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01-03-2012 08:23 PM

Have decided to start making cutting boards for friends and family. I know most of you guys make them from scraps but since I don’t have any I’m planning to order some by mail. Rockler has free shipping, but I haven’t seen much discussion here about their prices and/or quality. Any feedback would be appreciated. Probably just maple, walnut, padauk. Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 01-03-2012 09:54 PM

You’re going to pay more if you mail order wood from the chain stores because they are marking up what they get from their local hardwood suppliers.

Many names are brought up when talking about buying hardwood online, but here are the ones I have dealt with before and been happy with:

www.woodworkerssource.com
www.bellforestproducts.com
www.walllumber.com

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 09:55 PM

It’s also worth noting that your absolute best bet is finding a local hardwood dealer. If you post your location fellow LJs might be able to point you in the right direction.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 10:01 PM

I’m in New Jersey and there are a few lumber yards around, but I’ve got a gift card from Rockler and free shipping and I figured by the time I drove to a yard and paid sales tax it would come out about the same for a small quantity. I think if I get into any kind of quantity I’ll start looking locally. But anyone have a sense of Rockler’s quality? Thanks guys, appreciate the input.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 10:23 PM

I have ordered some woods from Rockler. I will say the quality was excellent. The price was high. Some of their wood is very expensive. Watch out for the thickness of the board. Some is sold by the running foot and is only 1/4 thick and that kind of thing. IT is confusing in the catalog. I guess they plan it that way. If they didn’t they would change it wouldn’t they?

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 10:27 PM

Besides the price, the advantage of going to the lumber yard is selecting your own stock instead of relying on someone you dont know selecting it for you. There should be someone in your area that specializes in hard woods and you can get 4/4 stock. Most of what I’ve seen at the chain stores is 3/4. Usually the thinner the stock the more expensive because your paying for the milling.

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 11:25 PM

I’ve bought lumber from rockler and the quality was high, as was the price. It’s useful for only needing smaller amounts of a particular wood though.

I’ve used bellforest and ebay for some lumber purchases and have been pleased too.

I plan to give wall lumber a go very soon.

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 11:28 PM

Amen on all of the above. Go to www.woodfinder.com and look for sawmills and dealers in your area. Save the gift certificate for something not so expensive. The price of wood will drive you out of the hobby if you don’t teach yourself how to find and buy it.

Steve

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 11:40 PM

Firewood, my friend. But a couple cord of firewood. Split it into chunks you can resaw on the bandsaw or table saw and let it dry. Makes nice, and cheap, cutting boards.

If you want some special designs, buy some cherry and walnit to add to the firewood as an accent.

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 12:08 AM

OK, have located a place fairly close to me via woodfinder.com, anyone have experience with this place?

http://www.woodboardsandbeams.com/s4s-pricelist.html

I would have to buy s4s, I don’t have the ability to surface myself.

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