Where would an "Average Joe" get hardwood boards for cabinet making?
I'd like to get a hardwood like Red Oak or somthing like Aspen. Stores
like Lowes and Home Depot just don't have a selection. Is there a
better national source? I'm located in Maryland.
Check the phone book for hardwood suppliers. Some will joint and thickness
plane for you at a nominal cost. You usually have to buy the entire board
also. not just three feet cut off. Some will have 50 to 100 varieties to
There are lotsa sources on the net - I haven't ordered from these, but seem
like a professional outfit. to get a break, you have to order 1000 bf,
worth it to find someone to share the cost. I just cut the qtr sawn White
Oak SAB price from $7.50 to $5.50/bf.
More information would be helpful. I would make kitchen cabs out of
plywood with hardwood faces. The hardwood I would use would be 4/4
rough. drawer parts would be a secondary wood like popular. If your
looking at HD for harwood then you are looking for dressed lumber. Most
saw mills and internet sources are selling rough lumber. Lumber yards
and HD big boxes sell dressed lumber and sheet goods.
Look in the phone book under "lumber" or "hardwood". You're looking for a
hardwood lumber yard, which is different from a softwood lumber yard (Home
Depot is an example of a softwood yard, for certain values of "example").
There should be a number of hardwood yards in the area. They generally
aren't really set up as retail operations and may be pains in the butt
about small orders, but if you find one that you get along with you'll be
able to get just about anything you want.
There are a few online sources, but generally they're very high compared to
a local yard--I'd reserve them mainly for small pieces for accents or
whatever. Online, <http://www.woodworkerssource.net is one source that
has a very wide selection but not the only one. There is a service,
<http://www.woodfinder.com that attempts to find particular products and
species in a given location but it's not all that reliable--still it's
worth a try.
You have all given some great insight. Henry makes a great point about
using plywood sides and just making the faces out of hardwood. I still
will look for a local supplier first and then for online hardwood
sources. I'm going to checkout woodfinder.com right now.
I bought my first home almost a year ago, and I quickly learned that
the more DIY skill you have the more power you have to make your house
a dream home.
I really like contemporary wood designs like the furniture found on
www.westelm.com and lucky for me contemporary is easy to build in my
opinion. I'd love to make some shaker style cabinets with a dark stain.
J. Clarke wrote:
On 20 Jul 2006 18:23:17 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
That works but be careful about the edges. Make sure you don't have
to, or accidently, do any sanding on the plywood. That "oak" is about
a millimeter thick.
We have a lot of home build red oak stuff here since my wife and I
like wood. Don't give up on the big box until you check a few. Some
had pretty extensive inventories here while others had very little.
I do have a good hardwood guy here that I get more exotic wood from
but the borg was a lot better on S4S red oak.
I live in Maryland too (up near Hampstead) and two locations come to
Reisterstown Lumber 410-833-1300 and Kopps 410-374-9055.
I just picked up a nice piece of 4/4 oak for some candelabras from
Kopps on Saturday. They had a good selection of rough and planed
Where do you live?
By the way, I built all of my kitchen cabinets from red oak. i used a
lot of scrap flooring for the drawers and face frames. The lower
cabinets have plywood carcases but the upper wall mounts were built
from 4/4 boards, 12 inch wide. All of my friends said I "can't build
kitchen cabinets". I guess that maybe these aren't cabinets then.
I'm living in condo at Germantown, MD. I'm trying to really modernise
the whole place anywhere I can. The closet store to me is called Exotic
Lumbers, Inc (www.exoticlumberinc.com). So far I was planning on going
with them because they seem open to small orders, but I will check out
the places you mentioned also.
I also was planning to go with Red Oak ($2.75/bdft from Exotic Lumbers)
because its heavily used in manufacturer cabinets and its cost
effective. But, I started leaning toward Ash or Popular also because it
has less grain and might look more contemporary.
marc rosen wrote:
Exotic Lumber is a great place!
Proces don't seem out of line, particularly since mailorder usually
has minumums. Actually, checking out their specials page, their
prices are pretty good.
They are definitely open to small orders - you can go in and buy a
single board. Good luck trying that though. When you see their
selection, it'll be difficult to restrain yourself.
Unless you're planning on painting these cabinets, I'd stay away from
Good luck with your project!
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