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I crapped my pants buying wood on the weekend.

 An eight foot  "Two by Four" is $9.20 here with tax in.  And we are surrounded by trees in Canada!

 

I'll build next year.... what are prices where you are?

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On the Lowe’s website
Ranges from 2.98 to 6.31 for a 2x4x8 based on the type of wood used it looks like


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The Toronto Globe & Mail newspaper recently ran an article in which these high lumber costs were blamed on a pandemic-driven surge in home renovations.  Curiously, about a week later the same newspaper ran another article which said that a major mill on the Canadian west coast was temporarily shutting down because of an absence of demand.  I drew these apparently conflicting stories to the attention of the newspaper but never got a reply.  Thrown into this mix is the longstanding and ongoing battle between Canada and the US over the extent of protective duties imposed by the US on imported Canadian softwood lumber.  It's my sense that there's a lot of planted story-telling going on here as part of various parties' attempts to manipulate things to their benefit.

Here in central Canada, an 8' length of 2x4 is currently selling for Cdn$6.15 (that's $6.95 tax-in).  If you're being charged 32% more than that in Atlantic Canada, it looks like a regional premium (which may depend very heavily on where your regional mills are finding their best market opportunity at the moment -- my guess being the U.S. northeast).

SteveJ's report of US$6.00 sounds about the same as your NS pricing (converts to about Cdn $8.00, or Cdn$9.00 tax-in).

One local lumber-department price that did catch my attention last weekend was that for a 10' strip of half-round 3/4" molding (plain, unfinished).  About Cdn$12.00 !

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Thanks all!  WOW it is variable but high.

I last bought 2X4 in Jan or Feb ~ $3 each.    And in 1993 when I built a house at $0.99....

 

Tyvek/Tuck tape was ~ $7/roll in 93 and it is now ~ $11/roll.  Nice to see some things less than 900% price jump!

 

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$6.25 CAD in Calgary for a spruce 2x4x8'  at Home Desperate. 

Was hard to even buy fencing materials this spring. Everyone was building something while stuck at home.

This just in, Lowes has fake Spruce, (white wood!) SUDS (not studs).

Wonder where they get it from...   C h i .....

 

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Depends on what you're going to build.  Stud grade material is not so bad but if you go for the Douglas Fir #2 grade, it's going to be a bit more expensive.  I've found wood can vary in price just like petroleum.  

Some 2x4 white wood here in Seattle is only around $3 a stick.  A bit more if you want it kiln dried.  Wet lumber is always the cheapest but again it depends on what you're building.

 

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Lumber prices are crazy right now and have a serious impact on me and my business. I really don't know how you could bid projects and protect yourself from these crazy prices. I saw an article a while back that estimated the typical framing package has increased by $12k from just a few months ago!!

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I’m in the business too, I can confirm that the prices have jumped More than 100% since spring. I was very fortunate to buy my lumber for my personal barn conversion to garage/workshop in the spring otherwise it would have cost me double in August when I really did it ?...  A 11$ osb 4x8 sheet in spring is now 23$ the last time I checked.

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Very jealous...  I miss having a garage for my Z to work on it.  Would be better to have a nice shop like that one...  nice work!

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19 hours ago, ZCarFever said:

I’m in the business too, I can confirm that the prices have jumped More than 100% since spring. I was very fortunate to buy my lumber for my personal barn conversion to garage/workshop in the spring otherwise it would have cost me double in August when I really did it ?...  A 11$ osb 4x8 sheet in spring is now 23$ the last time I checked.

here is the almost finished project that I will finish during the cold winter months!...DE4530D2-4E60-485F-B7D4-C3D7F81A1A9A.jpeg

D2EDE6A6-7544-482B-B6C0-45BF5B3483B3.jpeg

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7092DE15-C020-4F63-808E-A9C1255E8641.jpeg

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Good looking shop!

I like the mini-x. I've been shopping for one of those

The glass doors on the end are a good idea. No flack for not having rails at those openings?

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@Patcon

Tks, yeah you definitely need one of those, I got a 2020 U35, it’s never big enough!! But it fits the 13’ high ceiling clearance so I wont get any bigger.
 

Glass doors; I needed natural light for the 2nd floor workshop, that was the best way, there is one on both ends. I will add some sliding guardrail, just not finished yet!!
 

Lifts will come in later so now I will be able to restore my ‘70 in-house and store the ‘73 for the winter ?

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@siteunseen since the last photos a lounge area has been strated... table, chairs, curio cabinet and yes there will be a bar fridge, sofa and a hideaway bed??? hehe...

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Of course, a big screen will be added.  My garage has a modest 22" TV on a swivel wall mount and an Intel ComputeStick to access video over the house WiFi network. 

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