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#1 posted 03-31-2020 03:19 PM

Right before I left, ( just shy of 3 years) the Lowe’s in Bowie had a batch of Walnut. I wanted to buy it all but in the middle of retiring and moving was not a good time. Usually just oak and poplar. Occasionally maple. All pre-milled and very expensive. No Baltic Birch or anything.

There was a hardwood supplier in Gaithersburg, but they had bankers hours. Closed on weekends was not terribly bright. Might not be there any more. Woodcraft does have some small amounts of wood. The Woodworking show in Balto sometimes had lumber suppliers, but now Peachtree has pulled out, the show got very thin.

At least we have the Hardwood Store here in NC.

Even getting wood was not easy. DC area mostly does not do things themselves. Very “disposable” environment.

- tvrgeek

Cant speak for DC, but the VA side and southern MD side of the DMV has plenty of hardwood lumber available at the local lumber yards.

As for communal shops, iirc there are a few. Though I ve never paid much attention to what and where. There was one in Manassas that had a 50” widebelt, but it is no longer there.

If you make friends with the local cabinet shop getting rental time on their widebelt isn t that hard.

- Jared_S

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