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545 days ago

Im new at this so I need some help. Found some reclaimed lumber for sale at $1 a linear foot. The planks measure 10 ft x 4in and are 3/4 in thick. How is the price? Planning on using it to make an a coffee table.


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scvwood27

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#1 posted 545 days ago

Sorry about that. They are douglas fir planks.

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#2 posted 545 days ago

What kind of wood is it?
Linear foot is just that, a foot of however thick, so if you have a 4” board by 1 foot, you have one third of a board foot. So the wood is actually priced at 3$ a board foot.

That’s a good price for a lot of hard woods. Oak, walnut, maple, elm, I wouldn’t pay it for cedar unless it’s aromatic.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 545 days ago

That would be $3 per board foot. The cost of any wood varies by location. Last time I checked at the local home center I think fir lumber was about that cost here in Missouri.

Are you looking particularly for Fir, or just something to practice with? I find that I can purchase Popular at less than $2 per board foot.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 545 days ago

Check the local lumber yard for their board foot price on fir and see if it pays to get these others. Many times the lumber yard will sell fir cheap and have it planed and jointed all the way round.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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scvwood27

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#5 posted 545 days ago

Its distressed and I havent been able to find any distressed wood at the local yards.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 545 days ago

Seems a little pricey, but I am not sure where you are located. Distressing wood is easy (sometimes fun). $10 a board seems like it should be half of that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 545 days ago

Doug Fir is standard construction material (think 2×4s that they sell at any lumber yard). If you are looking for a bargain on this kind of wood, buy a few 2×4s, plane them down to 3/4”, and distress them yourself.

-- Kelby

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#8 posted 545 days ago

the price of joy

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 545 days ago

do it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#10 posted 545 days ago

the devil in your head is saying “is this a good deal”

your soul says yes

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 544 days ago

Find your local Re-Store (part of Habitat for Humanity) and visit it often. Some of them get in reclaimed lumber and in some places it goes pretty quickly (and cheaply). I never stop by without finding at least one bargain in the woodpile.

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#12 posted 544 days ago

sounds relatively expensive. Your talking a buck a foot for a 1×4. Generally soft woods like pine, dug fir run about the price according to width. As a general rule of thumb. 1×4 is .40cents a foot, 1×6 is 60 cents etc. Prices havent moved much thro the yrs.

-- Longovette@Roadrunner.com

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