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Offline guitarstitch

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Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« on: April 14, 2020, 08:57:14 am »
I haven't bought much lumber over the years.  However, after seeing Jim's shop and recently acquiring some key shop tools myself, I decided to take a swing at making a few medium boxes.  (I'm slowly converting to an all-medium operation)

$13 FOR AN 8' 1X8?!?  Has it always been that crazy?  No, this wasn't some superfine highly finished plank.  This was a common board basic 1x8.

Now, I still saved money over buying new (5 boxes from 4 planks), and I gained a lot of confidence and experience with the table saw, compound miter saw, 90 degree clamp, and dado set.  However, I don't remember wood being so nuts!
-Matthew Pence/Stitch

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2020, 12:53:41 pm »
It?s the way it is here also. I can buy the boxes ready to assemble cheaper than I can buy the lumber to cut them myself. Tops and bottoms I can cut myself. 

I?m guessing you?d need to order in quantity to get a price cut on the lumber.

I still enjoy doing it all myself at times.

Building like hives like Father Michael?s and others who build hives that are more than just a home for bees is also something you can?t buy pre-made.

Kevin

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2020, 12:11:35 am »
> $13 FOR AN 8' 1X8?!?  Has it always been that crazy?  No, this wasn't some superfine highly finished plank.  This was a common board basic 1x8.

Sounds like Lowes or Home Depot prices to me. Try a lumber yard. I just paid $12.69 for 1x10 x14s at a nearby lumber yard and they load for you. Wood is of excellent quality. Straight and no bows.

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2020, 11:57:10 am »
> $13 FOR AN 8' 1X8?!?  Has it always been that crazy?  No, this wasn't some superfine highly finished plank.  This was a common board basic 1x8.

Sounds like Lowes or Home Depot prices to me. Try a lumber yard. I just paid $12.69 for 1x10 x14s at a nearby lumber yard and they load for you. Wood is of excellent quality. Straight and no bows.

Phillip Hall

Good call.  Home Depot.
-Matthew Pence/Stitch

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2020, 02:07:21 pm »
Priced some lumber here in Honolulu at Lowes a few weeks back.  Our prices are always higher than stores in the contiguous states due to the extra shipping incurred in barging everything over:

1x8x8 - $16.67

1x10x8 - $18.13

1x12x8 - $24.48
1x12x12 - $30.52


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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2020, 01:15:32 pm »
Priced some lumber here in Honolulu at Lowes a few weeks back.  Our prices are always higher than stores in the contiguous states due to the extra shipping incurred in barging everything over:

1x8x8 - $16.67

1x10x8 - $18.13

1x12x8 - $24.48
1x12x12 - $30.52

Now THAT is insane.
-Matthew Pence/Stitch

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2020, 09:19:11 pm »
About 5 days ago, at my local lumber yard, I bought five 8 ft 1x8s for $10.60 each. Lot nicer lumber than I can get at Home Depot. No cup and no twist.
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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2020, 02:13:40 pm »
About 5 days ago, at my local lumber yard, I bought five 8 ft 1x8s for $10.60 each. Lot nicer lumber than I can get at Home Depot. No cup and no twist.


Such a tease.   :wink:

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Re: Is it just me, or have lumber prices gone stupid?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2020, 03:30:56 pm »
About 5 days ago, at my local lumber yard, I bought five 8 ft 1x8s for $10.60 each. Lot nicer lumber than I can get at Home Depot. No cup and no twist.

Without the twists, how else are you going to build those art-deco hives for hipster bees?  lol
-Matthew Pence/Stitch