The Rocking Alligator #2: Getting Wood

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Blog entry by BentheViking posted 07-17-2011 12:11 AM 8854 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So over the past few weeks I have been looking into trying to figure out what kind of wood I wanted. All I could really afford was pine. I looked at the box stores and as much as loved clear or select pine it was way too expensive. Even the whitewood pine was gonna be a bit pricey. So I figured I’d head down to the lumber yard and get a better choice there. I managed to get two 1×8x12s of relatively clear #2 Common pine and two 2×6x8 of relatively clear #3 Common spruce. I just can’t belive that at the lumberyards you can get better wood cheaper than the big box stores. So much for economies of scale!!!

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

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#1 posted 07-17-2011 01:43 AM

You can do even better at a sawmill… You can get oak, walnut, maple, and/or cherry for about what pine costs at a lumber yard. If you are willing to dry rough sawn green wood, you can make out like a bandit!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 01:49 AM

Saw mills seem a little too intimidating at this point in the game. Due to vehicles I am kind of limited to the city, and don’t have the tools or time to deal with rough sawn green wood.

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

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