my first trip to local hardwood lumber store

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 11-29-2012 01:21 AM 894 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2012 01:21 AM

Popular 4/4 = $2 and some change for a board square foot. MDF 4’x4’ 3/4” = $12
i was in heaven! this was the first time going to a hardwood lumber store. luckily, i take care of their phone system and voice/data cables so i already knew the manager and he helped me understand things easily and was very helpful.

for some reason, i was thinking ANY hardwood (granted, i know popular is the cheapest hardwood) was going to cost and arm and a leg. but when it’s explained to you, it’s not too bad at all when it comes to figuring out 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 ( 4 quarter ).
Even the MDF was cheaper (i’m going to build my first torsion box sometime in the winter) than the box stores.
then, of course, i cruised the other hardwoods: maple, oak, zebra wood, burly wood, panels of all sorts as well.

it was a nice experience for the first time going into the local hardwood store and coming out with eagerness to get started learning joinery, mortises and tenons.

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 01:57 AM

I remember the first time I visited a sawmill. At that time, my only experience was with the BORG. Having only been exposed to the choices of crappy pine, expensive pine, expensive oak, and crappy and expensive cedar, it was like being a little kid at Toys R Us all over again :)

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 02:07 AM

That’s why poplar is so popular.


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