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So, I bought the following tools and read up on a bunch of wood working articles before even looking at the price of wood!

I was shocked to find out how expensive wood is when i finally to my visit to the lumber yard at lowes..

I went to buy 2' of mapple wood sheet about 1" deep.. to make my first wood project.. a "cutting board"..

My jaw dropped with i saw 24$ price tag on wood sheet.

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I was shocked to find out how expensive wood is when i finally to my visit to the lumber yard at lowes..
There's part of your problem. You're likely to pay less, get more selection, and have better quality from some place that sells mostly wood as opposed to one of the big box stores like Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

4/4 (four quarters) - 5/4 maple which ends up around 3/4" and 1" respectively after milling can be had for $4 per board foot (one square foot of lumber 4/4 thick or 144 cubic inches before it's milled to make it flat with parallel faces) which is $4/square foot for 4/4 and $5 for 5/4. If you lack a local lumber yard that has what you want you can buy online with pictures of your specific boards often available for exotic and figured woods.

Exotic (from far off places like Africa or with unusual figure) woods can be a lot dearer. Nice Gabon ebony runs about $100/bf.

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Hi Nefris

Welcome to the Router Forums.

Now you know why solid wooden furniture cost as much as it does.
Like Drew says look around for the best prices on the woods you want to use. Some times you can buy what you want, pay shipping and still save money.

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Nefris; can you be more specific as to where you live? You'll likely get some really helpful leads on wood sourcing in your particular neck of the woods.
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Here's a bit of an idea of what's available from a hardwood supplier...
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There's part of your problem. You're likely to pay less, get more selection, and have better quality from some place that sells mostly wood as opposed to one of the big box stores like Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

4/4 (four quarters) - 5/4 maple which ends up around 3/4" and 1" respectively after milling can be had for $4 per board foot (one square foot of lumber 4/4 thick or 144 cubic inches) which is $4/square foot for 4/4 and $5 for 5/4. If you lack a local lumber yard that has what you want you can buy online with pictures of your specific boards often available for exotic and figured woods.

Exotic (from far off places like Africa or with unusual figure) woods can be a lot dearer. Nice Gabon ebony runs about $100/bf.

Wow.. Thank you very much for that info. Those are much better prices. I did notice from the replies and welcomes that members tend to buy easily from online and have delivered.

I'll be more specific as to where i'm residing. I Commute between Quincy, Ma and Providence Rhode Island on a daily basis.
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Nefris; can you be more specific as to where you live? You'll likely get some really helpful leads on wood sourcing in your particular neck of the woods.
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I'll be more specific as to where i'm residing. I Commute between Quincy, Ma and Providence Rhode Island on a daily basis. The two towns are about an 1hour drive. I don't know how to search up on local lumber mills or similar.

I do have my spring-summer part-time employer, "Lennin's Tree cutting service" Spoke to him today, and he said i can help myself to as much oak pine and mapple wood as i would like for free..

When i say spring-summer part-time employer is because i have worked 2 seasons for him, but hardly had chance to learn about wood from him since he was always up on a tree and i was the helper work work work

I don't know how i would do to strip the wood since its whole and most range about 2 feet length and same or smaller for width. I can always ask him to aid me on this. but any ideas would be great.?

The kind of projects I'm looking forward to, are beginners projects like; "cutting board as first, small 18" table with a drawer, and a study desk for my 2 year old daughter. those should be my 3 first projects.

as soon as i get my 10 post, I'll post pictures of my bits since i'm totally clueless on the purpose for each and there is only so much i can understand. today afternoon, i'll get scrap wood and test each one
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Netris, do you have a Woodcraft near you? I strongly reccomend a class with them. Good overview of tools and techniques. For my first class some years ago I built a 13" dia. candletable. Used every major tool a bit. It helped with familiarity, safety and confidence.

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Netris, do you have a Woodcraft near you? I strongly reccomend a class with them. Good overview of tools and techniques. For my first class some years ago I built a 13" dia. candletable. Used every major tool a bit. It helped with familiarity, safety and confidence.

I will search for this right away.. Thanks

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Aha! You DO have access to hardwood!! You don't realize how potentially fortunate you are. If you can transport the wood, the longer the lengths he'll buck up for you the better.
Two choices:
-invest in an Alaska Chainsaw Mill, and chainsaw with a rip blade. (ie do it all yourself)
-find someone with a bandsaw type portable sawmill, or a big bandsaw...agree to split the wood with him...1/2 for you, 1/2 for him for ripping the wood into 5/4 planks. Then stack the wood in a dry place out of direct sun...'sticker' the planks...a very thin piece of wood between each layer of planks for ventilation.
Wait for a year or two...
Don't worry two much about some bark/wain on the edges...it'll come off when you get around to actually working with it.
You know you've got access to a valuable resource, eh? A little trailer, or a van, would make it a lot easier to salvage 6'+ lengths of trunk. Nice little sideline.
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