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Thread: Douglas Fir pine Beam - 38.67 per board foot

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    Cool Douglas Fir pine Beam - 38.67 per board foot

    So, Just looking around for ideas on how to make a mantel shelf for my new fireplace and how to attach it. Came across this site.

    http://www.fauxwoodbeams.com/wood-mantels-arcadia.php

    For a 6"x6"X5' long douglas fir un-finished pine 'beam', they want $580 Thats $38.67 per board foot!

    Granted, they do put a channel in the back to allow space for a 2x4 so you can mount it to the wall.

    Gotta hand it to them. That's some kind of marketing!
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    Yikes! Pricey!

    Is it fir, or pine? Faux, or real?

    I guess if it's faux, and they have to *make* it, the price makes sense...

    If it's real, how long would it take to air dry something like that?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    If it's real, how long would it take to air dry something like that?

    Thanks,

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    1 year per inch, 6 years if you could get a mill to cut 24/4. I'm getting ready to use some 12/4 maple and I have to special order it. But it only costs me $9/bd.ft.
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    Oh from the pictures it's real. Cracks, knots and all, which is part of the charm I reckon, but still, $580 for just one little ole beam with a channel in the back...
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    I've got an 8x8 hemlock beam out in the barn right now, looks just like their picture but a LOT longer. I c'd sell you three hemlock beams (virtually indistinguishable from doug fir as a beam), shipped, for that kinda' money.
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    What I found really cool is the 48 60 and 72" beams are the same price. So that's 48.33 pbf for the four footer.
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    Well, sure, It always costs more to cut things shorter than longer
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    Seems to me you could go to any sawmill north of Boise and pick up a similar beam for well under $100.
    maybe http://specialtybeams.com
    or http://www.idahoforests.org/sawmills.htm
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    I can go over to the mill here and get a hemlock 6 x 6 8 rough for 18.72
    If I want it out of maple, white birch, or red oak it's gonna cost be 42 bucks
    Oh and Brent I had to read your post like 3 times before I got the 38 bucks not 38 cents
    Thinking to my self whats wrong with 38 cents a board foot. Sounds like a good price to me.
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    I was basically just researching the 'how' of actually putting the thing on the wall to come up with the best way.

    Looking at probably building something up. Just have to decide on the 'species' of wood I want. I don't think I'd consider buying anything from that company, but I did appreciate the installation options!

    I could have sworn I saw an article in a magazine one time that had a real nifty way of doing it, but danged if I can find it now...
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