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11-12-2010 04:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: birdseye maple home depot

I always take a look at the hardwood section whenever I’m at Home Depot, and I found this gorgeous piece of birdseye maple the other week. You never know what you’ll find there! It’s less than half the price than buying birdseye from my local hardwood dealer.

I resawed it to make a couple pencil holders for Christmas.

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 05:12 AM

Twice at HD I found the most awesome 1/4 red-oak veneer plywood with the most incredible quarter-sawn rays, once a sheet was left propped against the rack, as if somebody didn’t want it and went through the stack, another time I snagged one that had a bit of damage to one corner, but it was during a sale, about $10 less than the usual price!! Nothin’ like sticking it to the man, I say!!! YEAHHH…
Great score, jayman7!

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 05:32 AM

You are lucky. In my local area (San Jose, CA) Home Depot only has red oak and green streaked poplar for hardwood. They do not even stock kiln dried framing lumber (douglas fir).

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 05:44 AM

Good eye Jayman.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 05:49 AM

Huh, interesting. I’ve found curly and tiger type wood at the borgs and “Do-It Centers” here in sunny California. But the finds are rare…and way low money. I usually find the good stuff at Rockler, but the kind of figure I want isn’t there, either. Not their fault, someone may already have beat me to it. Though I must admit, I’ve uncovered some really tasty wood there. Bolivian rosewood, in particular. I’ve bought nice grained pieces at all of these stores, with no established concept for use beyond having a nice piece of wood.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 06:29 AM

Good find!
I’ll have to start checking. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 06:52 AM

That is a very nice piece of birdseye!

I will start looking at our local store as well, never gave it a thought before… Thanks!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 01:39 PM

That is why I always check through their hardwoods whenever I go for anything.
Your score is very impressive!!!
Both the orange BORG and the blue BORG often have something that no one else wants… everyone wants unfigured, uniform boards… except us!!
Well worth the extra few minutes to look through some of their woods.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 05:01 AM

I had and still have birdseye maple to give away and one member told me it was fire wood yes I got it in my fire wood but for small profects and for turning it would be just fine.

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 07:15 AM

the HD’s around here just have have red oak and poplar and I’ve noticed one also has aspen…. there’s another one that only has softwoods.

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 07:30 AM

I agree with this thread. I usualy check the Maple at lowes because almost always i find outstandingly curly pieces.

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