Free really fits in with my budget. So I take wood whenever I find it. People are often throwing out wood, either mouldings and trim from a remodelling/renovation job, or something they buy or sell comes in a crate. There was a restaurant supply co in plainfield who often got stuff in big crates made out of nice pine 1x4. I've also picked up plenty of wood that had been made into one thing but was no longer good for that, most recently a twin bed of walnut. Take it apart and blamo, nice boards for something else...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jack Needles <jneedles@...> wrote:
> Ditto what Siegfried said about lumber sources. also try local fruit
> farms/farmers markets. some of the farmers also deal in lumber.
> I differ slightly on tools I recommend having, but I guess it largely
> depends on what you intend to focus on. I find a biscuit joiner highly
> useful, but not everyone does tables/cabinets (a doweling jig will do
> instead on some things). A table saw is necessary if you get your wood from
> non traditional sources, but a good circular saw would do instead. I can't
> live without my cordless drill. I'd also say either a router, or a rotozip
> or dremel with a router base.. They are even making drill press mounts for
> dremels now.