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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Wood can be pretty expensive, what are you doing for affordable sources?

Have you found ways to track down usable reclaimed wood for projects?

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 07:14 AM
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I look for old beds at the curb you can get a lot of good wood out of the head boards and foot boards as well as the side rails. Also places like the Good Will and garage sales for for table leafs.
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I usually only buy new wood, unless it's a small project. I only make things I plan to keep, so the expense is not significant. Plus I only make a couple projects per year, so it's no big deal.
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I get a lot of my wood from raw logs, the reason I bought a large planer and large jointer. The variety of species here is a bitt limited but it's still paid for the planer and jointer.
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Talked with a man who makes cutting boards for sale at farmers markets and he gets all of his wood by stopping by high end houses while they are being built and said the craftsmen there are happy to put their scrap material aside for him as it will be put to good use. These are houses that would have custom wood work using walnut, cherry, maple, rosewood etc.
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I have shopped lumber yards in about a 40 mile radius looking for good selection & pricing. I monitor what four yards have on sale.

I haunt Craigslist, and have gotten good deals there. I also have gone on sawyers forums, and found good deals through that approach as well.
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I have contact with a guy who customs saw with a WoodMizer mill and He lets me paw thru the slab piles and take what ever I want. I take a chain saw and cut up pieces to take home and resaw. get a lot of figured maple slabs. I have made some things over the years for him to pay him back and once in awhile he trows in some lumber he wants to get rid of.

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I live in an adult park where there are a couple other woodworkers besides myself. We manage to acquire free scraps more often than necessary, accumulations become a bother. We do share our woodpiles. One fellow likes the soft woods and the other two of us use only hard woods. One fellow is a turner and the other two of us make small boxes etc. I do some furniture as you may know. It seems to work out well and we seldom have to lay out any cash except when we find something special. I did find a 7 ft X 1 and one eight inch piece of rosewood last summer at a garage sale. I had to pay $35.00 gladly for such a gorgeous piece of wood. I priced it out later at Windsor Plywood store ; their price was $160.00 for the same piece of rosewood. We do get to scrounge the left overs @ some cabinet makers shops and furniture factories. I am amazed at the good pieces being discarded as waste. I make a lot of shop storage boxes from high grade plywood scraps!!! I also acquired a good quantity of Sapele Mahogany that makes superb keepsake boxes. Just have to keep your ears and eyes open for opportunities.

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To add a source to Reg's suggestions, look for commercial millwork shops as well. They'd be doing custom machining...doors, mouldings, office interior millwork (built in reception areas etc.).
I mention this because they won't be listed under 'cabinets' or variations of that. They very specifically don't want to do residential kitchens.
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I am fortunate to have a wood shop here that builds trusses, cabinets, doors and other high end furnishings. Their scrap pile is out front near the road and free for the taking. I have gotten oak, cedar, pine, red wood and ash just to name a few. I have offered them money in the past and they say "no thanks, take all you want and come back often." And I do!! They have been doing this for nearly 40 years!

But one of my favorite woods to carve is aromatic cedar. The only place I have ever found as a reliable source near me is Woodcraft. Not cheap, but I pass this cost on to my customers. I have not had a single one complain about the extra expense once they see the finished product.

Most of my carvings are made using the cedar fence pickets. Look for the ones slightly damaged. Home Depot and Lowes offer as much as 70% off on these damaged boards. Generally I can make between $75 and $110 per picket board. My costs are somewhere between $1.20 and $3.97 for each board.....depending on the condition of the board and whether I get the 70% discount.

Lastly, I just got a lot of cedar from a house being remodeled by one of my son's friends. There is a ton of cedar from both inside and outside of this house on the scrap pile. So I was able to get a lot of quality wood.....again, for free. I surprise the newly weds with a sign using some of their scrapped wood once they are moved in.

Ya gotta find your material where you can. LOL
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