Jeff, your idea is a good one but very difficult to implement. Remember our members are scattered around the world. No matter how often I ask, people never list their home state/provence on their profile. As far as pricing goes, there is the Bargain Bin in the General Woodworking section. If you find a great deal post it there. As far as asking about where to buy wood you can submit it in the general woodworking section and hopefully a member from your area will respond. Try and locate any woodworking groups in your area, its the quickest way to make new friends and find great prices.
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