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Forum topic by bigcody posted 09-17-2011 10:50 PM 1308 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2011 10:50 PM

I am a fairly new woodworker by hobby. I inherited my great uncles woodshop contents a few years ago with no interest for what I had. Now that I am older and respect wood working, I have learned how to use all the tools but I don’t really know how to buy good lumber. Any help in this mater will be great.

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 02:31 AM

Find someone in your area with experience. I am sure that they will gladly offer you insights about acquiring wood. Sawyers with portable sawmills in you area are a great source for good hardwood lumber that will not sink your bank account. Many advertise on Craigslist. If you do a search on Craigslist for the lumber you are looking for, I bet you will find it and pay much less than retail at the hardwood lumber store. I sell a good bit of lumber on Craigslist and I get to meet all kinds of interesting woodworkers.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 07:08 PM

All lumber is good, if only for building a fire to keep warm while you work with better lumber. What do you
want to build with the lumber? If it is a sawhorse then construction lumber is good. If it is a fancy chest,
then color of wood may indicate a preference. Look up and learn about quarter sawn, rift sawn, and plain
sawn wood, the internet has quite a bit on this. Try Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop. If you really
want to get into it The US Dept of Agriculture has “The Encyclopedia of Wood”, I picked up a used copy
for less than $10.00 and it has more information than I will ever need. Check the internet for woodworking
clubs in your area. I grew up with a father that had me help build our houses and I am still learning, you
have the right attitude, because you are willing to ask questions. I hope you have as many happy years as
i am having learning the answers.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 12:43 AM

Just remem ber that wood from a borg is “squirrely wood”. That means that the squirrels were runnin’ around in it last week. You will have a lot of movement in the wood until it stabilizes. 6 to 8% moisture is good for projects, and won’t suffer a lot of warping.
If you want some good stuff, look up Hogan Hardwood. They have good stuff, and aren’t too far from you. Not cheap, but quality.


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#4 posted 09-27-2011 01:05 AM


What area do you live in?

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 01:18 AM

southeast missouri

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