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Dark_Lightning

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10-11-2016 11:16 PM

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Stopped by the local Restore to see what they may have in the way of wood to buy. Some shop had donated hundreds of spindles and blanks. Maple, poplar and red oak. The maple is just square blanks, the oak and poplar are turned into what could be used as legs for a small table (which is what I what I have in mind). I bought ALL 32 of the maple blanks- 1.75” X 1.75” X ~41” (just under 28 BF) for $147, including tax. The sides are already smooth enough that all I have to do is lop off pieces and glue them together for end-grain cutting boards. I’ll make a few of them, and I don’t know what else. Looks like all my siblings have cutting boards in their futures. :)

-- Random Orbital Nailer


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#1 posted 10-13-2016 01:44 AM

Great score!

-- Jason King, The Aussie Woodworker. Free Beginner's Guide: https://aussiewoodworker.com

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 03:13 AM

Thanks! I checked with a local supplier, that price is about 1/3 retail, so I’m pleased with it. Now, I just need a place to put it. It’s still sitting on my table saw, where I took that photo.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 07:30 AM

Lucky find. It’s hard to find decent pieces of maple in my area, so I can imagine how happy you were to find these. Should make some nice boards out of those. Have fun.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 07:58 PM

Thanks, John. I didn’t really want that many of them, but I couldn’t beat the price. Now, I have to move them someplace so that I can start gluing up strips to make the first cutting board.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 05:58 AM

I can’t get over the fact that maple sells for over 15$ a bf where you are. Seems almost criminal, but I guess it’s the difference between east and west coast. Have fun making those cutting boards.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 10-14-2016 03:57 PM

I guess where a wood is plentiful, it’s cheap, which makes sense. I see here that some people get exotic wood from pallets, when they get something from overseas. Not to knock Woodcraft or Rockler, but the wood they sell is what I call “Boutique wood”. It has enough middlemen, each taking a profit, that in the end it is pretty expensive. My local DYI center sells thin maple stock (1/4”) for about 1/3 of Woodcraft. It still comes out to about $24 a board foot. But at least it is S4S, ready to go for say, a box. If I had to cut it to size, there would be considerable waste, so there is that.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 10-14-2016 04:15 PM



I can t get over the fact that maple sells for over 15$ a bf where you are. Seems almost criminal, but I guess it s the difference between east and west coast. Have fun making those cutting boards.

- jdh122

It doesn’t.

I don’t know what 8/4 goes for in LA because I never buy that, but good quality 4/4 maple can be had for $4.50 to $5.00 a board foot at any of three different plywood shops in the San Fernando Valley (north part of LA).

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#8 posted 10-14-2016 08:05 PM

Interesting. I’ll check at Far West Plywood. I shop there occasionally, as I’m about 15 miles west of them. But I didn’t have to drive there for this, and I’ve made some other really good scores at the Simi Valley ReStore, before. They’re about a mile from me.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 10-21-2016 06:24 PM

I like Valencia Plywood (near Van Nuys airport) better than Far West. You can’t wander the plywood stacks, but I think they have a better overall selection and they’ve always been quite accommodating about picking through the hardwoods.

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#10 posted 11-01-2016 10:45 PM



I like Valencia Plywood (near Van Nuys airport) better than Far West. You can t wander the plywood stacks, but I think they have a better overall selection and they ve always been quite accommodating about picking through the hardwoods.

- skatefriday

Thanks, I’ll check ‘em out the next time I’m in the area. I lived in the San Fernando Valley for about 25 years, so I should be able to find them easily.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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