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Forum topic by westside posted 10-24-2010 02:34 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2010 02:34 PM

My LOML wants me to build her a dinning room table. I have been reading up on different types that would be better suited to my skill level as a woodworker, I don’t want to start something I may not be able to finish. My question is, where can you find 2” x 2” lumber to make the legs out of? I would love to use walnut, but that may be quite pricey. I really only have the big box stores around me to choose from, which they do not carry anything I need to build them.
Do most of you folks order online? Do you have a supplier who gives good service at a good price? Does anyone know of any lumber yards or saw mills in western NY who might have what I am looking for?

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 05:03 PM

I am not from your area but a quick search using Woodfinder came up with Bristol Valley Hardwoods I am sure there are others. Seek out other woodworkers. Rochester has a woodworking guild. Join and go to a few meetings. There are probably a few others in the area. While attending my guild meeting I met someone who told me about a saw mill very close to where I live. It turns out I know the owner very well and always knew he had a firewood business but never knew he had a mill.

Once you have a better idea of the wood you will be using you can decide on the table.

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 12:37 AM

Have you checked for hardwood lumber deals in your area? If you haven’t looked at it, you can find hardwood for sale in the materials section. I have found that with patience good deals can be found. As far as the lumber goes you do not necessarily have to use 8/4 stock. You can get the same size lumber by gluing up 4/4 boards if you want to go this route.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 01:53 AM

It’s probably a good idea to glue up legs from smaller boards anyway. That way you can orient the grain so the leg will not be as likely to warp as it would if it were made from just one piece of wood. If you closely study the legs on most real solid wood furniture you will see the legs are usually glue-ups.

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 02:53 AM

If price is a big factor and you only have access to standard 3/4” lumber then you may want to consider a lock mitered joint to create a hollow leg. This is how craftsman and mission pieces achieve the look of quartersawn wood on all four sides of the leg. See pic:

-- Patrick

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 03:02 AM

Westside, I recently used Advantage Trim and Lumber in Buffalo and was delighted with the 8/4 ash I got from them. Prices are good and truck delivery to NYC was very reasonable.

I also have had good experiences with Niagara Lumber in East Aurora

That’s a great tip by Patrick re: the lock miter joint. Thanks, Patrick.

-- --Brian, Brooklyn, New York

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 03:15 AM

I concur with PGreene, that would be a way to make your legs in what ever wood type without added weight.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 03:19 AM

For a dining room table, the place to invest your hard earned money is on the top. Three 12” wide boards are going to look much nicer than six 6” boards. They will look even better if cut sequentially from the same log. A dining room table will last a long time, and you will see the top every time you sit down.

It would be worthwhile to visit several sawmills or call them and tell them what you are looking for. I could recommend a couple of places, bur they are not very close to you.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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