September 3, 2008
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber quieted compared with the previous week as buyers digested recent purchases, and secondaries pushed to pare their inventories before the long holiday weekend. Prices were flat to mixed, with more items showing vulnerability but some also moving higher on limited supplies. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price held at $285, the high for the year to date. Secondaries were aggressive sellers, and rollers often undercut mill quotes by double digits.


  This Week
Aug 29
Last Week
Aug 22

Year Ago

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $285 $285 $285
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
280 283 259
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
368 368 340
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
185 188 237
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
318 312 260
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
255 255 260
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
430 435 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items

* The index is a numerical representation of market activity, based on a ratio of western sawmill order files to inventories. In computing the index, the data are compared with similar data averaged over the past five years.

Random Lengths

Source:, September 2008

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