|Forum topic by Rob Marshall||posted 09-26-2011 08:44 PM||3624 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-26-2011 08:44 PM
I’m sure that this question has been asked before, but I haven’t (apparently) hit on the correct search terms, so a pointer to a previous discussion would be great.
Being new to woodworking (still have that new-woodworker smell – lots of fear mixed with sweat and tears :-), and having read some less-than-positive stories about buying wood at the “big box” stores, I was wondering if anyone has any pointers to where I can buy wood in mid-coast Maine. I live south of Bath. I assume that there have to be some woodworkers in this forum who live, or have lived, in Maine…
I assume that, if I’m careful, I can find some half-way decent stuff at Lowes or HD (two of the closest lumber retailers), but from what I’ve read I would need to sift through the 2×12s in order to find some usable wood. Since I don’t know that much about it, this seems like a somewhat intimidating process. Not that it probably isn’t worth the trouble, and I will need to learn to do it eventually, but I’m looking to get started on some small projects (saw bench, simple work-table/bench, bench on bench) and I don’t want to end up with a bad outcome because I picked bad wood…although I guess that would be an invaluable lesson as well :-)
I figure that starting with rough-sawn lumber is a good idea since my preference is hand-tool only (or mostly :-) and learning to flatten and dimension is a good skill. And, as to “hand-tool only”...I’m not in a hurry, and may never get much beyond projects for myself, plus cost is a factor. But I also just like the idea of using hand-tools :-) I hate all those noisy of machines :-)
So, again, if this has come up, I would appreciate a pointer and any other hints/suggestions you might have.
Thanks for the help,