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Blog entry by Chipy posted 05-01-2011 01:31 PM 1961 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my challenge…I live in Florida and lumber mills aren’t exactly dotting the map. Getting ruff cut lumber is near impossible. I have two sources for lumber one is Home Depot and the other I will not mention the name. Well Home Depot does not really count so just one. At this place where I am forced into a political debate over whether or not the Chinese are taking over the world I buy my lumber. Everything this guy stocks is S2S witch we would be nice if all the boards weren’t cupped or bowed sometimes both. After digging and lowering my standards for an hour (for 4 boards) I close the deal. It’s funny the price he quotes me is never the same as what I pay of course in his favor! I guess I am not conservative enough for his liking to get a fair price. A lot of wining I know so I will get off my soap box now!



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saddletramp

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 02:21 PM

It looks like you are able to do a fine job with your limited resources. That’s a great looking chest.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Tedstor

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 02:23 PM

Yikes. I’d locate another lumbermill within 250 mi of my house and make a quarterly road trip. I’d use home depot for small projects when 2-3 bf of oak or poplar was all I needed.
No way in hell I’d give a shyster like that my money.

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mightywombat

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 03:31 PM

What part of Florida are you in? I live in Orlando and I imagine I will start having the same problem once I start trying to source decent hardwoods for my projects.

-Ed

-- Make it, hack it, break it, fix it.

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nailbanger2

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 03:41 PM

I’ll echo mightywombat’s comments. Florida is a big state, if you want some help, you need to tell us where you are located. Or, if you’re just venting, feel free to do so.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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TomFromMiami

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 04:46 PM

I know of a few sources in Miami. Haven’t tried them yet, but soon…

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USMC6531

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#6 posted 05-01-2011 05:28 PM

I know the feeling, I live in Broward and wood may as well be gold bars since they cost about the same here. Still looking for somewehere where I won’t have to bring my machete to cut off limbs as payment!

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trimmer

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#7 posted 05-01-2011 05:34 PM

Triton Lumber is where i buy

6971 W. Homosassa Trail
PO Box 598, Homosassa, Florida, 34487
352-628-1400
Call Toll Free: 1-877-647-1400
Fax: 352-628-4060

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TomFromMiami

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#8 posted 05-01-2011 07:19 PM

Maybe we can locate enough s. fl. woodworkers to form an informal co-op? Then we could buy in quantity from somewhere out of state (or local if it works out) and obtain more reasonable pricing. Just a thought.

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Chipy

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#9 posted 05-01-2011 07:41 PM

Cool the SFWC South Florida Woodworkers Co-op I elect you president all in favor say I “I” All kidding aside it wood be neat pun intended.

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Howie

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#10 posted 05-01-2011 11:50 PM

Here’s a plan. Owing to the fact that gasoline is going up up up, how about we leave the lumber sit for a while?
When the suppliers start to get hungry maybe things will change.
I live in Florida too and around my area things are limited.

BTW Chippy, nice looking chest.

-- Life is good.

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signalhead

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#11 posted 05-02-2011 01:32 AM

Chippy, Nice chest and I hear you loud and clear about the problem finding affordable lumber in Florida.

TomfromMiami, When is the next meeting?

Howie, I second that, You can find a better selection going to Miami, Orlando or maybe Jacskonville.

Trimmer, thanks for the information

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TomFromMiami

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#12 posted 05-02-2011 01:18 PM

Next, uh, meeting? I seem to have stuck my foot in it. Again. :)

As for lumber dealers in S. Fl…

http://www.shelllumber.com/Shell_Lumber.html
http://www.genhardwoods.com/default.htm

Note: I have yet to purchase anything from these folk. I was referred to them by a local woodworker.

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venicewoodworker

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#13 posted 06-09-2011 02:44 AM

I live in Venice and have that problem also. I found Craftsmen’s Supply in Tampa. They have some goodproducts at fair prices. I like the Co-op thing. My buddy has a cabinet shop. He ordered some hard maple for me for a project. The stuff looked straight enough to work with when I picked it up, but once I started ripping the stock to size, they were literally twisting as they were exiting the rear of the saw blade on my table saw. I have been looking at places in GA to go to. If anyone is on the Gulf Coast, e-mail me. Maybe we can figure something out.

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Arlin Eastman

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#14 posted 06-09-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice Chest. Looks great and well make.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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