Starting Woodworking. #3: My trip to Lowes

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Blog entry by Haydar posted 05-20-2009 03:40 AM 1300 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my first post i mentioned that I couldn’t find any dimensional lumber at my local big box stores. Well now that I have learned a little bit it was easy to find the hardwood section.

I could see that they had Red Oak, Poplar, and something called whitewood? that looked alot like Pine to my inexperienced eyes. The had 6 or 7 racks of boards of various lengths and widths. The one thing I did notice was the price. A 6×6 x 1 poplar board (3 board feet) was going for about $23. That means it was $7.60 / board foot. That seems pretty high to me.

I have to say it was an interesting experience to go into the lumber section and not be totally bewildered.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#1 posted 05-20-2009 04:08 AM

May I suggest that you go to to locate a retail lumber supplier near you . 7.60 for poplar is absurd. Currently I can get 4/4 poplar ( rough) for 2 dollars / bd ft. Small lumber yards are hurting right now and need to move product.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#2 posted 05-20-2009 04:13 AM

Hey Haydar
That’s what you can get maple or walnut for. way over the top. Have you searched hardwood on line or in the yellow pages? If you want to see what some of the different woods look like hears a great web site

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-20-2009 04:14 AM

I would only buy lumber at a big box as a very very very last resort.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 04:15 AM


Hagerstown, MD- I’m right up the road in Chambersburg. You can get all of the wood you need at the Hicksville Planing Mill. It is only a couple of miles from you. I buy all my wood there. Great prices, Great selection. Just don’t be in a hurry when you go.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-20-2009 09:55 AM

Unfortunately, my two closest lumberyards have closed :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-20-2009 10:57 AM

I have paid for my jointer and planer twice in savings by buying ruff lumber rather than dimensional. Well worth the investment.
If I had storage space I would buy logs and have them milled that would save me even more but I live in the city and I am already pushing my luck with the neighbors.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 05-20-2009 01:10 PM

@lew. A couple other people also recommended Hicksville Planing Mill. Apparently that’s where my church gets any wood they need.

Yeah, I pretty much determined that I wasn’t going to buy my wood there after seeing the price. Even a newbie like me could see that the price was high.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#8 posted 05-21-2009 12:35 AM

Take a look at this one, I buy most of my wood from them.
EZ to shop and EZ to order and some items ship free.

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