Honey Do List #2: Good Source for Wood?

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Blog entry by cpt_hammer posted 01-02-2008 05:16 PM 2274 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife has instructed me that I have quite a long list of items to be built. Much to my excitement, I’ve enjoyed looking at different designs and coming up with some rudimentary plans for these items. However, when I went out to my garage (shop), I noticed that my lumber supply is rather meek. Here is my sad list of lumber:

Oak: 2 – 1/2” x 12” x 36” plywood boards 1 – 1/2” x 6” x 60” solid board

3 – 1” x 3” x 60” solid boards
10 – 1/2” x 6” x 60” solid boards

Several scraps of 1”x3”, 1”x4”, 1”x6”
1 – Rough cut 3/4 plywood 4’x8’ sheet (For the trundle bed base that I already made, but haven’t posted)

Birch Plywood:
1 – 1/2” plywood that is about 4’x6’ in size

Where are some good places to find lumber supplies? I’ve gone to Home Depot and Lowe’s and I’m not happy with the selection of lumber(only pine, oak or red oak, and popular for the most part), some of plywoods ( 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”), and even some MDF. These prices seem rather high and not that great of a selection. What kind of places should I be looking at and what about shipping if using the internet? I’d rather keep my lumber prices as low as possible and don’t want to be killed on the shipping.

Also, transporting the lumber can be a pain since I only have 2 cars and they can transport 8’ long boards if I put the back seats down. But I have to ask a friend or neighbor to help me haul plywood sheets which I hate to do.

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#1 posted 01-02-2008 05:41 PM

I live in north-eastern Kentucky, not really to far from you, maybe about 3 hours or so drive. Alot of the wood that I get is just laying around everywhere waiting to be picked up. Of course I carry a chainsaw so that I can rough cut the logs into planks (easier on the back). I have found black cherry, oak, white pine, walnut, etc just in ditch lines, wooded areas, etc. I don’t cut any trees down, I just look for fellen trees.

You may check to see if there is any cabinet shops around your area that might carry different types of hardwood and hardwood plywood.

Check your local sawmills for hardwood and softwood planks/slabs, you will get a better selection than your everyday Lowes or Home Depot. Our stores around here do not carry anything but dimensional lumber and pine planks.

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-02-2008 05:51 PM

I’m sure others will have great ideas for lumber sources.

as to asking for help: how can someone feel good about helping you out if you never let them?? And use the time to have some fun, take him out for lunch after or something nice. It will be worth it in the long run.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 06:22 PM

I’ve actually done exactly what MsDebbie stated. I hate asking anyone to help with anything, but there was a time a couple of years ago, where I had just bought all new living room furniture and was anxious to get it home. It was going to take them a week to deliver it, so I opted to transport it myself. I called my brother up, who helped me load and unload the furniture, then I treated him to dinner. He came back later and asked when I would need him again, so that he could get a free meal out of it!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 06:23 PM

Just in case you ask…..

Yeah.. like I said above.. I bought all new living room furniture and didn’t make it.. This was before I had my shop.. :)

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 07:35 PM

There are probably at least a few guys in your area with portable saw mills that would like to find you. Try contacting woodmizer and timberking to get a list and make some calls. I found a few guys that run portable mills and a small kiln and they sell their own wood. I’m sure they’d drop it off in my driveway. Craigslist is also a great source I’ve gotten many responses from posting wanted ads for lumber and trees. You can find people selling or giving away all kinds of wood including barnwood from tear downs. Like Jamie, I have a chainsaw mill and look out for small stuff, but I’ve paid for large portable mill to come in also.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 07:42 PM

I didn’t buy my bedroom set either… same reason… and haven’t bought a headboard for my daughter… but I still haven’t made one either. ;)

I think there’s a pretty long thread several months old full of free and cheap wood sources. I just tried searching for it (boy has this site grown) maybe someone can find it faster than I can. Can’t remember if it was a blog post or forum topic… but there were lots of ideas there.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 07:43 PM

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#8 posted 01-02-2008 11:15 PM

I see that you are in WV, actually not far from me. I get pretty good deals on my wood from McDaniel Hardwoods. Its in Kearneysville, WV off of Rt 9 over by the State Police Barracks. They carry both domestic and a pretty good selection of exotics. They are a little higher on their plywood but they carry a higher grade than the Box stores. Feel free to email me if you want an introduction or better directions on how to get there.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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