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DrewM

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03-11-2010 02:36 AM

I’m just getting started in woodworking and was wondering where I should go to purchase various hardwoods and sheet goods in northern Delaware or possibly southeast PA? The big retail stores don’t have the greatest selections and the sheet products aren’t the best. Thanks a lot.

-- Drew, Delaware


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#1 posted 03-11-2010 03:00 AM

Drew, Google “Hearnes Hardwoods” in Oxford, PA if that isn’t too far from you. I don’t think they have any sheet goods, but an incredible selection of hardwoods. Problem is that most is rough lumber so you would need to joint and plane it or have them do it. Call lumber yards in your area for sheet goods. Call a few because things like Baltic birch are a lot different in price depending on where you go.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 03:56 AM

Yeah I’ve heard of Hearnes Hardwoods. Oxford isn’t too far from me and I plan to make a trip out that way one day. As for sheet goods I haven’t had any luck locating a place to get higher grades of plywood. A friend of mine has expressed interest in commissioning speaker cabinets through me and I’d like to locate a source that sells bulk sheets of MDF at better prices then HD or Lowes.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 04:58 AM

OK, I get my MDF at HD so I don’t have any suggestions there. If he’s paying for the cabinets who cares if the whole sheet was $20 or $25? Just a thought. Around West Chester is Bradco Supply and J&L bulding supplies that will get plywood in for you. I’m sure there are other places around. Be prepared to pay $85 or more for a sheet of Baltic birch.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Skalizar

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 04:58 PM

I found this place, but have not investigated beyond their web site. They are a wholesaler, so I’m not sure if you can buy single sheets or not.

http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/general/gdealersprint.aspx?id=525

-- Ron -- Bear, DE

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 10:34 PM

Drew,

You might want to try Industrial Plywood in Reading PA. It is an easy commute, maybe a little over an hour to DE. They have a good selection of cabinet grade plywood.

http://www.industrialplywood.com/

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 10:59 PM

Hearnes wrote a nice article about identifying grain for Wood mag’s online newsletter. I’ve never been, but I’d like to go. I was in Delaware last summer visiting family and did a googel search for wood-related businesses. Although this isn’t Northern Delaware, Chesepeake Woodworker Sales in Millsboro, which is south of Dover, was great. Really nice folks, and they are getting into offering classes, along with lumber and tool sales. There URL is http://www.cheswoodsales.com/index.html

There are a variety of qualities of MDF. What they sell at HD isn’t the good stuff.

-- Glen

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 01:52 AM

Glen – how do you judge the quality of MDF at HD? Are you basing it on weight per sq ft or something? I have never had any problem with HD MDF and am wondering how it could be any better. It’s always perfectly flat, consistant density and holds an edge or routed profile fine.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 05:04 AM

I see your fairly local to me . You may want to drive on up to Boothwyn Pa , right off Rt 452 you’ll find Delaware County Supply . They have a huge selection of domastic hardwoods and some exotics . Prices are pretty good ,some things are cheaper else where .
http://ww2.truevalue.com/dcsc/

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 03:40 PM

Jerry I’m going to stop by Delaware county supply today! Its close to my house, thanks for the tip.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 12:10 AM

Went to DCSC today and boy was I glad I made the trip. Great selection of hardwoods there and the people seemed nice. They provided me with a current price list of the woods and plywood they had in stock. Thanks again Jerry.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 02:59 AM

Drew
No problem glad I could be of some help . Like I said some prices are good some high but they have a huge selection . I can spend a few hours there roaming from building to building . My only grip about the place is prices aren’t displayed . At least you mangaed to get a list out of them . Did you come home with any wood ?

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#12 posted 03-15-2010 06:41 PM

Hi All and Jason,
I’m no expert on mdf, but I’ve read that there are different grades. I buy the stuff at HD too, and I use it for all sorts of shop projects without problems. I’ve also seen it at places that sell high end plywood for much higher prices. Here’s a link to a site that discusses using MDF, athought it isn’t specific about grades.
http://www.woodcentral.com/bparticles/mdf_faq.shtml

This site has more technical information about grades of MDF. The thing I took from the article is that standard grade MDF is OK for most shop and furniture applications but manufarcutrers have been able to improve the product and sell grades that are denser or water resistant.

-- Glen

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 10:26 PM

DCSC lists as having these different types of mdf in stock. 1/4”-4×8 Regular MDF, 1/2”-49×97 MDF (fiberboard), 3/4”-4×8 MDF Regular 45LB, and 3/4”-4×8 MDF superior 48LB. Not sure what the weight ratings mean but there are clearly different grades of it. I didn’t get a chance to compare it what I have gotten from HD since the weather the day I went was terrible. On my next visit I will take a look.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#14 posted 03-22-2014 03:42 PM

Drew
I too live in northern Delaware and find the big box stores lacking. I live in pike creek, development of wood creek. Maybe we could find a source near by. Best I have found for reg. 4×8 sheets is shorne lumber in Stanton or 84 lumber in claymont. Do you have any better sources locally

Walt

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 03-22-2014 03:57 PM

Drew, I just met up with a sawyer near Kennett Square, PA. He’s right off the Rt. 1 and US 82 intersection. You can actually see his operation from Rt. 1 this time of year. His name is Gregory Flegal. Here’s his website-http://www.gregoryflegal.com/ He has mostly locally found species-Oak, pine, cherry and paulownia. Click on the Portable Sawmill link for information. I’ll be at his place again in two weeks to mill a few logs I have.

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