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Forum topic by NavyCop68 posted 06-21-2009 04:08 PM 1123 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2009 04:08 PM

Hope this is an appropriate forum for this question, but it would appear so far that the only real outlets that are quickly accessible for me to get wood in my town is the local Home Depot/Lowes. The wood I get there (I am sure this is nothing new to you guys) is pretty rough, rounded edges, some warping so have to really pick and choose, etc. I don’t have the option of getting a planer or jointer at the moment so I am unsure of the best way to get decent boards out of the stock I have access to. There are some shops down in the Portland, OR area, but I don’t get down there too often these days.

I guess the question is how to get a couple of decent edges on the contractors stock I buy from the outlet stores? Do I need to just buy big and try to cut it down on the table saw for better edges and surfaces?

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 04:19 PM

Trim off rounded edges on the table saw, and glue them up to the desired width. Nice and strong. Works for me.

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 04:25 PM

Hey Steve
There are some great wood sorces in Portland but if you can only get your material from a box store then I say be very pickie. sort through a large unit to get the best they have. It helps if you put back what you don’t use so you don’t get the people at the store mad and prohibit you from searching thru a unit next time you come.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 04:47 PM

I generally do that, and have not had any issues yet (but you never know who is working that day!) I have been to a couple of the stores in Portland and there is some great selection, but the prices also shoot up pretty quickly and I am forced at the moment to be as frugal as I can. Would probably be better if I planned ahead on what I need and make one good trip every now and again, but whats the fun in doing that!! My wife is much happier when I shop off the cuff!!

And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell ya…..

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 06:01 PM

Steve, go check out . There’s plenty of guys there from washington that mill wood, and will have what you want at a much lower price than the big box stores.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 06:49 PM

I will definitely check that out!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 07:01 PM

Steve, another source you might want to look at is The lumber you get at Lowe’s and HD is pretty pricey for what you are buying. You are paying about $6.00 a board foot for this lumber and it is very limited in the species that you can get. You might also want to check Craigslist for your area. In the materials section you should find lumber being offered on an occasional basis.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 07:16 PM

you can also have good straightedge and use it to edge trim with a flush trim router bit to get your straight edge then tablesaw .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 08:34 PM

If there are any woodworking clubs or guilds in the area, their membership will probably know the best and cheapest sources. I’ve had really good luck working with local sawmills, mom and pop operations. Hardwood for pine prices or less. Little more waste with rough cut but by far cheaper than 4S. I’m blessed with Amish and Mennonite country in my back yard not to mention logging my own stock. When I’ve needed specific species or grain match, these have been the places to go. Good luck.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 06-22-2009 06:06 AM

I live in Battle Ground and have a bunch of 4/4 local soft maple. Be glad to sell you some for $1.00 a board foot and mill it up for you. I’ve got a big Grizzly planer and a jointer. Let me know.

Jeff’s Wooshop

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#10 posted 06-22-2009 06:17 AM

There is a Cook’s wood supply around there in southern WA or south of Portland somewhere. They have about any kind of wood you want.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 06-22-2009 06:25 AM

I have bought wood from over the internet, they are in SE Oregon and have been very happy with them. The shipping costs can be a little bit high, so be warned.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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