What kind of wood are you looing for? Kondor Lumber is over near
Wrightsville, up by Accomac Inn - but their stuff is green - you'll need to
dry it. There's some hardwood dealers over in Lancaster - they're cheaper
than HD or Lowes, but you'll still pay $2.50 + for red & white oak.
Where are you at in York? Maybe we can connect -
I live in Wrightsville! I have a very small shop, right now kinda getting
back into my roots with the wood working. I am making bird feeders and
houses small things like that until I get really into it. Still trying to
aquire more power tools though. The router is next on my list but I need to
sell some of my things first!
Thanks for the reply and I will check into Konder.
If you're doing small stuff you might try Sandy Pond Hardwoods in Lancaster
County. They're actually in Buck on Hwy 272. Here's the link to their web
Click on "Contact Us", and there's a map. Actually you're fairly close
being in Wrightsville. The cool thing about Sandy Pond is they have a
couple of scrap bins where they put their cutoffs. They sell them for
$1.00/lb. You can get some really nice small stuff. I made a Mission Style
End Table, mostly from scrap cutoffs out of that pile. I got a really nice
pice of 12/5 Mahogany, about 12"x9" that I'm going to incorporate into my
workbench, and a bunch of white and red oak. They usually have a lot of
maple (at least the last time I was there). REALLY nice people - they'll
spend time with you to find what you want, they'll cut up larger stuff, and
even give you 1 or 2 finished sides on it. They have a really cool saw that
has a laser guide on it. Great place.
If you go farther south on Hwy 272 from Buck - about a mile - on the left
(east) side is Groff & Groff Lumber. He's got just about anything you can
imagine. Not much in the way of smaller cutoffs like Sandy Pond, and not
nearly as nice. But, you can get some cut pieces of oak, maple, and other
stuff, 3' - 4' long that he just wants to get rid of, for a fairly decent
Forgot to tell you before, Kondor is in the York phone book -
I have another really good place over in Duncansville, PA, toward
Pittsburgh. It's about a two hour drive, and it really helps to have a
pickup (due to the long drive, to make it worth the trip. I usually use my
car, but I can't get a lot in it.).
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Heavy machine movers (riggers) are quite frequently taking large machine
crates and good lumber to the dumps. They usually let the crate sections
pile up in their warehouse or yard until they have a full truckload and then
haul it away.
The local rigger that I know gets crates made out of all kinds of wood that
are sometimes as large as about 8' x 8' x 30'. Quite often last year he
seemed to have extremely large crates that were made from whole sheets of
3/4 AC plywood (real nice stuff). The last one that I got from him had been
assembled with drywall screws (lucky me). After about an hour with my
reversible drill I had 12 near perfect whole sheets of 3/4 AC plywood and a
couple of half sheets, about 200 lineal ft of 1x4 pine, 23 - 2x4's 8-12
foot long, about 5 lbs of drywall screws in assorted lengths, and some
broken stuff. (I left all the broken stuff in his pile). The skid under this
crate had been made from three 6 x 10 pine runners with 3 x 10 rough sawn
pine decking, but he said he was keeping the it to move another machine.
He also quite frequently has heavy timber 6 X 12's about 6' long which are
usually pine, but sometimes red oak and hickory. Anytime I ask him for wood
he gladly gives me all that I want, and then some. He tried to give me about
1/2 semi load of the stuff the last time that I asked him for some. If I
don't take it, he says he has to pay the dump to take it and he has to haul
it to them, so he's very cooperative and eager for me to take as much as I'm
willing to. He told me that another guy had been taking wood from him back
in 2001, but when he finished building a 2 car garage from it, he stopped
Look in the yellow pages for these guys. I'm sure that most of them would
gladly give you all of the wood that you can use. Make good friends with
them, respect their property while you are getting the wood, and ALWAYS
clean up the mess before you leave and you may never have to buy another
piece of common lumber.
I live in Hershey but work in Lancaster. I don't know if you stop by
on your way to Konder's but, High Steel Service Center in Lancaster
has a bin out front that says free wood. I've never stopped myself,
although I've been tempted a few time, but I would imagine that it is
oak from pallets, since they sell steel coils and the such.
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