Shipping Costs for Lumber & Wood
And tips for how to get your lowest shipping rate

shipping lumber for woodworkers

How Much Does Shipping Cost?

Shipping charges are provided by U.S.P.S. and UPS, and determined by the package sizes, weight, and destination of an order.

To find out what it will cost to ship something to you, add items to your cart and click "Estimate Shipping" to enter your zip code.

Several of our products include the shipping costs within the 48 U.S., or have a simple flat rate.

Tips For Getting Your Lowest Shipping Rate

1. Check Your Order's Weight
There are some sweet spots that provide better rates

You'll find the weight of your order on the basket detail screen. We show you that to help you plan.

70 lbs is the "magic" number:

  1. We split lumber orders into more than one package when they're over 70 lbs.
  2. A package that's as close to 70 lbs without going over gets the best rate-per-pound.
  3. An order that goes over 70 lbs gets a better rate-per-pound as it gets closer to 150+ lbs than it does 71 lbs.
  4. The highest (worst) shipping rates occur 1 to 5 lbs, and 71 to 79 lbs

2. More Wood = Better Shipping Rate
Most of the time...

Since wood is dense, heavy, and awkward, shipping a quantity of 1 or 2 (board feet, pieces, etc.) usually carries the highest shipping rate-per-pound. It's more economical to buy a medium quantity than it is to buy a small quantity of 1 or 2.

To see for yourself, add a quantity of 1 to your cart and check the shipping estimate. Then, change your quantity to 4 or 5 and run the estimate again. You'll see the shipping charges only slightly change with a higher quantity of wood.

The 70 lbs "magic" number mentioned before plays a role, too. If you go over 70 lbs, you'll get a better rate at (for example) 130 lbs than you will at 72 lbs.

Canada shipments: most lumber and wood packages are shipped by UPS.  Canadian customs and broker fees may apply at time of delivery.  These costs are not included here, and are not under the control of Woodworkers Source nor UPS.  Costs are charged by Canadian Customs and/or the broker.

How Fast do we ship, when can you expect your order?

Your order ships within 72 hours* of receipt in our warehouse, not including weekends.

*72 hour turn around: Our shipping team’s goal is to make you say, “Wow!” when you open your package of wood or lumber.  Therefore, it takes time to select and sort for boards that will meet your quality expectations and any size specifications that you’ve indicated.  Sometimes orders ship before the 72 hour mark as well.

The map below shows how long you can expect your order to take once it has shipped from our warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, if it ships via UPS:
*Other methods of shipping, such as US Postal Service, may vary in transit times.  Use this map as a guide, not the definitive rule.  No guarantees are made by this map.