I've only been in Reel Lumber once. If they have prices posted, I have no
idea where they are. At Austin Hardwoods, all prices are clearly posted,
even (perhaps especially) the $60/bf ebony.
Same company, different location (Anaheim). At about 2 1/2 miles, they are
lot closer than Austin Lumber, which is down in Santa Ana, but Austin has a
larger selection, plus nice hand tools like Lie Nielson planes and Starrett
layout tools. And if I want the usual American hardwoods without going far,
I can go to Ganahl Lumber which is less than a mile from my house and has a
complete mill on site.
People keep complaining about Southern California, but I have (now)
Woodcraft, Rockler, 2 independent tool dealers, 3 significant lumber
sources, 2 Home Depots, 2 True Values, and one Lowes, all less than 15 miles
from my house. Take out the Woodcraft and Austin Hardwoods, and they are
all less than 5 miles. There's so much around I haven't even bothered to
see if there's something else. Heck, even Laguna Tools in Irvine is 14.56
driving miles from my house.
North Anaheim, Almost Fullerton. South of the 91 and East of the 57.
Unfortunately, not far enough East. Freeway is one of my neighbors. You
actually do sort of get used to it. BUT, only 3.5 miles from work, and
living next to the freeway beats the heck out of commuting 2 hours a day on
it. Fourteen to 24 minutes, round trip commute. I had 45 minutes one way
living in Colorado Springs. This is better. (No, not everything, but the
commute is, and woodworking in shorts in the dead of winter is).
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