legit .

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#5 posted 582 days ago

QSRO—pay for the glam. You should expect near perfection showing the medulary rays. Look at each board. I bought QSRO in Oregon two years ago. It was shipped from Indiana. The mill had it marked for Stickley (Highly Regarded Manufacturer of Craftsman furniture). It was cut full measure (rarely seen today). It netted out at over 90% useful yield. It is the most beautiful WO I have ever seen. If you are in love there is nothing we can say. Price is reasonable but for a guy like me I’d be sure I was in love first. Steve

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#6 posted 582 days ago

Here is a good comparison chart for White Oak from the same region as you

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#7 posted 582 days ago

12/4 or thicker oak is much more expensive than thinner boards. I paid $8/bf for 12/4 red oak from my local lumber supplier, so $6/bf for quartered white oak is a pretty decent deal, for my local area. The northeast seems to differ pretty greatly in hardwood prices from the west coast, though, so YMMV.

Edit: I should say it was $8/bf for 12/4 FAS red oak.

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#8 posted 582 days ago

If you “need” 16/4 boards, and they are of good quality, it sounds like a good price. If you do not need the boards that thick, and have to re-saw and deminsion it, then maybe not so exciting.

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#9 posted 582 days ago

I’m from western PA. That’s a decent price, but I don’t think it’s a steal. We don’t see a whole lot of 16/4 priced out, but the smaller sawyers will cut some for you if you ask. 8/4 would typically be around $5.75 or so.

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#10 posted 582 days ago

4” think lumber will be a bit more. How wide is it? That will make a difference to. I would say $6 is ok, but unless its really wide, it’s probably not a steal.

You said its dried. Air dried or Kiln dried?

Condition makes a difference to. Make sure it straight.

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#11 posted 582 days ago

If your in NW Pa, find you a local Amish Sawyer. They charge rock bottom prices. I found one just west of Greenville PA in Oh. Another question to ask is are you willing to resaw 4” thick material? That would be a hassle and a half. Dried WO 16/4, 9’ long, 8” wide is going to weigh around 100 lbs.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#12 posted 582 days ago

I guess I assumed if you were thinking of buying it you had a use for 16/4. I wouldn’t pay that price AND resaw it. But that’s just me.

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#13 posted 582 days ago

My guy is at 3.75 for 8/4.

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#14 posted 582 days ago


That is almost a steal! I quartersaw white oak. 4” thick quartersawn white oak is the creme de la creme. I charge $5 – $6 per BF for 9/4 (2 & 3/8”) based on the amount of figure. It takes really big trees for thick quartersawn lumber, there can be a lot of degrade, and it takes much longer to dry.

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#15 posted 581 days ago

I’m jealous of all you guys! The only place I can get QSWO wants 7$ /bf for 4/4


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