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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: August 15, 2014.

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Random Lengths Lumber and Panel Market Report

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This report contains brief excerpts from our full 12-page newsletter, which includes prices of more than 1,600 lumber and panel items, plus detailed summaries of market activity. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Traders had a mix of feelings about the framing lumber market, but sales overall were steady to active in the field, and the overall tone was bullish. Activity among producing regions was mixed, as well. While the buzz from the previous week died down in western species, upward momentum intensified in Southern Pine, with many traders noting that demand was unusually strong for mid-August. Eastern S-P-F also picked up. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price marched $6 higher, to $398.

  This Week
Aug 15
Last Week
Aug 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $398 $392 $354
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 363 359 328
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 450 446 417
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 347 312
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 478 462 368
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 375 370 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 685 655
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading drifted. Sales and price trends were a mixed bag in OSB. In general terms, the farther south the mill, the better the sales prospects. Sales of Southern Pine rated sheathing dragged, and some mills quietly opened to discounts to extend order files. A few producers had loads available to ship the week of August 25, but most were booked into early September. Western Fir plywood sales were mixed in an uneven week of trading. 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 15
Last Week
Aug 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $410 $410 $386
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 477-515 482-520 395-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 480-525 482-530 403-430
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 521 524 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 215 210 252
*Weighted average of 11 key items




Industry News In "Through A Knothole"

Below are headlines of recent articles in the "Through A Knothole" section of our full 12-page newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the industry, including production/price trends, market analysis, trade issues, timber supplies, and much more. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

This Week in the "Through a Knothole" Section of Random Lengths

  • Production trends have resulted in a wild swing in prices of green vs.dry Douglas Fir #2&Btr 2x4.
  • The ongoing struggle to find enough trucks to haul wood products has some producers looking at acquiring or expanding their own fleets.
  • Market share of radiant barrier OSB sheathing is expanding in California, Texas, and the Southeast.
  • U.S. Housing Indicators: Sales of new and existing homes mostly trended up in the second quarter, while housing starts and permits faltered in three of four regions.
Thursday, August 21, 2014


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