Hello everyone. I am just getting into woodworking. I am planning to make some fairly simple furniture. I have some experience with rough carpentry, but not furniture.
I am wondering where the best place to get nice wood is. The only place I know of near me is Lowe's, and the furniture-grade wood seems rather expensive. One of the items I would like to make is a dining table, and just for the wood for the top (of 1" maple) would be $120.
There aren't any Home Depots near me. There is an 84 Lumber, but I believe they only sell construction grade lumber (correct me if I'm wrong please). The yellow pages don't have any other listing for lumber.
I found a place on the internet that is somewhat close to me that sells hardwoods. The website is http://www.hazwoodworks.com/lbrprices.html
I am trying to figure out the price list.
For expample, it says for plainsawn hard maple:
Below are prices/ board foot of plain sawn lumber
Hard Maple_____________________________________________ __
facing and planing the lumber costs .50/surface foot, or edge 2 sides for .10/lineal foot.
Does the 4/4 mean a 1" board that is 4" wide and 4 feet long? An the 8/4 is 1" board that is 4" wide and 8 feet long?
If the prices are per board foot, does that mean the 4/4 board would be $1 per foot? I don't think this is right because it seems too cheap.
Overall, do the prices above seem reasonable?
Thanks for any help you can provide me. I'm sure I will have a lot more questions later, but first I need to figure out where to get the wood from.