Advice on buying pre-cut Lumber

Old 11-15-10, 11:53 AM
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Question Advice on buying pre-cut Lumber

I do not have a saw, and would like to know what the best option for getting pre-cut lumber is. I looked at lowes and home depots websites and they say that they do pre-cut lumber as a service. I don't know how much this service costs, and I am not sure how I would even go about ordering it.

If you have ever ordered pre-cut lumber, where did you get it, and how much of a hassle was it? (pricing?)

Thanks for your help, The specs for my project are below:

A 2 2-3/4 x 5 x 35-1/2"
B 2 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 23-1/2"
C 2 1 x 3 x 51"
D 2 1 x 4 x 51"
E 1 1 x 2-1/2 x 51"
F 2 1 x 2-1/2 x 17-3/8"
G 2 1 x 3-1/4 x 17-3/8"
H 1 1-1/2 x 3-3/8 x 17-3/8"
I 22 3/8 x 1-1/2 x 6-1/4"
J 14 3/8 x 1-1/2 x 8-3/4"
K 6 3/4 x 2-1/4 x 54-1/2"
L 2 1 x 4-1/4 x 20-5/8"
Old 11-15-10, 12:05 PM
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Likely with the extra cost of getting the lumber cut you could buy a saw. You can get a name brand circular saw for about $50 with a blade.
Old 11-15-10, 12:17 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

You need to realize that lumber comes in pre-determined dimensions. HD and Lowes and the like will cut it to length....but if there are numerous cuts they may start charging $.50 or so each. They also will not be as accurate as you may need (at least they won't guarantee it).

Lumber commonly referred to as 2x4, 2x6, 4x4...etc, is about 1/2" smaller in all dimensions. If this is a pre-drawn should use standard lumber. If you designed it from should look at whats available and modify (if you can) as necessary.

A power saw for cutting to length can be had as cheaply as $25...hand saws even less.
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Call all the places that do this and ask for a price

I view this as reason to buy a saw, but that's just me....
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Sounds like I am going to buy a saw. Thanks for the quick help!
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I couldn't imagine not having a skil saw [or most of the other tools in my shop ] Unless you'll never build anything again, you'll not regret buying a saw. Don't just look at price. The better ones will have a higher amp motor. Pick the saws up and see how they feel, you want a saw that fits comfortably for you.

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