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Posted on Where do buy wood at? and best prices?

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 09:03 PM

Hopefully someone near Austin can give you a lead to a great supplier, but you typically will not get furniture quality wood at a big box store – there is just not the volume or margin in carrying it. BUT if you find a good local mill, you will have a friend in the business.

I do not buy anything locally as I have not found a tradesman I have confidence in, so I wait for one of my frequent trips to Chicago (6 hours away). My woodworking mentor introduced me to a great store – all they sell is hardwood, nothing else, not books, not hardware, not tools. And they know their wood.

A couple of the guys there are willing to spend an hour going through my list with me and picking out the right pieces. And they always give me a discount – they give any woodworking club member or student a discount. it is a place I buy with confidence and I always learn something while I am there. You need to find the Austin equivilent.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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