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Gary Fixler

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 11:58 PM

I’m in LA, west side (flashes Ws with hands ;), and we have:

Home Depot (5 main hardwoods in 1x thickness: red oak, birch, maple, poplar, and recently, alder), as well as Douglas fir (I’ve heard it’s scarce in Texas – how crazy), radiata pine (very light, pretty, delicate grain, not like standard “coffin grade”/knotty pine, and less yellow/more tan).

Lowe’s – Don’t know a ton about the selection here, but pretty similar.

Anderson Plywood – not huge, but a good size wall of plywood stacks on shelves – everything from walnut veneer to baltic birch, though the latter is the one ply they stock not in 4×8, but rather 5×5. There’s a room around back with 2 aisles with tall stands of 4/4 zebrawood, wenge (amazing to see it so huge), and several other common and rarer hardwoods. They have one little section in the front with unlabeled (I imagine they know what they are) 1-off boards that probably cost much more and are the pretty/rare stuff. It’s for contractors, so only open M-F/10-6, meaning I have a near impossible time getting there anymore with the new job.

House of Hardwoods – haven’t been yet, but they’re a little place with stacks of the exotics, like cocobolo, purpleheart, lacewood, etc.

Rockler – Not a big selection at all, but it’s really a woodworking products store. The back wall and some of the back of the right wall have some stands of things like cherry, padauk, bloodwood, zebrawood, mahogany, etc. Prices are probably high, though I’m not up on my S4S exotics. I recall a 1×8 about 8’ long of zebrawood being about $80+. I put it back :)

And then of course I find wood on the street all the time. I was just going out for a meal last night and passed a large Juniper tree a family cut down and piled as whole logs by the road. I stopped and talked to them as they got back from 4th festivities. They said another had died awhile back, and this one was dying, and to help myself. I took a respectably small pile this time. It’s pretty full in my yard, but I want to see how it handles on the lathe!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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