Quest for Wood in Apopka

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Blog series by Jeremy Greiner updated 10-21-2011 02:34 AM 5 parts 12135 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Hood Distribution, McEwen Group

10-14-2011 06:26 PM by Jeremy Greiner | 7 comments »

If my research is correct, Hood Distribution is a company that distributes wood, and McEwen Group is our local franchise of this company, so I don’t believe the following information applies to all Hood Distribution facilities, this is just my experience with this local facility in Apopka. After a previous project posting I received a few suggestions on places to go for wood, other than the big box stores. Last year when I first joined the central florida’s woodworkers guild I ...

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Part 2: Pro Builder in Sanford

10-15-2011 12:53 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 2 comments »

I skipped out of work early to make a short trip up to sanford (turned out to be 20 minutes from my office so not to bad) to visit Pro Builders and Quality Plywood Specialty. I arrived at Pro Builders, parked in the wrong lot and was directed to the correct area, when I entered the sales office I noticed a big “Welcome Contractors” sign and for a moment I was preparing myself for another McEwen group. When I entered the building I was greeted with several hellos and I introduce...

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Part 3: Quality Plywood Specialty

10-15-2011 01:09 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 4 comments »

My second stop while I was up in sanford was at QPS. It took me a little bit to find the customer enterence door but when I entered I was greeted by 2 young men chit chatting with eachother. They both greeted me and asked how they could help. I explained who I was and I was looking for a good source for plywood and potential lumber that didn’t come from the big box store. One of the gentleman offered me a tour to show me what they had and we walked around the warehouse. He was very f...

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Part 4: 84 Lumber

10-19-2011 02:39 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 1 comment »

I visited the nearest 84 Lumber today, they close at 6 so I had to do some work to get there before they closed. When I entered I was welcomed by a cashier and I introduced myself and said that I was looking for different plywood and lumber sources around apopka something other than home depot or lowes. The cashier said “Oh, well we are pretty much supplied by the same people as those guys”. I said ok and thought maybe their handling of the goods would be better and the plywood...

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Part 5: Amazon Exotic Hardwoods

10-21-2011 02:34 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 3 comments »

I visited Amazon Exotic Hardwoods (going to call it AEH) today, they are only open 8-5 Monday through Friday so it is not as convenient as woodcraft, but it’s certainly cheaper. Wood was 1-3+ dollars cheaper than at my local woodcraft (from prices that I could remember off the top of my head). When I walked into a nice little checkout room that had a bunch of milled lumber with price tags on it. Tons of pen blanks, bowl blanks and small to medium sized boards already milled (not just sk...

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