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Blog entry by sawdog posted 01-28-2008 05:11 PM 2410 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am just starting my first kitchen cabinet project and I am having trouble finding material besides my local Lowe’s and Home Depot.

I am looking for pre finished 3/4”plywood and cherry veneer also. Also 1/2” plywood material also.

I am located in Memphis, TN and would appreciate any help finding a source here.

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 06:45 PM

Someone posted in an earlier thread
I’ve already found 3 lumber suppliers in my area that I had never
heard of before.

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 06:51 PM

woodfinder is the way to go.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 06:57 PM

Yellow pages under wholesale lumber for your largest local city. Woodfinders didn’t find any for me with in 500 miles…go figure

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 07:09 PM

Ha! Good luck trying to find 9” thick plywood (3/4’) anywhere!

Just kidding…

Try looking HERE. All I did was go to MSN Yellow pages and search for hardwood in Memphis, TN. Just glancing through the results, it looks pretty promising. Start calling and asking around.

-- Ethan,

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Scott Wilson

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 11:25 PM

Sawdog, I am in Memphis too and I just joined LJ as well. I am also about to embark on a similar project. I went over to Interstate Plywood at 2495 Old Hernando Rd, zip 38106. It is just off Norris Rd where the South Leg of 240 makes the loop to I-55 going north to downtown Memphis. Mapquest it for details. They had just about any sheet good you could need, most of it on the shelf in stock. The also had hinges, edge banding, and quite a bit of other stuff. They were very friendly and helpful but it appeared that the “lion’s share” of their business is with pro cabinet shops and similar. Some of my home shop terminology didn’t translate immediately but they stuck with me and I got all the info I needed. Their number is 948-2711 but like I said, a trip down there so you can point and touch would probably be better.

I just finished the outside of my 16 X 20 shop last month and the electrician finished yesterday. I’m ready to insulate, wall it up, and set it up. I should be ready to start full-speed by spring. For the previous 15 years I have had to learn the hard way under carports or on sawhorses in the back yard. Can’t wait to begin to kick it up to the level most of these guys are at!

-- Scott Wilson - Bear with me, I'm learning!

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 08:05 PM

Where do you live? I am out at Lakeland. Remodeling 35 year old house on the Lake. I am restoring to the craftsman style era to the best of my knowledge. I am lucky, I have a pretty good sized shop downstairs and it works out pretty good. Have just finished rewiring and getting it setup, put everything on wheels to keep out of the way.

I too am in the beginning stages, I just got my grizzly contractor saw and jointer. I have most of what I need to process rough lumber and then take it on. The jointer has been a blessing. I have always been in the framing end and started this type of work a few years ago. I have make a couple of nice things but mostly making baby bear chairs which I sell for abut $200.00 and have been quite successful in production of Adirondack chars and selling them at $100.00 each. I sold 40 sets last summer.

My brother is in the hardwood distribution business. He mainly ships truckloads of green cherry, red oak and poplar out to his customers. He does handle a small amount of dried wood and I get most of my hardwoods from him.

I would like to get to together with Ya sometime and have a cup of coffee and compare notes, maybe help with your shop (ha) It would be nice to have a woodworking bud. My cell phone is 901-491-8305. Everybody calls me Waldo.

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Scott Wilson

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 02:14 AM

I’m in Memphis just a few blocks from the White Station/Walnut Grove intersection. I was never what you would call a “serious” woodworker and primarily used my dad’s shop for small projects. He hasn’t done much in the shop for years and neither have I. But turning 40, expecting our 3rd child, and moving into a house with room for a shop out back led me to decide to either carve out some regular time to re-kindle the hobby or put it away completely for the next 18 years or so. I’m trying the re-kindle thing first.

Our kitchen project will be sometime in the next year or so. This house was a fixer-upper so cash-flow is determining timelines at this point. I keep telling my wife that I can’t do the kitchen without a shop!

I’m also in the process of getting set up to process rough lumber. I have a good table saw and bench top joiner that can handle small pieces but I’m going to have to get a better jointer and probably a planer to really get going. I’m always up for a cup of coffee and Saturday mornings are pretty good for me. My number is 901-487-6494. Give me a call and we can meet up half-way somewhere. I would love to pick your brain about lumber. I’ve pretty much only used dimensional stuff up til now and I know I have a learning curve. Have you dealt with the exotic wood guy in Middleton, TN?

-- Scott Wilson - Bear with me, I'm learning!

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 03:21 AM

Man what a story,

I guess our Dads are the root of this evil expensive obsession.. Sounds like your story is identical to mine. Our house too, it is actually the house that my dad and I built back in the early 70’s. trying to pay as we go, getting ready to start the hall bath with arch ceiling over shower and trying my first arch trim out. I guess my word working is into making architectural moldings and panels, made all of my new door casing and trim. The Story about having to have a shop to get it done is the same line I gave mine!

up until 8 months ago I was using a sears 8” table saw that I used to seek out and play with whit I was 5 or 6 years old Now my proud tools are grizzly contractor, grizzly jointer with a 6 ft. bed. I have a Rigid table top planner a couple of years ago, delta band saw, Jet mortise machine, and table top sander. I just found a Freud router portable router table with the micro adj. Super deal 199.99 for 99.99 at Lowe’s in Russelli, AR. I will add this to my table top.

I don’t know anything about him but I will ask my brother about him. My brothers company is West Tennessee Lumber in Adamsville, Tn just a few miles from Middleton, he knows everybody in the hardwood lumber business.

Wife is getting the Lasix surgery tomorrow and has to go back Sat am for checkup maybe this Sat. I will give you a call.

Oh, do you have any brothers Steve and Stan?

I will give ya a call tomorrow night when I find out what she is doing.

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Scott Wilson

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#9 posted 02-15-2008 08:22 PM

Those two are my brothers but did you have to tell everybody?

-- Scott Wilson - Bear with me, I'm learning!

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