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Forum topic by ChrisForthofer posted 05-14-2010 07:33 PM 4998 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChrisForthofer

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05-14-2010 07:33 PM

I am hoping you folks here can help me, I have been a registered member for 4 months now and have been admiring everyones projects and reading tool reviews as I amass my collection of woodworking tools. I have found a great place for rough sawn wood but have yet to find a retailer in the area that carries quality plywood. Now when I am talking quality I am not even refering to visually perfect, no chipped edges etc. I am just looking for nice ply (both veneer and ACX for shop storage/workbenches) that is flat. Best I have found to date is more or less flat to slightly warped. I am not looking for billiard table flat mind you. Tried the box stores, quality varies by the number of months the skid has sat out in the rain. Tried local lumber yards, hit or miss, depends on if you get a guy helping that will let you pick through the pile a little. I am just looking for a place that I know I can reliably go to and get quality plywood without having to drive to hell and back for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Chris

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking


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Tim Lawson

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 07:19 AM

Not quite in the Everett / Seattle Area but Edensaw in either Port Townsend or Tacoma have a great selection of plywoods. If you go to the PT branch ask John (in the retail area) for advice – his knowledge of plywoods is impressive. If you do make it out to PT – stop by.

Tim

-- Tim Lawson http://www.ptwoodschool.com http://www.timlawson.net

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 07:33 AM

Unfortunately, a lot of the local lumber yards have closed or been bought out in the last 20 or 30 years. Of those left, I didn’t know they were all under the same ownership until they changed their names to all the same 2 or 3 years ago.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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hazbro

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 05:09 PM

Eden Saw, Crosscut Hardwoods, Compton (they are pricey), Limback Lumber in ballard, Alki Lumber in west seattle.

I get materials from all these places. Flat is hard to find though just by the nature of the laminating process.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 06:16 PM

tom1 The takeover of small companies has more to do with national economic policy than state. You see the monopoly game every where you look, not just the lumber yard. Look how they gave WA Mutual to Chase, screwed all their share holders but bailed out many others and the CEOs are writing multi-milion dollar bonuses to upper management of tteh bailed out.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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ChrisForthofer

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 07:21 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions I can see I will have to do a little traveling to get to some of the suggestions but if the selection and quality is there it will be worth the trip. I also agree with the sentiments expressed above it seems that these days people are willing to buy anything for the cheapest price with no consideration of quality. I think there are few areas in our lives where companies offering products or services realize that people would be willing to pay slightly more for a higher quality product over cheap crap. Thankfully at least woodworking tool manufacturers are catching on (mostly) but we are a small community relatively speaking. I think our wood suppliers haven’t caught on, the home building industry is a much larger consumer of wood and ply than us. I digress though, thanks all again for the suggestions, keep em coming if you have more.

Chris.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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hazbro

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 06:06 AM

This thread has Seattle Lumberjocks BBQ written all over it.

I’ve seen michigan get togethers, new england get togethers, etc.

I’m glad that there is a NW crew here!!

Woodland park east has horseshoe pits and lawn bowling (lawn bowling sounds like an old timer deal, but as a 35 yo ex college jock I can attest it is super fun)

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 02:05 AM

hazbro, Contact Alexander on here. He is trying to get a get together together, All puns intended ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 05:04 AM

Woodland Park East is at the Zoo? If you can miss cherry harvest, I could drag Autumn with me, Maybe.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 06:46 AM

Please notice I said, “miss cherry harvest.” very important! Would be Fun though, huh?

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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studie

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 06:46 AM

Plywood Supply in Kenmore is good but in the south end AWI in Tacoma is my favorite. They have a huge selection of ply in many veneers. They also have a fine selection of fine wood too. Just as important they always are patient to let you pick the panel you want. However as with the larger suppliers they won’t let you pick your order, however when they bring it to the loading dock you can always review it. They want you to be happy & have always been betty betty good to me. Crosscut is great as well as Comton too.

BBQ in Seattle for Lumberjocks? I’m there for sure! We have a fine group with a lot of talent.
Did I mention all the wonderful & creative Gals here?

-- $tudie

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