Layman's Lumber Guide Lumber Market Forecasts

Lumber prices change, either up or down, an average of 2%, $9 per thousand board feet, 37 weeks each year. 15 weeks remain unchanged.  The lumber market may seem complicated, however there are relationship imbalances between supply and demand that occur every week. 

These phenomena create massive opportunities for lumber producers, wholesalers, lumber dealers, wood preservers, component manufacturers, and builders.


• HISTORICAL...What has happened in the past under similar circumstances?

• CURRENT...What are the immediate influences?

• FORECAST...What is the most likely direction from here?

• STRATEGY...What is the best buying [inventory management] and selling [order bidding] approach

and WHEN should it be implemented?

Welcome to Layman's Lumber Guide Forecasting Suite

[Sample Issues on Archives Page.]


                                          •LUMBER MARKET FORECAST...weekly...complete lumber market forecast with one-year                                                        projections published Wednesday evenings.   Includes buying and selling strategies for the coming                                              week that profit from weekly price volatility.


                                         •LUMBER MARKET BRIEFINGS...weekly...abbreviated head start forecast published Sunday evenings.


                                          •LUMBER MARKET BLUEPRINT...once monthly...forecast with 30-60-90 day buying and

                                       bidding strategies, published the last day of each month targeting builders and lumber dealers.



                                             LUMBER MARKET HOTWASH... once weekly after-action review and price summary.

                                          [FREE PUBLICATION...a must for everyone interested in the softwood framing lumber market.]

                                          Published Friday evenings. (Contains Historical and Current Conditions Only...No Forecasts.)

Each publication contains buying and selling strategies that build an advantageous, un-level playing field with a seemingly unfair competitive edge...reducing lumber costs, improving inventory management and sharpening future job bids by anticipating price changes.

LLG's framing lumber forecasts projects the rise and fall of lumber prices with staggering accuracy.  Each is a reliable source for answers; for awareness...for additional profits on every transaction.

Working with commodity lumber prices since 1985, Layman’s Lumber Guide advises buying and selling strategies that beat the lumber market...with an average 85% accuracy.  

A completely independent publication, Layman’s Lumber Guide specializes in forecasting turning dates for the North American softwood framing lumber and oriented strand board markets.  We anticipate, up to one year in advance, the specific weeks during the year WHEN lumber and OSB highs, lows, hops, skips, and jumps will most likely occur. 

Layman's Lumber Guide-Lumber Market Forecasts contain weekly strategies for when to increase or decrease inventories; when to be aggressive or passive...weeks and months prior to significant price swings.  

Please continue browsing our website to learn more About publisher Matt Layman and visit the Archive page to see past issues.  Contact Us with any questions or comments you might have or submit your Subscription request.  

Begin with the FREE weekly LUMBER MARKETHOTWASH.  Send your request on the contact page.

Thank you for visiting Layman’s Lumber Guide. 


Product dimensions referred to herein do not imply actual net sizes, rather are commonly used descriptions of the products.


Mastering the lumber market requires "a plan" that
ANTICIPATES and EXPLOITS [profits from] price volatility.

• Manage Inventory Turns [having more or less lumber at the appropriate time]
• Correctly Bid Future Jobs [protecting profits in rising markets and securing jobs in falling markets.]  ​

"WHEN to make your move" is the Most Important Consideration

In Making Inventory or Job Bidding Decisions.​ 

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Softwood Framing Lumber & Oriented Strand Board
Forecasts, Inventory Management & Bidding Strategies