Re: Newbie - Finding Wood
- View SourceWhere are you located and how much can you aford to
throw at this problem?
Woodcraft and Rockler will sell you hardwood at half
or so the price that one of the big box hardware
stores will. An independent woodworking store will
sell it to you for less than that and if you can find
a local saw mill, you might pay as little as 1/10th
what you'd pay at the big chains (if you could even
get what you wanted at said chain).
There's a con to this. The wood the big boxes sell is
generally milled to a smooth finish and is pretty
square. stuff from a saw mill is often sawn, kilned
and that's it. No straight edges, no smooth surfaces.
(Though this is not always the case.)
You can saw it and smooth it with a plane (and can get
a pretty good deal on an old jack plane on e-bay -
Look for a stanley #5 or #4 for starters) or you can
get invest in a jointer and a planer. At the prices
you'll pay at the big box hardware stores, it doesn't
take too many projects to justify some pretty nice