|Forum topic by HokieMojo||posted 07-16-2009 06:53 PM||1379 views||0 times favorited||23 replies|
07-16-2009 06:53 PM
I’ll be honest, I am really tempted to keep this a secret because I don’t want competition for lumber, but I’ll share anyway with the knowledge that:
I went to Home Depot the other day to buy a plumbing part. As I always do when my wife isn’t with me, I went to browse the lumber section in vain again (or so I thought). I’ve never found much of interest in the 5 yrs I’ve been looking except one quartersawn red oak 1×6 that has some nice ray fleck. when heading to the hardwoods, I noticed some 1×4’s in the pine section that were differently colored than the boards around it. Before I got close enough to ID the wood by its appearance, I saw a “1×4 maple” sticker.
I thought it was odd since they NEVER carry maple, but hey, lets go find out what it costs (no priceing stickers on the shelves). The guy at the register didn’t know the price and it wasn’t in the system so he sent me to the wood cutting station. I talked to a cool guy named Doug about some lumber he had collected over the years, but he couldn’t help either, however he got a mgr on the phone. After about an hr trying to get a price on a single board they made up a sku number for me and marked it at $2.10 per linear foot. Nothing to brag about I know, especially for a thin stick like this, but it was S4S and here is the kicker. a couple boards had some some cool spalting.
Nope, I didn’t buy those spalted ones. I didn’t talk it over with my wife first so I wanted to keep the purcahse under $20 because I’ve got an ugly habit of collecting lumber and not building NEARLY as fast as I buy. She is very understanding of my problem, but the truth is, she is right on this one. I settled on one 7 ft board. Tiger Maple. I’ll post pictures if you’d like later depending on peoples interest.
I doubt that I got a killer price at about $6/bd foot, but I think it was pretty darn good. I left two other comparable boards behind (again didn’t want to go over $20) and plenty of nice clear maple. I also learned that you can special order maple through HD if you wanted to. I don’t know if this will help the people that; insist that there are no sawyers nearby (maybe true) or that need surfaced material, or that want to stay in their HD comfort zone, but I thought I’d share. Again, let me know if you’d like to see a picture and I’ll post it this weekend if you are interested. I’d also LOVE to know your thoughts on the price of $6/bdft 4” wide curly maple. the only place I seem to be able to get this is online and those prices ussually run quite high, even before shipping.