Find somebody in your area who has a WoodMizer, and have it custom-cut. It's
tough enough to find lumber dealers who stock 16/4 -- anything bigger than
that is going to be really hard to find off-the-shelf.
Contact WoodMizer customer service (www.woodmizer.com) and they can put you in
touch with owners of their mills.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Check your Yellow Pages for "Wood."
Any large city will have several suppliers, importers.
I'm in Houston and happened to wander around the warehouse of a company that
makes custom molding.
They had container loads of ebony, mahogany, walnut, everything else, each
"hunk" the size of a railroad tie and about 25' long. Plus loads of other
stuff. Joint was as big as an airplane hanger.
I was impressed.
Yep ... AAMOF, I was planning on going to Clark's this morning to pick up a
load of maple for kitchen drawers but we start framing on Monday and I still
don't have a dumpster/cutoff box set up so I need to get that done this
Just as well as I need a place to put the shop trash from the cabinets
before I'll have room for the maple.
Best laid plans ...
Is it your B'day today?
Probably directly from the mill, if you can find it at all. Expect to
pay a premium for dry wood, it would take a lot of time, even to kiln
Probably the best and easiest way is to glue up several boards into a
I haven't been in Houston for a few years, but when I built cabinets
there, I occasionally frequented a lumber yard called The Hardwood
Lumber Yard on 5 and 1/2 street in the Heights. They had six or so
quonset huts filled with exotic wood. You might try to inquire there
for your needs.
Fri, Aug 24, 2007, 7:55pm (EDT+4) From: email@example.com (GrayFox)
I need some wood that is about 18/4 thick, different varieties like oak,
walnut, cherry, etc. What is my best bet for obtaining such?
How much money you willing to put out?
Other than that minor detail, you left out a lott of other details.
Like how long, how wide, where you at, and so on. Of course you could
also say where you are, but if you've got lots of money to spend you can
afford the shipping anyway.
What'cha want to make?
I do things I don't know how to do, so that I might learn how to do
Given the last, I'd strongly consider changing your design/process to
one of the following --
-- Glue up from matching stock. If done carefully, it's quite possible
the final glue lines will be virtually undetectable.
-- If that is just totally unacceptable for some reason, modify the
design to accept the dimensions obtainable from roughsawn 16/4 stock.
That you at least have a chance of finding at something less than the
price of pure unobtainium.
-- Build the 4x4 up from 1x stock mitered w/ splines or the 45-deg glue
joint if the block doesn't absolutely have to be solid (like very deep
turning). Except for the surface, nobody can tell what's inside,
anyway, so using all that solid material is a waste (again, unless it is
a deep turning).
-- In the same vein, if it isn't a turning, use a lesser wood for the
structure and a very nice quality veneer.
I suggest you look for someone advertising "turning blocks" to get the
size, but 2-ft may be a little long. Still probably best bet, however,
if absolutely must have solid stock of that dimension.
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