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Napaman

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08-22-2009 04:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood sale wood prices question

Good morning…

This week I got a flier from Woodcraft saying the “Bay Area” Wood craft stores are going to have a “Project Stimulus Sale” on wood…since I have not gotten into too many quality woods outside of pen making I am not experienced with knowing how to buy wood—-and most importantly what are good prices…

The sale is over Labor Day Weekend…and maybe this is a national sale…so you may want to check…

The ad says:

“All wood #1 common or better. All 4/4 material, rough sawn. Max of 50 BF on day of sale…but you can get more if you pre-order.First come first served. Boards will be taken from the top of the pile (ie…you cant go through the stack for the best boards).”

Here are the prices:

Maple=$4.29bf

Walnut=5.85bf

Cherry= 5.85 bf

Afr. Mahogany= 6.49bf

Poplar 2.29 bf

So are these good prices? ANd what about the fact you cant look at the boards and reject them…that does not seem fair…unless these are really good prices…

I would love to start getting some nice woods…I want to make a series of cutting boards and a couple small tables…

Thanks for any advice…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-22-2009 04:52 PM

Looks about standard pricing to me.

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Napaman

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 05:07 PM

really…i just read the back of the ad and they make it sound like these are big discounts—-

“orig prices:

Maple=6.49 and sale 4.29

Walnut=8.99 and sale 5.85bf

Cherry= 8.99 and sale 5.85 bf

Afr. Mahogany= 9.99 and sale 6.49bf

Poplar=3.49 and sale 2.29 bf

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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lew

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 05:14 PM

This probably doesn’t help, and just for reference, but hard maple 4/4, rough sawn is just a little over $3 a bft. Of course, the location has to have a lot to do with it.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 05:18 PM

That price seems a little high to me. But I buy mine at the sawmill and I bought Maple for $1.00 BD Ft about 1 month ago. Really it was 420 Bd Ft for $300.00. I need to let it dry some at my shop.

If you can find a sawmill get it there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Napaman

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#5 posted 08-22-2009 05:29 PM

ok guys…bummer…

Maybe the real question is:

How much is a gallon of milk in your neck of the woods? I think we pay waaaaay too much in bay area…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-22-2009 06:12 PM

Here in Seattle our hardwood warehouse had some really nice Maple on sale for 4.29bf. Regular around 6.29. Large supply with many figured pieces.
Don’t remember the other prices.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Napaman

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#7 posted 08-22-2009 06:20 PM

oooh…so that is similar price…

milk must be expensive trhere too!! lol…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 06:22 PM

Keep in mind that its difficult for Woodcraft to give really good prices on wood. They don’t buy it in large enough quantities for the discounts to kick in. Sometime you do run into really good deals though; At the Jacksonville Woodcraft they had a whole bunch of Cherry Common and better that they got in a LARGE lot and where selling it at less that $2bf. That being said there where boards in there that where 8 – 10”’s wide and curly, you just had to pick through the pile to find the keepers.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 06:27 PM

Most of the wood that I’ve seen at woodcraft was stached against the wall and you could pick all you want. They must have more if they say pick it off the stack and from the top and no picking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#10 posted 08-22-2009 06:31 PM

here walnut is around 6 dollars so that looks good… cherry hits 8 so thats a good deal for here.. poplar is around standard… maples to high… and the african mahogany it high… id pay the same for 12/4… 4/4 is more like 3.50 4 tops

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Napaman

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#11 posted 08-22-2009 06:48 PM

ok…so clearly mixed results…i wonder if any bay area people know how these prices compare…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 08-22-2009 06:53 PM

We paid $1.44 for 1/2 gallon.

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Napaman

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#13 posted 08-22-2009 06:57 PM

you had me jumping out of my skin and then i realized you said 1/2 gallon…i thought——man…being in the arctic they must have no refrigeration costs…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 08-22-2009 07:04 PM

Napa….it also depends on the quality….here it appears to be pricing for dimensional wood? Probably of low quality…like the box stores perhaps? I would guess this is very low grade….I would bet they do not list the grading?

I’ve gotten so used to buying rough lumber that I hardly ever price dimensional….The dimensional woods from the box stores is always a hit and miss as they do not store them flat and they do not keep them dry. Then the problem goes to how much more processing you have to do to get a flat square piece…..since this is already processed once…you can’t lose much more of the surface without having to process the entire batch as you will need the wood to be uniform…

Considering all that…the price is not that great….unless you spend a bit of time picking through the stuff to get useable pieces…if there are such.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 08-22-2009 07:06 PM

I live in the bay area and have bought FAS grade cherry (which I picked from their pile) for $6/bdft with delivery. I have also bought black walnut at $3/bdft on craigslist. Buying lumber in Woodcraft and other lumber yards in the bay area is no good. Once you experience buying really good lumber at a decent price, you won’t even think of HD, WC or Lowes.

You might try googling for lumberyards near Napa. I recently heard of this place http://whitethornconstruction.com/hardwoods/ and that might serve your needs.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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