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I'm building a DVD shelf for my first 'fine' woodworking/router project. I'll be using dados for the shelves...going to try stopped dados. Im going to do a Roman Ogee for the top and bottom, round off all the edges, and rabbet the back for plywood.

Anyway...I'm just using #2 Pine boards. I'll be painting this, and I don't want to spend extra money on wood, cuz there is a chance that I will screw it up royally I went to Home Depot, and the boards there are just hideous. Knotty...busted up, warped like it came out of a horror movie. The boards at Lowes look like beautiful Cherry wood compared to the HD ones.

Is this common or did I just hit HD on a bad day?
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From most of my experiences with HD and Lowe's, I think it is common.

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I've quit going to either for other than construction lumber but use to. It seemed the quality of their inventory changed every couple of years, often swapping places. I often wondered if it had something to do with who was the general manager since I've known both to do super-priced clearances on the junk-wood (junk atr full price, OK if priced right). I've had very little business in retail (many years ago) but it seemed like differnt managers had different attitudes on inventory. Some liked to "clean house" and upgrade the quality of inventory while others seemed to be "along for the ride" or at least not focused on old/poor inventory.

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I am hoping to stop going to either. I found out how much they mark up from rough sawn lumber. It makes me feel like a good planer would very quickly pay for itself.
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Right those two stores and Menards are my choices that I know off. HD seems better and cheaper than Lowes or Menards here.

There is also a Scheers, but there you just order the stuff, not get to go pick it out and I don't like that idea.

When I moved back here in 1993 there were still at least 2 local lumber mills and I am not sure how often the 3rd one was actually up and running as it seemed like every few years it would be active and then inactive for a few more. Had to drive by that one every day as there was no other way to get home back then. After Scheers moved in both of those places seemed to disappear and then Home Depot came in and by the time Lowes was here the good local hardware store was gone (owners retired), the lumber mills were gone, and main street had lost a lot of the businesses I was used to, all because of the new river bridge making it so easy to get here instead of the old ones that used to flood out.
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Try a good old fashion lumber yd. for volume and selection

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HD and Lowes are NOT a lumber yard. They may supply lumber material but they are by no means the same as a true "lumber yard".

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If I knew were one was that I could actually go to I would be more than willing to give one a try. Yard was the word I meant in the earlier post when I wrote mill.
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If I knew were one was that I could actually go to I would be more than willing to give one a try. Yard was the word I meant in the earlier post when I wrote mill.
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You should be able to do a search for "construction material supplier" in your local area.

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HD and Lowes are NOT a lumber yard. They may supply lumber material but they are by no means the same as a true "lumber yard".
Amen on that Ken. Problem is HD, Lowes and the ilk have driven a lot of the the smaller "real" lumber yards under. My local lumber yard can't afford to carry ANY type of hardwood, solid or ply. What he does carry is top shelf. His #2 pine looks like HD select. He also just hasn't got the resources to handle a large hardware/tool inventory either.
As far as HD vs. Lowes, I don't live close enough to a Lowes to get in very often. I suspect it is gonna be similar to the HD I visit, pot luck on the lumber. One day it looks decent the next day, garbage. I did notice that I gotta watch HD. I was looking at some birch ply last week and the pile was marked 1/2" - $36/sheet (4x8). It was stamped "made in ecuador - 3/8)".

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