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How to Save on Shipping Costs

Free Shipping Bonus!

Earn free shipping when you accumulate $1000 in purchases from us within a calendar year, whether in one order or multiple orders.

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Saving money on shipping costs is easy to do, and comes down to making considerations regarding:

  • Quantity of products / bulk purchasing
  • Package size and shipping method
  • Free Shipping programs

In general, the more weight you ship the better shipping rate is. Shipping 50 lbs will cost less per unit to ship than 10 lbs. A couple of examples:

Sample item and quantity

Sample shipping cost to Zip Code 95122 (San Jose, CA)

5 board feet  Red Oak (approx 16 lbs)

$10.51

20 board feet Red Oak (approx 65 lbs)

$27.72

 

 

1 sheet 2x8 Maple veneer (approx 5 lbs)

$15.00

5 sheets 2x8 Maple veneer (approx 25 lbs)

$20.62

You can see that your shipping dollar goes farther when shipping 20 board feet rather than 5 board feet, and when shipping 5 sheets of veneer instead of just one sheet.

Extra good news:  we have discounts* on lumber 100 board feet; discounts on veneers at 5 sheets.

  • 100 board feet discounts are 25% off list
  • Veneer discounts are 20% off list for 5 or more sheets. 

You can mix wood types to reach the thresholds to get the discounts on all woods.  Woods that are on sale/special have a different discount schedule. 

Bulk Shipping and Long Lengths
Long lumber lengths (8’ or more) are best shipped in quantity by truck freight.   As a rule of thumb, 100 board feet or more ships at a better rate by truck freight, and there is no additional handling fee for lengths longer than 60”.  We can ship the longest material we have (often 14’ to 18’) through this method. 

The longest lengths we can ship by UPS is 8’, and long packages (60” or longer) incur a special handling fee by UPS.
 
Saving on shipping with Craft Packs and Project Packs:
Take advantage of our Project Packs and Craft Packs:  the price of these packs includes hand selected lumber that’s planed smooth on 2 sides, and – most importantly – includes shipping within the 48 U.S.  

When you purchase multiple packs, you’ll get a 10% discount when you purchase 3 or more packs as well.  Each pack can be of a different wood.  For instance, get a total of three packs: one of Ash, one of Cherry, and one of Purple Heart, and they all get the 10% discount.