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Cutwood

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10-06-2021 11:55 PM

I moved to the Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter area of Florida a few years ago and I’m getting back into woodworking. I’m having a lot of trouble getting hardwood and especially plywood. I’m tired of getting crap from Home Depot. Anyone else in the area have suggestions?


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CWWoodworking

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#1 posted 10-07-2021 12:06 AM

I don’t know about your areas but there are shortages in Baltic birch.

The company I work for had to buy a half truck load to get 1” BB.

Suppliers said half truckload or nothing.

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#2 posted 10-07-2021 01:34 AM

Either be patient and keeping checking or look for an Appleply dealer and be prepared to pay over $100/sheet. Baltic birch does become available for short intervals in the Chicago area but it sells fast, is priced high and is out of stock more than it is in stock.

Some say the Russians are cutting exports to the US, others say it’s tied up off the coast of California. Others say Chicago railyards are clogged and some say it’s selling super fast (though I’ve no idea who’s buying since most have trouble getting it). Regardless, supply has been iffy since the 2nd quarter of 2020 and shows no signs of improving.

I do have a client bringing some 3/4” sheets in for his project so he must have sourced some – most likely from Aetna Plywood.

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#3 posted 10-07-2021 05:16 AM

You might also look into AurocoPly which is plywood made from Radiata Pine. It is the plantation grown Pine you see sold as Premium Pine, that stuff with zero to scant tight knots, and no other flaws. IOW Perfect pine. Home Depot carries it. If it’s not in the store local to you, they can ship it in. Same with Menards, not certain about Lowes.

Generally also priced lower than BB or Appleply. Not sure since Covid, everything is goofy now.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 10-07-2021 02:32 PM

Rockler sells small pieces, if that fits your needs.

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#5 posted 10-07-2021 10:04 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Try asking Google maps for help.
Can search for anything ‘near me’ and get local help finding stuff.

Looking for Plywood, try this link as example:
https://www.google.com/maps/search/plywood+near+Palm+Beach,+FL/

Cross reference the above list with a search for ‘Hardwood lumber’ and you should find several decent hobby lumber sources.

There have been several LJ posts with folks asking for help finding wood in Florida.
This thread from Ft Meyers area has long list of sources, some inland and on east coast of FL:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/88850

FWIW – Helped a friend in Boynton Beach with some cabinetry and hardwood molding replacement work long ago. IMHO – The local hardwood/cabinetry lumber sources in that area were very small sized compared ‘normal’ sources I have used in Midwest or any major metropolitan city. Being small, they were harder to find. Another challenge is the local lumber suppliers are focused on marine lumber, not furniture or cabinetry lumber. Ended up shopping inland at Hardwood Lumber and Millwork in Lakewood for the hardwood needed. Couple of plywood panels suppliers I remember are:

- Imeca Lumber and Hardware
They are quasi Big Box competitor, based out of S. America. They stocked hardwood veneer sheet stock, and had BB last I visited.

- World Panel Products
Major supplier of marine sheet stock to east coast boat builders. Have a location in Palm Beach. They offer interior cabinetry grade BB with marine rated water resistant glue, which seems just like same old BB plywood sold elsewhere; plus usual ‘have to be rich to own boat’ premium.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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JohnMcClure

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#6 posted 10-08-2021 12:29 AM

I can’t buy 3/4 BB locally. The 1/2” is only in grade 4b (footballs on BOTH sides).
Hardwoods supplier says global supply chain issues are the root cause.
Good luck!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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