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Forum topic by m88k posted 05-17-2010 06:15 PM 4066 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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m88k

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05-17-2010 06:15 PM

Any suggestions on where to get good quality plywood in the NE Indiana area? I’ve searched the forums, and found listed hardwood suppliers, but not much for plywood. There’s the place in Union City, but that’s a bit of a drive.

One rule is I have to be able to get it cut; the largest panel I can carry is about 40×60 unfortunately. Home Depot went extremely badly this weekend; the guy ran the panel saw through as fast as he could on the first cut, absolutely shredding the first couple inches of veneer. The stuff available at Menards felt like much better quality for the cost, but none of their local stores have panel saws anymore, making it impossible to buy from them.

I don’t see a spot in Woodfinder to choose plywood, and I’m hoping to find some feedback on which places are worth dealing with.

-- ~Mark


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#1 posted 05-18-2010 10:21 PM

Hi Mark,

I think if you want the best, then you might want to take that “bit of a drive” to Union City. Frank Miller is recommended by the folks at Popular Woodworking Magazine. They seem to buy alot of their lumber supplies there. Sorry there’s no place I know of that’s closer.

http://www.frankmiller.com/

-- http://www.pearcewoodworking.com

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 12:31 AM

Thanks Dave, I’ve heard about Frank Miller, and I’m planning a trip nearby soon, but I’ll be coming back with a smaller car, requiring even more cuts at purchase. I still plan on checking them out on my way back though. There’s a place in Columbia City I’m going to try tomorrow.

-- ~Mark

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 03:16 AM

maybe hollingsworth in russiaville? depending on what side of ft wayne you’re on, it might be a little closer than union city.

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 07:38 AM

Hi Mark I made my first trip to frank miller ( a 2 hour drive ) and was very pleased with their selection and service I’m sure if you call ahead they can have your ply cut to any size you need when you get there. I had what I thought was plenty of money with me and had to go out to my truck to get some change to settle the bill ( I just couldn’t stop sliding those boards off that stack into my truck )

noblevfd

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#5 posted 05-19-2010 02:33 PM

Are they cash only Noble? That’s something I would need to plan for. (I hate carrying cash)

-- ~Mark

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 07:09 PM

For the record, Holmes Lumber Company in Columbia City, IN doesn’t carry plywood; I’m glad I called before driving. The local company bought out by Big C quoted me 30 bucks over the phone to make two rips down the sheet.

I’m seriously considering my options for carrying lumber back from Union City. I’m currently driving a Mazda 3 hatch, but I’m to trade my dad for the Honda Fit this weekend. I’m thinking about buying lumber with the 3, then cutting finish pieces at my parents to carry back in the Honda. Only problem is it will raise questions about when I bought that saw, how much I spent, and, most importantly, it will be assumed I’m spending more time woodworking than on classes.

I do miss my Toyota Previa; I could fit 4×8 sheets in it in a pinch, get them cut slightly smaller in either dimension and I could just load it up. With the Honda I even have to consider the total weight I’m carrying

-- ~Mark

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 04:53 PM

no they take credit cards just not discover and i did not have my visa card or check book with me sorry for late response
noblevfd

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