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Forum topic by fladdy posted 12-07-2010 06:15 AM 1018 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2010 06:15 AM

I’m not quite sure where to post this so I thought it might go well here. I don’t much of a shop nor a place to buy quality cabinet wood, but I do have a Menards close by. They have a plywood bargain area and I have been getting full sheets of particle board and MDF anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 for $2.00 a piece. All of these pieces have a ding or dent somewhere, but they work great for making into jigs and shop drawers and such. Just thought I’d share it.

-- Fladdy

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 01:19 PM

I have never seen that around here at the Blue box or the orange box.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-07-2010 01:42 PM

Thanks for the tip. Dumpsters can be a great place for some shorts too. And every once in a while, some longs.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 05:34 PM

There is a cabinet shop near my house that has TONS of really nice hardwood cut offs and mistake pieces that they sell. They sell a 5 gallon trash bin full for 5 bucks and then bundles of strips for 3 dollars. A lot of the pieces do have knots or minor defects so they are great for shop made projects and small crafts. I picked up three 5 gallon tubs about 4 weeks ago and am going to get more soon. I use the tiny pieces in the wood stove. Here is a picture of the back of my truck after I picked up the wood..


I suggest looking online or in phone book and see if you have a local cabinet shop near by. Just call them and ask them what they do with there cut offs and scraps. Most of the time they just throw them out or sell for firewood..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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