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Alexandre

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 02:02 AM

If you want to shop for the Hardwoods(Maple, Ebony, Ash, etc)
DO NOT BUY AT The big box store (HD, Lowes etc)
Their boards are usually shrink wrapped and bear a high price.
Looking at their your sawmills prices, Their lumber is mainly Green
Are you planning to dry it yourself or do you want dry ready stock?
Those prices are pretty good compared to a lumberyard in my area: forloversofwood.com
Although, My lumberyard has quite a exotic amount of species.
Ehh, Your shops milling service seems pretty high… Mine is just $20 for 15 min and yeah.
If you have a planer and maybe a jointer, it would be more worth it planing and surfacing the board yourself.
You should do this:
Go there, and ask for advice, have a list of the woods you want
It seems okay to have a few BF to get surfaced there, although it is more worth surfacing it with a planer, and
a jointer really isn’t needed, You can find ways to flatten them, on the bandsaw or table saw or router table or ROUTER or planer with a few simple homemade sleds.
$1.45 +35c (for drying) is a pretty good price for rough Maple and the prices are pretty good, well because its a sawmill which mills its own logs, not a lumberyard which buys from a sawmill and yeah.
Do you have a planer?
If so, Buy rough stock,
Don’t you have that $300 in Lowes credit, get a planer
A good planer, maybe a Dewalt 735 or something.
for me, I dont need a jointer, although if I had the space, and the money, I would go for a grizzly jointer/planer.
A tip of advice, When you have your stock and you are marking your cuts, mark your cuts for the maximum in every board.
Hope this helps

Alex

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