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Forum topic by MrRon posted 05-09-2012 10:45 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2012 10:45 PM

Finding quality wood is the same as finding quality meat. The quality cuts of meat go to restaurants, hotels and butcher shops and the lesser quality goes to the supermarkets. The same holds true for quality wood; the best goes to manufacturing facilities and cabinet shops. If you are looking for a good supply of quality wood, contact a local cabinet shop. They may special order a quantity of good lumber for you. I have a relationship with a custom cabinet maker and although I have not ordered any materials from him, the scraps that I get from him are better than you can find anywhere else. My needs are for small projects, so scraps serve me fine. Even though, the scraps can be as big as 1×3x10’ long, by the time I get it trimmed and cut to usable sizes, I have some great quality wood you won’t find in your big borg stores.

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 12:05 AM

I have been lucky here. I have two good hardwood lumber companies within a short driving distance from me. They both have a tremendous stock…never have been disappointed.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 05:58 PM

I’m fortunate to have a good lumber yard here to get quality lumber, and their prices are pretty reasonable, their willing to special order something if they don’t have it in stock.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 06:13 PM

I also have a couple of quality hardwood lumber yards that I can drive to within an hour. I have been to some cabinet shops and find that their selection is very limited …especially if I use exotic woods.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 06:17 PM

This is where I feel that the tools to mill my own lumber are probably where I experience the most significant return on investment out of anything else in my shop. Woodworking is not a focus in my area. So my choices are limited to going to the big box store and getting pristine pine, horrible SPF (otherwise just known as white pine), shattered cedar, or oak (at nearly 7.00 a linear foot or about 14.00 a board foot). I do have a lumberyard but it only distributes construction lumber. But it does at least have Southern Yellow Pine. But in rough lumber, I can drive about 30 miles and pickup all the major hardwoods and get some decent deals on shorts.

The issues I have with the big box places, aside from price, is that the lumber has been moved so many times and has experienced so many climate changes, that even the pristine stuff is not really flat any more. Which means that I would still have to work it some and that reduces the thickness even more. I swear, I can’t even walk in the local borg without losing my lunch. Now, my biggest problem is finding good quality plywood.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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