Maple shorts

Hi everyone,
Unfortunately, my favorite family-owned wood shop closed up shop recently - big shame. As a result, I am struggling to find a source for some wood to produce this year's stack of cutting boards before Christmas.
I am wondering if you anyone can give me a lead on some soft maple shorts. I am looking for 4/4 clear pieces about 24" in length and at least 2" wide. I would like to buy about 20 bf if possible and I think that amount could be sent via UPS since it should be a hair under 75#. Anyone have any great ideas which will save me from either making a 200-mile (round trip) drive or going to the borg?
Thanks in advance!
Ben Shakman Springfield, IL http://shakman.smugmug.com/Woodworking
PS. For those old-timers around the 'wreck, I plan to get back into the shop for real after I complete grad school this coming spring and hope to find the time to follow this newsgroup again.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I would think Springfield, IL would have plenty of hardwood dealers. Since you're needing shorts, ask about #1 common, as you can cut around defects. Also check for flooring mills, as they often sell shorts.
Either should be far cheaper than FAS wood.
Good luck!
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Unfortunately, wood purveyors are in short supply around here these days. The family-run places have gone out of business and the national chains are not coming any closer than 90 miles away. A dozen years ago I had plenty of local choices but times have changed.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Ed Carter Lumber and Bailey Hardwoods are out of business?
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On Nov 30, 4:20 pm, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

I'm not sure about Ed Carter, but Carter Bros. focuses on the construction trade and Bailey insists they only sell finished products these days. I managed to buy a few boards from them years ago, but had no luck this time around. I'll try the Ed Carter route on Monday...
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Hello there,
I prefer Walnut shorts.
Hides the stains.

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Now THAT'S the answer I expected from one of y'all! LOL Tom
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Soft Maple?
All the commercial makers (and me) make these boards traditionally from "Hard", "Hard Rock" or "Sugar" Maple, all of these names for the same thing, hard maple. Why soft? Not only is it softer which is not good but also has lots more brown and mineral streaks.
http://www.sonomaproducts.com/Culinary/culinary.htm
On Nov 30, 10:55 am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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OP did not give his location. There is a mill in Port Angeles, WA where I recently bought 150 BF of short curly maple for $50.
On Wed, 3 Dec 2008 21:46:48 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"

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Actually, he did. Springfield, IL, IIRC.
todd
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