I’ve made a few things, a bed, my first raised panel cabinet, and so on with the help of the net, and a select bunch of extremely patient people here. My wood came from the local Home Depot or Lowes. This week I got three orders at once, a furniture quality box for keeping wood pellets for a pellet stove. A small computer desk, and a modern styled wall bookcase for lamps. The first two will be poly’d red oak the third is to be painted so I opted for poplar.
Good wood is expensive. Searching the net I found a couple of lumber suppliers within 40 miles of my place. The first had limited supply and was a really loose operation. The second was a huge warehouse of neatly stacked, and every type of wood I could think of. Planed, unplaned, 1/2” to 16/4. I stood there and looked up 20 feet at the racks of boards sticking out. The place let me pick over stuff and left me alone till I was done. The best thing is that the wood is nearly 1/2 the cost of the big box stores. Most of you know this already.
So, this little message is for those people like me, a relative newbie who discover things over time, slowly.
If you’re just starting out using real wood to make stuff, search the net for a wood supplier. Keep half your money and bring a hanky to catch the drool.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.