Do's Don'ts Running a Small Cabinet/Furniture shop #3: Finding Materials

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Blog entry by William Olsen posted 03-02-2013 01:47 AM 1189 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Everyone.
I guess the next thing i’ll discuss is in running a small Furniture/Cabinet Shop is Finding Good material. Sheet Stock / Hardwoods.
I do believe that it is essential for you to find good sources for you all your Materials. Having a good Back supply of stock is incredibly important for long term success. Finding it Locally is obviously the best, but I know that can’t always happen. As far as your hardwood is concerned I think one your best bet’s is to find a good small local Mill. Try and start a good relationship with these guys because there Milling Price can change day to day. Once you have a good relationship built with your Mill you can then start networking with al your local Arborist , Loggers, landscape Contractors , anyone who deals with taking down trees.
Do watch out for Urban Trees, they can sometimes be filled with metal. So If you do start buying Urban Logs let you Miller know where they came from.
You will be so surprised how much time and money you will save once you start building your Hardwood stock. As far as sheet stock your sheet stock is concerned I thing is is always best to buy Domestic, most Euro ply’s are low quality.
Always remember, This is My opinion of course, if you use great material you will always make more money.
I know it’s more expensive and it can add up, but is’s well worth it.
And the reasons why you will make more money is #1 If you build something with quality material it will show in your work, and if your work always shines you will do well. #2 Fusing with crappie materials takes to much time, the money you save in your stock will be lost in
I hope this was helpful.


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#1 posted 03-02-2013 04:26 AM

Baltic birch ply is from Europe.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 08:23 AM

Baltic birch is an acception, just as long as it’s A1. Lemon or football patches will not pass.
You can get buy with lemon patches on the inside of your Drawer stock.

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 07:07 PM

The place to get sheet stock is from cabinet hardware supply houses which you can find in the phone book (showing my age) I mean internet. Places such as Meyer Laminate, Trend Distributors, A & M Supply can supply you with formica, solid wood/plywood, hardware, finishes and such. It’s very important to make a friend at these places, customer service is as important as price when it comes to your purchases of materials. You need someone you can talk to about your needs as a custom woodworker. You’ll never know everything on your own.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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