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Here in Northern California, my local home centers and lumber yards only carry red oak and poplar for hardwoods. With the exception of Lowes which has some very hi-grade clear pine. I've also found a cabinet shop that will let search their scrap bins but its pretty rare to find anything more than 12" long.

I would really like to work with some other varieties of wood. Theres lots on ebay, but shipping is way high. I found several other online sources that sell "craft" or "project" paks that include shipping. Does anyone have any experience with these types of companies? Or any recommendations?

Thanks, Rusty
 

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Rusty,
These guys are about 500 miles north of you. I work next door and they are really there for the woodworker and finish carpenter. I try to buy most of my materials from them and they also have an extensive library of Shopnotes and Woodsmith back issues.
http://www.hardwoodssupply.com/
I don't know what shipping arrangements and prices are but Lee will help you with any question.
Good luck in your pursuits. -Derek
 

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Hi Rusty

"cabinet shop that will let search their scrap bins" = Free is always the best and you have the tool to make them longer, all you need is the right router bit. :)

In freight can make a good deal a bad deal on most of the wood on ebay and most like to over charge on the shipping cost to make up what they didn't get for the item they sold. :( i.e. I just got a item from ebay Fri.and he charge 14.95 shipping and the stamp on it was .63cents on the package.
buyer beware on most of the ebay items. :)


Finger Joint Bit
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shop...thtml/pages/bt_windo.html#finger_joint_anchor

http://grizzly.com/
This is the one I have and it works best for me = Part # c1682 Plus they two others c1799z , c1367
http://www.grizzly.com/products/c1682

Note***in the manual (PDF) for the Grizzly finger bit you will see the grain this not the norm when you router on the end of the board.
see snapshot below.
They make tons of molding,door frame,mop boards,etc. with the finger joints because it's hard to find stock that's true at 8ft to 12ft long and knot free.
They also cut long stock down to remove the bad parts and then run them by the finger bit and glue them up, some are prepainted but not all.

Bj :)
 

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Hi, I have bought all of my box making woods ( 1/8,1/4, 3/8 and 1/2) stock from Sloan Hardwoods. They are in Tennesee. I don't know what they would charge to ship to you but I have had very good luck and the stock it always top notch. Not fancy wood but always get good flat straight stocka nd sometimes you get that special crotch piece or curly piece in there!
http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/hardwoods.htm


Corey

Got to look around on ebay. I just bought 35 lbs. of cherry 4 x 4 turning blocks and it cost me 24.95 shipped. I thought it was a pretty darn good deal.
 
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