HD's in central CT have large 4'x8' "Maple" and "Cedar" signs hanging
from the ceiling, but not the wood.
I don't buy hardwoods from HD, but sometimes it's fun to ask for maple
and cedar while standing under the sign. <G>
Lowes has maple, branded as "Choicewood", but the wider boards are often
I use Public all the time...good selection, get to pick my boards
Another good one is Armstrong Millworks in Highland. Still close
enough to Detroit to make it worth your while for a visit. Their
selection is better than Public, and they have an entire barn filled
with wide boards (11" and up). They have hard maple anywhere from 3/4
to 12/4. And if you've never seen a 16' long 12/4 hard maple
board...bring a dump truck.
You pick your own boards, but if you don't straighten the bins
afterwords, they will beat you with a hose.
Great guys, though...and they have a 36" sander they will do the
machining for you at an incredibly nominal price.
New to Michigan myself, but by "better peninsula," don't you mean "the
Wisconsin part of Michigan?" :-)
All kidding aside, do you guys have much cherry up there? And what
kind of prices do you get for it? I go camping up there all the time
(from Detroit), and would love to haul back a butt load if the price is
That one fits every ethnic group out there.
The ultimate game of one up's man ship was pulled of by Monohan <s/p>,
the guy who started Dominos Pizza and now owns the Detroit Lions, among
Story is, he gave Bo the Dominos pizza store on or immediately adjacent
to the OSU campus.
I was in your position last year at this time and decided to use ash after
seeing the incredible price of hard maple. The bench works well and if
there is a difference in hardness I cannot see it!
Good info from previous posters. All I would add is that your time is well
spent searching your area for hardwood dealers or sawmills (search for
hardwood, sawmills, wood, lumber, etc). I buy much of my stock from a local
hardwood dealer at a fraction of the big-box prices. He is about 25 miles
away but well worth the drive for quantity. I have recenty searched out a
couple of mills that are located 120 east (SE Kansas) that sell kiln or
air-dried wood at half of the local mill cost. I have to haul it so I must
buy in quantity.
However, the best part is that these folks are a good resource. They know
the products and are full of information. The smaller mills make a lot of
their money selling to schools or contractors and they are competitive. The
ones with which I deal are very open and easy to work with. Some also
provide limited milling services.
The one I mentioned in my post is the Oxford Wood Works Mill located about
two miles east of Oxford (Straight West of Winfield).
http://www.woodsworksqh.com/ . In addition to hardwoods they also provide
pretty fair prices on Baltic Birch plywood. Their veneer plywood is higher
than the local Lowe's or HD but it is of good quality.
A second local source is Papa's Woodshop @ 1029 N. Waco, Suite 8. This was
a small workshop/hobby business that grew into a wood store. The original
owner, Dana Fish, offered low enough prices to keep me from driving to
Oxford for small quantity. He also offered some "exotics" such as
Purpleheart, Padauk, etc. The shop has recently changed hands and is also
home to a small remodeler. I was in there last week and his stock on Oak
was down and he had none of the exotics in stock. However, he called a day
or two later to tell me he had a new shipment. Certainly worth a check.
A potential source I just came across about a month ago is Korinek Bros.
Sawmill north of Oswego (620-795-2823). The handle Oak, Walnut, Cherry,
Cedar and some others - all air dried. Their prices are very low. They
plane for .20/bd ft but even planed, still low. My sister-in-law is also
checking out the Advinson mill (included in link below) near Fort Scott.
And there is another across the Mo. State line East of Fort Scott.
Might also try sources like:
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