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Forum topic by j_dubb posted 04-21-2014 08:17 PM 1090 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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j_dubb

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04-21-2014 08:17 PM

Hello everyone!

I’ve been messing around as an amateur woodworker for about a year now. I’ve mostly been working with pine wood simply due to how affordable it is. I’ve also done a few projects with cheap 2×4’s (the bench I have in my projects list, for example) and I’m working on finishing up a well I built for the wife out of similarly cheap wood which I imagine I’ll regret since it’s going to be outside, but I’ve got some great ideas for finishing it to help it stand the test of time as much as possible.

At any rate – the reason for this post: I’m wondering if there are any pros here in Connecticut that might have scrap piles that a budding amateur like myself might drool over that they’d be willing to sell on the cheap. I’d like to try my hand at some box building, or perhaps some end-grain cutting boards, but I’m apprehensive to pay premium prices for projects that I may end up screwing up.

If you’re in the area and want to chat then please drop me a line. Thank you for your time!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey


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#1 posted 04-21-2014 08:25 PM

Parkerville Wood Products in Manchester has a pretty well stocked “shorts” shelf. Everything has the price marked right on it, and there are often quite a few species available.

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#2 posted 04-21-2014 08:30 PM

That’s awesome Barry, thank you! I’m actually going to be meeting up with some friends at Ted’s in Manchester this weekend so I’ll definitely have to make sure I check out Parkerville Wood Products!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#3 posted 04-21-2014 08:41 PM

I just browsed there the other day. They’ve got some white oak in the off cut pile for a decent price.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 01:35 AM

where in CT are you?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 01:44 AM

I’m in Durham, but a commute never hurt anybody =)

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 02:05 PM

I’m in Middletown…

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 02:21 PM

Very cool, that’s just a stones throw away. My wife just did the half-marathon in Middletown a few weeks ago, and the week before that we had dinner at Luce, which was quite delicious.

Durham is nice in that it’s slightly more removed from the hustle and bustle, but it can also be annoying to have to drive out to Middletown/Wallingford for shopping ‘n such.

I’ve got some great info out of this thread for places to source wood from so this was definitely a success! Thanks for the info folks!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 02:28 PM

I’m in Clinton, and I always have my ear open. I’ll let you know if there’s anything around!

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 05:13 PM

Also in Clinton, small world.

Check out Connecticut Valley Lumber in Old Saybrook. Lots of reclaimed stuff and pieces large and small.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 05:43 PM

Portland here. Looks like weve got him surrounded boys.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 05:46 PM

Lol Didn’t realize we were so many in CT!

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#12 posted 04-23-2014 05:50 PM

....and on that note…

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 07:09 PM

Wow. I live in Texas. It is nearly 800 miles from east to west.
I have driven across Connecticut as a Truck Driver. Those trips weren’t worth mentioning.

From here El Paso is 700 miles. (a days drive).
Brownsville is 450 miles.
Laredo is 350 miles..

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 04-24-2014 02:09 AM

I have driven across Connecticut as a Truck Driver. Those trips weren’t worth mentioning.

Sorry that you didn’t stop in the right places! ;^)

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#15 posted 04-24-2014 02:11 AM

I’ve cycled through Portland and Durham in the last 7 days!

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