Have been asking lumber yards and other places about Baltic Birch ply
availability getting mostly half blank stares as if they hadn't heard
of it before. Recently went to plywood section of local Lowes and
there was a single slab of 1/2" X 5' X 5'. Asked where the rest was
being stored and wood section Mgr said that piece was special order
and walked away with it under his arm. There was a stack of 3/4" X 4'
X 8' labeled Birch ply that had characteristic thin plies making up
the total 23/32" thickness that the Mgr identified as BB. Also some
1/4" X 4' X 8'slabs were there and he said that was all they carried.
Search of their site discloses "Not available at that store". I sent
mail asking how it not available but it was there from special order.
So far that is still open. Suggested in the mail they work up a query
option by product name or category listing what items CAN be special
ordered. They answered the mail stating it would be forwarded to
appropriate people and they called at 7PM to say the same thing.
You expect them to carry LN planes, too? The difference between them and a
Stanley is about the same as between standard and multiply versions of birch
with the same display faces. This is a home center, for cryin' out loud.
On Thu, 04 Jan 2007 04:39:43 -0500, nospambob wrote:
I'm curious--where are you located? Several yards in this area
(Connecticut) have Baltic Birch, but they're hardwood yards, not softwood
yards. It's not something I would expect to find at Lowes or Home
Depot. Have you tried <http://www.woodfinder.com ? It's not comprehensive
or always accurate but it's sometimes a useful starting point.
I don't know what sizes you are looking for, but Lowes DOES carry a
very nice product in 3/4" (23/32"), called Arauco plywood.Check it out
It is pine, not birch, but pretty nice.
You CAN mail order Baltic Birch. In a pinch you can also buy small
sheets (probably no larger than 24" x 24") at a craft store.
> Have been asking lumber yards and other places about Baltic Birch ply
> availability getting mostly half blank stares as if they hadn't heard
> of it before.
So what is your problem?
Do you expect to find a new Rolls Royce at the Chevrolet dealership?
It's another big-box home improvement chain, but not national. They're in the
upper-Midwest only, with the largest concentrations of stores in the Chicago,
Minneapolis, and Indianapolis regions.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I'm not sure I'd classify them as big-box, unless they've changed considerably
in the last 10 years or so. More like Orchard Supply Hardware in the SF bay
area; big hardware stores with lumber yards, usually outdoors.
I have a rant but it is about a tool.
My boss wanted to re-do is deck with Trex. But he did not want to face
screw it and wanted a hidden fastening system. To which I had no
control of what he ordered or wanted. So he had a couple of options at
the lumber yard where we have credit.
One option was a tiger claw system where you tap one clip on each
joist into the first piece of Trex and the next piece gets driven into
that and you keep repeating this.
The second option he had was a biscuit type system that and you used
stainless steel screws once you cut all the biscuit slots. This is the
method he chose. Which I was fine with I just install.
So we had to buy a biscuit cutter to cut some 100's worth of biscuits.
We purchased a Porter Cable from Lowe's. About a month ago we had to
do the same process at his beach house. We need to replace the blade.
Fine we go to Lowe's search for the blade. They do not sell it. We
tried HD they don't sell it the blade either. I said to the guy in the
tool department. "How can you sell a tool but not the blade?" His
response was "That is the way things are done." And then he told me to
try a hardware store.
Honestly replacing blades on biscuit cutters is a pretty rare
occurance. I suppose the Trex is more abrasive than normal wood. I
wouldn't expect each store to carry a blade that might never get sold.
Yes, retail has to carry lots of inventory but I would give them a pass
on this non-typical item.
The only analogy I can come up with (I love analogies) is expecting
them to carry a replacement chuck for every brand and model of drill
they carry. Yes, chucks go bad but it is not a typical occurance.
Bill Davis Jr wrote:
I think you have too high expectations of Lowes & HD and for that
matter, most hardware stores also. A biscuit cutter is not a very
common tool, compared to say a circular saw or drill, and the
replacement blades would be a low volume item for any retail
store. I know of a few tool dealers in my area that probably stock a
replacement blade for biscuit joiners (Ooops, _almost_ put that 't' in
there!) but honestly, If I needed to replace mine, my first thought
would be mail order.
Contentment makes poor men rich. Discontent makes rich men poor.
Forget Lowe's. If they had BB it would be too high, like their hardwood.
Look around for a hardwood dealer and they will ususally handle Baltic
Birch. There are 2 or 3 in our area that sell it at a reasonable price.
Several of the independent lumber yards do too. The only drawback so far is
they do not always stock the 'A' grade. I occasionally have to settle for a
occasional veneer-filled hole (no filler).
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