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SquintyPolock

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444 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question oak cost

Here is $265 worth of oak boards from HD.

1X12 $6.44/ LF ranging down to 1x2 $0.98/ LF. Then add Cook County sales tax @ 9.25% and I am crrying over the cost of this project.

Where can I find a cheaper source of lumber?

-- It's all in a day's work...


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 444 days ago

Craig’s list diligence. Plus, you may look to see f there are local hardwood dealers, cabinet shops or sawyers. Big box hard wood is scary expensive.

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 444 days ago

Craigslist can likely help. I would consider returning that wood and researching a bit further. I have found a couple local sources that offer hardwoods for far less than HD. It is generally rough sawn, but I think that adds fun to the project.

You could likely get that same species for half the money, especially if it is a species which grows regionally.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Dave G

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#3 posted 444 days ago

I drive 50 miles into New Hampshire to get decent hardwood selection about 1/3 the cost of HD (they have a shorts bin and occasional clearance sales on the shorts). Maybe Wisconsin offers that for you?

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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JustJoe

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#4 posted 444 days ago

You’re in Chicago and buying lumber at Home Depot!!! ???
If there aren’t any real lumberyards listed in the phone book, try searching here:
http://www.woodfinder.com/

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kdc68

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#5 posted 444 days ago

Buying from the big box stores is expensive…

If you have a jointer and/or a planer you are better off buying from a lumber distributer in your area…..You can buy S2S (surfaced 2 sides) for example, for about half the price of the big box stores ….Then you can mill to dimensions….

Here’s an example of price comparing of oak in my area

HD – 1×8x8 – $37.44
My hardwood distributer – 1×8x8 – $19.33

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Buckethead

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Ya… I just saw that he’s in Chicago too. Seems like there would be quite a few resources.

I found this on CL in about 12 seconds: http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/mat/3841297916.html

100 bf of 4/4 cherry for $3.00 per bf: http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/mat/3840329430.html

Same guy? Walnut for the same $3.00 bf: http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/mat/3784258533.html

I’m moving to Chicago! .... Errrr… No I’m not. :-)

Holy mackerel. I think I could become a Packers fan: http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/mat/3833747126.html

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 444 days ago

Find a hardwoods dealer. You would think that would be more expensive but they have better prices on random widths and lengths and maybe only one side straightlined. Do you have a menards nearby. They sell oak like you got at HD, but they also sell the random sizes with some knots for a lot cheaper per bf.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Buckethead

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#8 posted 444 days ago

Aaaaand here’s the Chicago white oak connection for $3.00 bf: http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/mat/3835364636.html

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 444 days ago

And Buckethead saves the day.

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RogerInColorado

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#10 posted 444 days ago

There is a guy here who gets his from a hardwood dealer in Desplaines. If I remember correctly, that is close to the windy city. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/50367 Go buy a jointer and a planer off of craigslist and discover saving money and having fun by buying lumber in the rough. You will pay for your hardware every time you buy rough lumber. You will also discover the joy of the freedom of casting off the chains of 3/4 inch lumber.

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widdle

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#11 posted 444 days ago

That first add looks like some great lumber, long drive..

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 444 days ago

A planer and jointer will pay for themselves much quicker than you think as there is a lot of rough cut lumber available: Craigslist,hardwood dealers,sawmills.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Loren

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#13 posted 444 days ago

Find the dealer the pros buy from. The place is probably by a railroad
track somewhere. It may have been in business 100 years or
more. You get the idea. They won’t have it all laid out
nice and may be a bit gruff, but they’ll treat you right in
the end.

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Dakkar

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#14 posted 444 days ago

It takes a lot of effort to gear up to it, but the absolute cheapest way is to cut, mill and dry your own. Once you do that you can get a pile of oak that size for free. As gfadvm points out, though, any amount of prep work you can cut out in the lumber acquisition process can save money. What you paid for is convenience. The more work you can put into the process, the more you can save.

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JustJoe

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#15 posted 444 days ago

Well that might be true if you live in a forest. In my little slice of heaven a full-grown mesquite bush will dull 27 sawmill blades to produce approximately 2.5 board feet of lumber, none of it wider than 2” and no straight pieces longer than 15”.

Edit: I should add that the nearest walnut/cherry/white oak/red oak/apple tree is probably a 13 hour ride…
There are quite a few lemon trees in the yards up in Green Valley however, I wonder if I can sneak out there and chop a few down while the snowbirds are up north for the summer….

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