Anyone from Ottawa?

I live in Ottawa (Canada). I was wondering if anyone on this newsgroup is from the area and can offer me some advise.
I get most of my wood right now at Home Depot, which is convinient, but expensive. I'm now looking to build a maple bed frame, and HD does not carry enough of what I need, and it would cost me a small fortune. I also need some cherry for another project I am working on. What is the best source for wood? Is it better to order it, or is there a local store that offers it at a good price?
Also I need some clear plastic -- I want to build some tool storage shelving for my tools with a clear plastic doors to protect from sawdust. I have no clue where to get that. (I was considering glass, but I'm scared it would break).
Finally, for the bed posts, I need to use a lathe. Is there somewhere in Ottawa I can outsource this work instead of spending $600?
Thanks in advance,
John
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John Smith asks:

I'd bet that a trip to a Lee Valley store will provide you with the means to answer all your questions in one place.
Check the store out and talk to the staff.
Charlie Self
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Hi John, I use to buy my lumber from Adams and Kennedy in Manotick and still do on the odd occasion but have found a few smaller operators who offer good product at 25 -50% less the A&K and appreciate your business. One is Bell Lumber in Renfrew, another if you are prepared to spend some time picking is Barr Lumber in Pakenham and there is an individual just north of Arnprior who runs a kiln and dries lumber for himself and others who have bought a log. If you want his name and number email me (remove the " stamp" from my address ). Cheers, JG
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Lumber suppliers seem to like to hide. Many aren't even in the yellow pages. Look around for small mills in the area. Also, take a look at this web site:
http://members.rogers.com/wsguthrie/suppliers.htm
Wood specialists won't necessarily be cheaper than HD. I know some will require you to buy a huge piece to resaw or pay for them to resaw. HD, by selling you only what you need, ends up cheaper. Not a problem if you're constantly bringing in wood, but for small, one-off projects, paying $200 to get $60 worth of wood and then having lots of leftover is a pain.

HD, Revy/Rona and others stock various sizes of Lexan (polycarbonate) and plexiglass. The former is particularly tough and would be a good choice.
Mike
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John:
Barr Lumber, just west of Packenham (613) 624-5273 is a small sawmill with a kiln. I've purchased lumber from them many times. If they have what you want on hand when you want it, their prices are excellent, only a fraction of what HD charges. Plan to pay in cash for the best deal. Harry Barr can also be reached at home in the evenings at 624-5363.
I also have a Smiths Falls telephone number (613)283-7334 currently advertising various varieties of kiln-dried hardwood, including the maple you are looking for.
If you need the rough-sawn wood planed to thickness, you should enquire whether any supplier you choose can so this for you.
Randy Warren (613) 256-9663) runs a small sawmill near Packenham and may have what you want, but does not have a kiln, so you would have to plan om air-drying the lumber under cover for about a year.
In Ottawa, Cliff Ralph (613)521-1938 (926 Garwood Ave) sells unplaned kiln-dried hardwood lumber from a shed in his back yard at attrctive prices, not as attractive as Barr Lumber, but if you don't need much it is cheaper than driving a long distance, and much cheaper than Home Depot. Because his volume of sales is not large, he is not required to charge GST on his sales. I can recommend him highly. You may be able to arrange for him to plane the lumber for you.
I hope this helps.
Don
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