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    Sticker Shock

    Bought three pieces of wood last week. Talk about sticker shock. 5' x 12/4 x 5" black walnut ($180) 5' x 8/4 x 5" hard maple ($110), 3/4" S4S purple heart, approx 5" x 7' ($55) All told #65 with tax. So much for inexpensive Christmas presents.
    Tim in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas

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    Well, I may be in for a surprise. Headed to Fine Lumber in Austin soon to pick up hard maple for a double bath vanity. I am not sure how much but at those rates even a few small boards will be a fortune.

    If you are ever this way and have never been, Fine Lumber is a great lumber yard. There is a Woodcraft close by and a new Rockler store opened five or six miles north on I35.

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    That’s almost $30 / bd ft for the Walnut and over $25 / bd ft for Hard Maple??.....what sort of establishment did you buy these sticks from? Rockler / Woodcraft ?

    Granted 12/4 is always a premium but that’s about 4-5x what I’d pay for 4/4 or 8/4 walnut around here and over 5x the price of 8/4 FAS hard maple...and for short pieces.
    Still waters run deep.

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    Yes, unless you got something really special that seems way high for the domestic hardwoods and more than I would expect for purpleheart. What was the source?

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    8/4 walnut is $16.50 from my local supplier. No clue what 12/4 goes for but I'm sure it's more. 8/4 hard maple is around $7.
    John

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    Must be some really expensive freight charges added into those. None of those species grow in Texas, right?

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    You seriously overpaid. I'm in FL, which is about as expensive as it gets due to freight. 8/4 Hard Maple is $8.60/bdft near me. So $35 for that piece. Wherever you went, don't go back.

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    Its Alamo Hardwoods in San Antonio. Premium lumber is all they sell. Not many choices here.
    Tim in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas

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    We have a Woodcraft in San Antonio and wish we had a Rockler. Jealous since your Rockler just opened.
    Tim in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim walker View Post
    Its Alamo Hardwoods in San Antonio. Premium lumber is all they sell. Not many choices here.
    Tim
    I have had good luck with Dakota Hardwoods which is off of Perrin-Beitel close to where 410 meets I-35. Alamo always seemed pretty proud of their stock.

    John

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    The store I bought my PCS at sells hardwood but I haven't purchased any because of the price. I think cherry was $10/bd ft or more there last time I needed some. Cheap compared to the place the OP visited. Around here at least, cherry used to be cheaper than walnut but it isn't much different now. I buy from a different place, further away, where I can get it for about $5/bd ft. The boards at the expensive place are nicely planned but I prefer to plane it myself so all the boards are planned to the same thickness. I did not find that domestic hardwood went up last year when lumber prices skyrocketed.

    When I see prices like the OP paid, I just walk out and look some more. I haven't had to come back yet but I might some day. If I really need something and they are the only ones that have it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Dwight View Post
    The store I bought my PCS at sells hardwood but I haven't purchased any because of the price. I think cherry was $10/bd ft or more there last time I needed some. Cheap compared to the place the OP visited. Around here at least, cherry used to be cheaper than walnut but it isn't much different now. I buy from a different place, further away, where I can get it for about $5/bd ft. The boards at the expensive place are nicely planned but I prefer to plane it myself so all the boards are planned to the same thickness. I did not find that domestic hardwood went up last year when lumber prices skyrocketed.

    When I see prices like the OP paid, I just walk out and look some more. I haven't had to come back yet but I might some day. If I really need something and they are the only ones that have it...

    They didn't go up much around me last year but that all changed this Spring. I talked to the guy I buy lumber from and he said prices were increasing nearly every week during Spring and Summer, and that certainly has been reflected in their prices. Hard maple was less than $4 last year; now it's $7. Black walnut was $8 for 4/4, now it's over $12. Good grief I think tulip poplar was $4 the last time I looked.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Mitchell;[URL="tel:3156687"
    3156687[/URL]]That’s almost $30 / bd ft for the Walnut and over $25 / bd ft for Hard Maple??.....what sort of establishment did you buy these sticks from? Rockler / Woodcraft ?

    Granted 12/4 is always a premium but that’s about 4-5x what I’d pay for 4/4 or 8/4 walnuts around here and over 5x the price of 8/4 FAS hard maple...and for short pieces.
    +1. About $10/bf for walnut out here.
    Take me to the hotel - Baggage gone, oh well . . .

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    Rocker was 14$ b/f for walnut last week in ATL.


    Tim , was. Ben Dover your salesman at Alamo ?

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    A place in PA has their price sheet online https://www.hearnehardwoods.com/price-list/

    Plain (non-figured) FAS walnut 12/4 is 14.25 a board food. Your board is 6.25 should be about $90 unless it was 100% clear or had some cool figure or something in it to make it worth 30.00 a board foot.

    If you need a fair amount of wood, it might be worthwhile to have it shipped.

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