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So I want to make some new trim for our 1979 34' Sabre MKI. The first project is to mill some 5/4 inch quarter round for above the portlights, approximately 40 linear feet is needed or about 20 l.f. per side. I called my local builder supplier of high end wood for a piece of 5/4"x8"x10'. I figured it would be less expensive to mill the quarter round myself, come to my surprise that 10-foot board is $900.00 or at least that's what they qouted me. I couldn't believe it, is there another source for teak out there?

Also, they asked the question if I wanted dressed or undressed teak but I was shocked at the price I forgot to ask the supplier what the difference was between the two. What is the difference between Undressed and dressed teak?
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Dressed most likely means it's planed to a certain thickness, and at least one edge is straight and square (but not always) lumber people have a vocabulary that is like regional accents only they know what they mean.
A 5/4 X 10 board is really quoted on bd ft. 12" x 12" x 1" X 10 bdft = $90 a ft?? don't think so! that's a rip off . theres a co on Ebay that also sells to boat builders, ck the wooden boat fourms too. Suppliers will count on getting top $ when the buyer is uninformed.
You might consider a contrasting wood like ash. make your boat very "yachty" good luck
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You also asked for a board 8 inch wide. That may put the price up. It may be much cheaper to ask for what ever is available, i.e. 4 inch etc. if you are going to cut it into strips any way. Be prepared for your cutting tool to get dull very quickly.

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Dressed is dressed 4 sides. In this case it would be 1"x 7 1/4" finished. If you are making mouldings then you don't need dressed. The rough piece you are looking for would be 8.3 fbm. Should be able to buy for $35 bd ft max. and so price would be around $290.00.

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So I want to make some new trim for our 1979 34' Sabre MKI. The first project is to mill some 5/4 inch quarter round for above the portlights, approximately 40 linear feet is needed or about 20 l.f. per side. I called my local builder supplier of high end wood for a piece of 5/4"x8"x10'. I figured it would be less expensive to mill the quarter round myself, come to my surprise that 10-foot board is $900.00 or at least that's what they qouted me. I couldn't believe it, is there another source for teak out there?

Also, they asked the question if I wanted dressed or undressed teak but I was shocked at the price I forgot to ask the supplier what the difference was between the two. What is the difference between Undressed and dressed teak?
Where are you located ? I may be able to find you some teak as I am a retired lumber wholesaler.
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Teak is not cheap anywhere. (Know anyone in Burma? ) But the prices you were quoted seem way too high. 5/4 does make it more expensive though. Here's the prices where I am (Victoria, in CDN dollars at Westwind Hardwoods)
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Teak is not cheap anywhere. (Know anyone in Burma? ) But the prices you were quoted seem way too high. 5/4 does make it more expensive though. Here's the prices where I am (Victoria, in CDN dollars at Westwind Hardwoods)
I used to retail 5/4 teak to boatowners for C$22 mfbm on the east coast. Been out of it for four years now. Price of teak is probably up,but the Can/US exchange rate is much better today and so this should help keep prices down in Canada.
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Current exchange is .95 CDN to US dollar, so our $30/bd ft should be less in US dollars, not 3 times as much. Milling/dressing will add a bit but not that much.
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