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Why buy it when you can make it! #37: Restock - Baby's first trip to the hardwood dealer

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 07-25-2015 08:18 PM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to restock on some maple today, so I told my wife that I was off to the hardwood dealer in the morning and that the kids were coming with me. I was fine with my daughter coming with me as it wasn’t her first trip with me. However this was a first for my son.

Upon arrival, my daughter knew what to do…head straight to the racks. My son was a bit confused.

Eventually, he got the hang of it and started calling out to daddy. I was looking for maple, but not 4/4

While I was busy pulling the boards I wanted down from the top rack, little miss and mister found creative ways to keep themselves entertained. I don’t know how to compute the board-foot price of these two wrigglers.

All in all, a successful trip (the first of many more to come) before we trekked on off to Woodcraft for their sale this weekend. Now that I think of it, my son over 1.5 years old. I suppose baby isn’t the right way to refer to him.

-- paxorion



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 07-25-2015 09:38 PM

Sounds like good times and memories. You need to take a piece of wood that you bought and make something for the kids with an included picture…like a box with a picture mounted in the lid. A way to keep the memory alive. You could put future similar pictures in the box.

My kids are grown but my son bought some pieces of exotic wood at woodcraft for me last Christmas. I was thrilled.

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#2 posted 07-26-2015 12:13 AM

Great story! Looks like alot of fun and memories.

-- Ben in Va

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Bigrock

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#3 posted 07-26-2015 02:55 AM

Where is your hardwood Dealer in Northern Va. ? I some have a very hard time finding a good Dealer here in the Richmond area of VA.
Thank You

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Bigrock

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 02:56 AM

Where is your hardwood Dealer in Northern Va. ? I sometimes have a very hard time finding a good Dealer here in the Richmond area of VA.
Thank You

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paxorion

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#5 posted 07-26-2015 02:23 PM



Where is your hardwood Dealer in Northern Va. ? I some have a very hard time finding a good Dealer here in the Richmond area of VA.
Thank You

- Bigrock

We went to Northland Forest Products. Their Troy VA location may be closer to you.

-- paxorion

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Bigrock

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#6 posted 07-26-2015 02:55 PM

Hi again:
I forgot to tell you how nice it was seeing you, a father taking his children with him when you were
Lumber buying. When mine were young they loved going with me. It was always a treat for me and surprised me what they learned to look for in material.
I forgot a couple of questions. I must have been sleepy at the time. Do they stock Quarter Sawn White Oak? How are there prices?
Thank You

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#7 posted 07-26-2015 04:01 PM

Nice trip with the kids. You are so lucky to have a store like that within driving distance.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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paxorion

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#8 posted 07-26-2015 08:51 PM


Hi again:
I forgot to tell you how nice it was seeing you, a father taking his children with him when you were
Lumber buying. When mine were young they loved going with me. It was always a treat for me and surprised me what they learned to look for in material.
I forgot a couple of questions. I must have been sleepy at the time. Do they stock Quarter Sawn White Oak? How are there prices?
Thank You

- Bigrock

To answer your questions:
  1. Yes I have seen quartersawn material there. Didn’t specifically look for it yesterday.
  2. Their pricelist is online. You can see the price list from the per store site. Here is the Troy VA price list.

-- paxorion

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playingwithmywood

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#9 posted 07-27-2015 03:50 AM

great lumber dealer to welcome your kids through the stacks and a good father to teach them about real life so young… I hope you can keep directing them away from video games and using their hands to develop real skills that do not involve looking at a screen

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