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Posted on Horrendous first trip to lumberyard

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 05:57 PM

The only rough lumber the hardwood dealer around me carries is red oak. That’s it. Otherwise it’s all S2S or S4S. I’m sure you can find rough in some places, but it seems to be hard to come by in metro Philly. What bites about that is the surfaced lumber I get is no where near straight and true. There’s no way I could use it as is, without jointing and planing. To add insult to injury, when I buy 4/4 S2S, which is 3/4”, I end up taking at least another 1/16” to an 1/8” off the thickness of it to get it flat and parallel. If I want to yield a true 3/4” part I have to start with 5/4 stock. I usually end up just using slightly less than 3/4” stock.

From what I’ve seen I can’t imagine a cabinet shop using stock straight from one of these dealers. I’m sure the order from the same mills as the dealers and get what they need, rough or properly finished so they can use it off the truck. I’d be curious to hear from some pro’s on how they work it.

I wouldn’t write off the place you visited just because the guy is a jerk. Did they have a good selection? Good prices? Is it worth going way out of your way to get rough? You’re not buying their advice, but their lumber.

The guy at my place thought I was mental for building a real workbench. Nice guy, but made it perfectly clear I was wasting my time and money. His opinion; it didn’t hurt me. They have a decent selection and deliver to my place for free, so I use them and deal with the parts I don’t like. If I had a truck to transport my own, and space to store a large load, I’d drive further for more selection and better pricing. Sometimes you have to pick you poison.

-- John

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