Got a question, if anyone knows the answer. Is $12.50 a board foot a good deal on Walnut?
WoodworkersSource.com is featuring a special on Walnut this month, and the 20 board foot pack will run me $250, shipping included (the “project packs” are sold at a flat rate, with $20 tacked on if you live East of the Mississippi).
My current local source sells D4S 3/4 thick Walnut by the lineal foot: 9 1/4: $12.85 per foot, 7 1/4: $8.15 per foot, 5 1/2: $5.80, 4 1/2: $4.75. My math skills aren’t that great, and I haven’t figured out the equivalent prices to compare the two sources to yet.
I don’t care about the lumber being dressed on all sides. It’s nice, but I find the time spent doing it by hand meditative. In fact, part of me feels a bit robbed of the opportunity to examine the boards and dress them myself (guess that’s part of what makes me a hobbyist, rather than a professional: I want to invest the time and work, not turn around product).
Because I don’t have a specific project in mind just yet, I don’t have a preference on widths and lengths, other than wider is better than narrower, and longer is better than shorter.
At the local source I’ll pick out the boards myself.
With the online source all I know is that the widths will be between 4″ and 10″, and the lengths will be between 4′ and 8′. I’ve placed two orders with them so far. The first order was for Soft Maple, and I received my 20 board feet in 3 boards. The second was for Cherry, and the 20 board feet was composed of 8 boards.
All things being equal, I’ll take the front door delivery over figuring out when I’ll have the car and making the trip to the local place.
What will make the decision very easy is if the price is cheaper online, and a fair price overall compared to places other than my not-so-affordable local source.