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Forum topic by handsawgeek posted 09-10-2015 02:08 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2015 02:08 PM

I visited the lumber area at the local Home Depot yesterday, where I encountered a cart sitting in the middle of the aisle with some wood stock that looked much different from the usual. A closer inspection revealed it to be walnut!

I flagged down an Orange Shirt and he told me “Yes, we are starting to carry walnut and hickory. It’s just on the cart here because we haven’t cleared rack space for it yet.”


-- Ed

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#1 posted 09-10-2015 02:27 PM

Mine has walnut and mahogany as well. Stupid expensive, though. Like almost $20/bdft for walnut.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 03:02 PM

I’ll have to keep an eye out at ours. Like jmartel said, I’ll be curious to see how ours is priced. I don’t buy hardwoods from ours anyways, but even their soft maple works out to about $9+ per bdft S4S.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 08:05 PM

I totally hear ya on the BORG pricing. The only time I ever buy any hardwood there is if I need a piece for a project right away, and don’t want to drive the distance to the nearest lumber dealer.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 01:35 PM

I haven’t seen anything this ‘exotic’ in our local Lowe’s. I’d be excited if ours carried 4’x8’ sheets of birch plywood. Yeah, we don’t even have that. :(

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 02:41 PM

Menards was charging something like $6 per lineal foot for 6” wide maple. I don’t think I’ll buy any lumber from big box anytime soon. They’re about 3-4 times the cost of a hardwoods dealer. Don’t forget about local sawyers. They’re all over the place but you have to search hard to locate them.

-- See my work at and

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 02:45 PM

Just because it’s from the big box stores does not mean it’s cheap. I’ll stick to buying my lumber rough from a hardwood supplier. That way I can be assured that the lumber I eventually end up with will be straight and true.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#7 posted 09-14-2015 03:41 PM

My favorite yard closed it’s doors back in May after 110 years in business and their selection of woods was exceptional and their prices were reasonable. I need to find another source as good as that but it may be difficult!

I have never bought any project wood from Home Depot or Lowes. I did buy some from Menard when I lived in Illinois.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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