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|04-21-2016 01:49 PM|
I am fortunate to live in Southern California, where I have 4 good lumberyards selling an array of hardwoods within an hour of my house. I can quibble about price & quality sometimes, but I can get almost all of what I need quickly. And do. |
My go-to for online lumber purchases is Bell Forest Products. They have never disappointed me; I've ordered 2 species I can't reliably source locally (Birds Eye Maple & Honey Locust). Highly recommended - though they've lost their Honey Locust source and are now out of stock (sigh).
I did have an incident with another supplier late last year where they sent me 8/4 Goncalo (which, at the time, I couldn't find anywhere) ... but what they sent was wet. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough experience with the wood to know that, so I had several projects fail due to cracking/checking and lack of glue adhesion as I chased the wet wood through some projects, and then out of my lumber racks to dry for several months. That store would not respond to my inquiries; this was my first order from them. They're a nationally-known outfit located driving distance from me; perhaps I'll visit their big store someday. Or, maybe not.
|04-21-2016 01:28 PM|
I've gotten 20x30, half inch Baltic Birch by shipment that have been good, but if you're just 60 miles or so from a source, I'd do a little driving and buy enough to last awhile. |
I have gotten 30x60 sheets of OK birch and clamped them together for storage until needed. Stacked vertically, they stay flat. Same would apply to storing 60x60 sheets. Buying per project will greatly increase your project cost, but it seems your only real option for reliable, hand picked material.
|04-21-2016 12:59 PM|
I have used Baltic birch since the late 60's. It was easier to get in the east coast lumber yards. That would explain "The Russian GOST 3916.1-96 standard:" ! |
For 1/2" and up, the highest quality birch plywood is generically called "Baltic Birch" because it is manufactured in Scandinavia and western Russia and the small countries around the Baltic Sea. Those sheets are 5+ plies of nothing but Birch. That would explain "The Russian GOST 3916.1-96 standard:" !
There is also an aircraft grade which is used by aircraft builders. It does not allow any voids, splits, or defects of any kind.
Look here... Baltic Birch Plywood-12 Inch X 30 Inch - Rockler Woodworking Tools for stock which can be shipped. Is is occasionally on special in the store .
Since Apple Ply has been mentioned, here is a very useful link to them also! BuyApplePly.com
To find "local" supplier of Apple Ply, try... http://appleply.com/where_to_buy.php Your closest is about 2 hours away!
|04-21-2016 08:14 AM|
Originally Posted by kywoodchopper View Post
(But still interested in online sources and others' experiences, never know when an inexpensive, quality supplier can be found!)
My family will not go to the lumber store with me cause "Dad spends HOURS picking through the lumber".
My son has finally figured out I'm looking for the least knotty, flattest and no sap lumber I can find....
Thank you for the response!
|04-21-2016 08:08 AM|
|kywoodchopper||I generally try locally (within 100 miles), but if that doesn't work I look online. I have a local source for Baltic birch. For lumber I have gotten some from Bell Forest Products in Michigan. For small stuff they have photos of the wood. For larger quality you just have to take a chance. I tell them what I am looking for. But again, I prefer to see the wood I am buying. Malcolm / Kentucky USA|
|04-21-2016 07:41 AM|
Originally Posted by jaody View Post
I was not aware of denoon. I used to shop at Mentor Lumber, especially for cedar.
Thank you for the tip!
|04-21-2016 07:40 AM|
Originally Posted by JIMMIEM View Post
|04-21-2016 07:34 AM|
|jaody||I get all my hard wood in eastern Ohio at denoon lumber. Lots of oak,cherry, and walnut. They also have sheets of hard wood plywood. Check out denoon. com. They have there own lumber mill and kilns. There hard wood price is half that of the big box store.|
|04-21-2016 07:32 AM|
|JIMMIEM||Not strictly an on-line retailer but Bolter Plywood in Sommerville MA (approx. 60 miles from you) will ship to you. Check out the web site....I've purchased from them.....they'll have what you want.|
|04-21-2016 07:15 AM|
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
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