On Sat, 23 Aug 2003 18:11:35 GMT, Dustin Marker wrote:
In addition to the Paxton's and Schutte Lumber that Rick mentioned:
Woodcraft, in Lenexa (8645 Bluejacket Road)
and my new favorite, Turn About Wood, northern part of the KCMO (5226 NE
Chouteau Trfwy), this place is awesome, especially if you're into turning
And just to throw in my standard advice: don't buy veneer locally, get it
online. Both Paxton's and Turn About Wood have excellent veneer, it's
true, but you can get MUCH better prices through eBay. There are a lot of
excellent veneer suppliers on eBay (and I'm not affiliated with any of
them), and it will be 50% to 92% off from what you'll find here.
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have
learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being
I'll throw in my vote for Liberty Hardwoods on Truman Rd. Lousy part of
town, great wood. Only problem is, they don't have a showroom. They have
plans to build a new place up by Oceans of Fun with a showroom, but for now
they cater to the person who goes in and buys wood in quantity - not
necessarily a huge quantity, but more than 1 or 2 boards. You can't pick
through it, you just take what's on the pile. But in my experience so far,
what's on the pile is incredibly good - as good or better than Paxton's at a
FAR lower price. I'm currently working my way through 52 bd. ft. of 4/4
cherry from them and I'm just amazed at the quality. And their prices on
sheet goods including Baltic birch are the best I've found.
Since we've got a few KC folks listening in here, is anyone interested in
buying a 52" Unifence in perfect condition with all parts?
A few days ago SWMBO and I took a very old chair to a local furniture
restorer for repair. It needed a turned stretcher put back in, 2 plain,
arced stretchers made, one leg tenon repaired, and reglueing. The charge was
about $300.00! The owner said the chair was a "pressed back behive" chair, and
was worth much more than the price of the repair.
Was he hosing us on the potential value of the chair? I know, difficult to say
without seeing it, but perhaps someone has experience with this type chair and
can ballpark it.
Are these charges typical? If so, I need to dust off my lathe and get busy!
Their charge to make one plain stretcher was $75.00!
BTW, being a neophyte turner with no experience in chair restoration, I didn't
want to take a chance on screwing up this chair by doing it myself, as it has
great sentimental value to SWMBO.
I think you've got your answer right there. You're not paying the guy
to turn a stretcher on a lathe, you're paying him for his experience and
expertiese in knowing how to repair something which can't be replaced at
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