Im not sure if anyone here needs this bit of info, but I found it interesting after crunching the numbers, if my numbers are correct ofcourse.
Ive priced hardwoods around here. Thats Long Island, NY.
Im going to use Red Oak as my example because thats what I just ordered.
Home Depot-difficult to find any red oak thicker than 3/4 inch, Lowes doesnt carry anything thicker. But, they both have similar prices.
HD approx 2 bf, cost me 20 dollars for 6/4 x 3.5 inches wide(2x4)48 inches
Its all S4S, which I need since I dont own a planer and straight edging rough stuff, well, not too good at lumber preparation at this point.
Lumber yard-selection in 6/4 is very poor,at least for long and wide pieces, which I found a bit troubling. and its all rough, so I have to pay for planing, straight edges, and that puts it small amount over home depot prices, but not much more.
Seems once you jump over 4/4 lumber, the price shoots way up.(especially if you want wide boards, like a 10 inch width)
Internet company-approx 8.50 a board foot, S4S, 6/4 by 9.5 inch width.
Shipping to me, I chose a company closer to the north east, ran 28 bucks.
This is an expensive proposition, but until I figure out how to get thick wide hardwood cheaper, Im stuck.
After I crunched all the numbers, I bought the wood from the internet company.
It came out to approx 5 dollars more, with shipping, since locally, I have to pay sales tax which is over 8.5 %.
So for the 10 board feet I bought, it worked out 5 dollars more, but, I didnt have to drive anywhere, and since gasoline is at over 4 dollars a gallon, I figured I might be ahead a few pennies.
The lumber came right to my doorstep, it was packaged carefully, and it was a beautiful piece of lumber.
I think Id pay 5 dollars for any huge piece I buy that saves me tons of time, gasoline money, and is put on my doorstep for me.
Just sharing this experience.
Please dont tell me how inexpensive red oak is near you, Im already fighting myself over these prices.