For those of you who are lucky enough to have found a source for MDO:
is there a company name or logo on the MDO telling you who makes the
stuff? Maybe if we knew that, we could contact the manufacturer and
find local distributors.
I found MDO by contacting a local cabinet company, who put me in touch with
a plywood dealer. I also found that Paxton (owner of Woodcraft woodworking
stores) generall has MDO in stock. You have to forget the major consumer
chains (Borg, Lowe's etc) as they only carry high volume, fast moving
A few manufacturers are:
Plum Creek Northwest Plywood
Roseburg Forest Products
Eastern US - (800) 445-2442
Southeast US - (800) 782-7265
Western US - (800) 782-9378
Buffalo, NY - USA
Here you go, I did a Copernic search
Look in your phone book under cabinet shops. Call them and ask " Will
you retail some MDO to me?" If not, the second question can be "Where
can I get MDO around here. Anytime you're looking for something, the
second question should always be the same, if the answer to the first
I've found on more than one occasion, the shop will sell to me.
Commercial shops are not set up for credit cards, and personal checks
are a hassle to them, so offering to pay cash can often help your
Establishing a good relationship with a local shop can open up a whole
range of supply possibilities, from hardware to finishing supplies,
and they may even do small cash jobs for you, like wide belt sanding a
I've dealt with local cabinet shops, metal shops, plastic shops, auto
body shops, etc... Sole proprietorships are more likely to deal with
you than corporate owned shops. Try to hook up with the owner.
You are very right Barry, I have a small shop and you will be suprised the
calls I get from people doing work at home and the shock they get when i say
come by and I'll give you the catalogue where you can get something.
Or that i have that hinge or drawer track
But to find that right person you really have to go through a bunch of
They by in large tell me that most shops sluf them off as a pain in the ass
they do not have the time to be bothered and take the attitude that if they
show them then they won't get their business.
almost like the pastry chef giving out his recipe's.
On Sun, 12 Oct 2003 07:41:00 -0700, "George M. Kazaka"
On the flip side, how many of the shops have spent time helping
someone, only to have them drop a Visa on the desk?
Or said yes, only to deal with someone who is too lazy to research the
materials, and has no idea what they really want? <G>
Oh yes I can monopilize this NG with stories of odd calls and odd people
dropping by my shop with odd requests.
I do try to help people as much as possible, I do have a philosphy that has
proven to be true many times over over the years.
Its is that most people will always remember you for the kind helpfull deed
you did for them and trust me you never know when the big one is coming. And
I have benifited from these deeds many times.
As 95% of my business is word of mouth recommendations you can never have
enough people shooting their mouth off about you. Positive only never
negative it takes many many positives to negate one negative.
in message wrote:
same thing as treating people with respect. I could also bore the NG
with stories about why I took a contract (didn't pay much) and didn't
take a contract (paid a bunch).
Kinda wished I knew ya in G'Burg
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