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emart

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411 days ago

I need A LOT of hardwood for a corner cabinet a customer wants me to make but the cheapest i could find so far was poplar for $4.25 a square foot. I’m going to email some local lumberyards for quotes hopefully i can find something for less than that

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#1 posted 411 days ago

Where are you located. I am in Springfield, IL, and have about 3000 board feet of kiln-dried lumber that I knew as trees or logs. It was WoodMizered at 1-1/4 inches, stacked and stickered outside in covered level piles for over a year, and then either kiln-dried or dried in a dehumidified and sealed aluminum semi trailer. Then I had it kissed on each side by a planer and it is now stored in piles wrapped in plastic.
Norm Koerner 217-787-8795 About 10 species.

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#2 posted 410 days ago

I pay about a buck fifty for poplar, so, that seems extremely steep to me.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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emart

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#3 posted 410 days ago

I live in the seattle area. hardwood out here has to be shipped from other places usually so it costs a lot more than other places.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#4 posted 410 days ago

just as an example of how steep that is pine here costs $1.25 per square foot. though ironically i can get hardwood slabs for next to nothing but since i dont own a mill I cant utilize that as easily

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Purrmaster

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#5 posted 410 days ago

emart,

It’s at least as bad in the Portland area a bit south of you. I feel your pain. Even finding a hardwood supplier here is difficult. The price for poplar you got is pretty much what I’ve got.

With all the rainfall and lushness the Pacific Northwest has you’d think we have more hardwood available here.

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nwbusa

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#6 posted 410 days ago

I get western maple, birch, and alder for about $3 per bf. That’s pretty much what we get for hardwood in this neck of the world.

-- John, BC, Canada

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Ripthorn

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#7 posted 410 days ago

There is a place out in Tacoma that has hardwood for decent prices last I looked (couple years ago before moving to NY). I can’t recall the name of the place off hand, but it was something like pacific hardwoods or pacific lumber or some such thing. Woodfinder.com is your friend.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#8 posted 409 days ago

You think you have it tough, try getting hardwood in Canada at anything close to what you guys in the USA pay. Add in shipping to/within Canada, and USA prices look pretty damn cheap to anyone north of the 49th.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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