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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: February 15, 2019.

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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

Sales of framing lumber slowed as winter took a toll on consumption across the continent. Snow in the Northwest and rain in California cooled off trading in the West, while the Upper Midwest, Northeast, and much of Canada were in the deep freeze. As mill sales slowed, secondaries stepped up efforts to sell from their inventories, and a two-tiered market was widely apparent. The quieter tone sapped upward momentum in prices, but the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price still posted a $7 gain.

  This Week
Feb 15
Last Week
Feb 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $377 $370 $500
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 410 417 527
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 471 465 609
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 302 300 595
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 422 405 553
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 405 395 550
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 815 810 740
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices shifted mildly amid minimal sales. Wintry weather cast a pall over demand across the vast majority of the continent, and limited open-market sales of OSB. Southern Pine plywood prices trended upward modestly during another uneventful, but steady week of trading. Lean inventories kept buyers in the market searching for small volumes to address emerging needs. Western Fir plywood mills struggled to sell a week’s worth of production amid a dearth of activity attributed to weather.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Feb 15
Last Week
Feb 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $377 $375 $523
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-405 375-405 520-565
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-415 380-415 525-570
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 379 378 544
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 215 215 385
*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

  • A seasonal supply-driven run in Southern Pine #2 2x12 prices is relatively common during the winter, but the current surge is especially strong by historical standards.
  • Similar to the South, prices in the West have bounced off a bottom since the turn of the year, but nothing has been hotter than #2&Btr 2x12.
  • U.S. Fir plywood producers are again selling CCX panels to Canada, despite a 10% tariff that last summer had nearly shut off all U.S. sales of CC north of the border.
  • Housing Indicators: Fourth-quarter data is still incomplete in the aftermath of the funding issue that shut down parts of the federal government. But much of the data that is in shows a soft ending to 2018.



Sunday, February 17, 2019


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