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12-18-2012 08:17 PM

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 12-18-2012 08:44 PM

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 12-18-2012 08:48 PM

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 12-18-2012 08:50 PM

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

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 08:50 PM

I think it’s legit .

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 09:14 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:14 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-18-2012 09:34 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:37 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:40 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:40 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:51 PM

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 12-18-2012 09:53 PM

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 12-19-2012 07:00 AM

My guy is at 3.75 for 8/4.

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 12:57 PM


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.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#15 posted 12-19-2012 03:33 PM

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

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