Wood for furniture building...

Wood for furniture building...

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Painted Post, NY

#1 Dec 13, 2012
I just finished, other than final touches on the finish, building us a new kitchen table... made out of stuff laying around the garage... and it looks ok but as it was built from extra wood - that means pine... and though it will work for the kitchen table - pine isn't my favorite for furniture...

The next project is going to be a new coffee table and a pair of end table... and while the local big box ( hardware ) stores have a selection of poplar, oak and maple... the pieces are kind of limited and expensive and you, at least at the store(s) near me, really pick and choose to make sure you get something that isn't warped or going to warp on ya...

Not only that... but I wanted to make the new furniture out of cherry wood and they don't have that...

So the questin is... does anyone know of any stores / shops that has and sells cherry wood at a reasonable price... not necessarily even finished wood i.e. a friend of mine has a mids-zed planer that I can run quarter saw / similar through if needed...

Thanks in advance !

Buffalo, NY

#2 Dec 13, 2012
You can really make some beautiful stuff out of reclaimed wood. I don't know of any place in particular that sells cheaper cherry (my favorite of all the woods next to brazilian mahogany). I love rich deep colored wood.

Maybe you can scour craigslist materials section for leftovers that contractors don't use?

Painted Post, NY

#3 Dec 13, 2012
I have done some stuff with oak that I pulled from pallets before... mostly using it for things like trim work on shelving and cabinets... and you're right that it does look nice and of course has the added benefit of being free...

The one gotcha is you're pretty much limited to oak... and you have to let the wood sit / dry because a lot of it is still pretty green... and a heads up - it's a good idea to stay away from ones that originate outside of the USA... because they often spray those with some pretty nasty insecticides...

Just finished putting the final coat - or at least what I hope is the final coat - on the new kitchen table... the 9th layer of polyurethane... needless to say... it's pretty darn glossy... lol

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Dec 13, 2012
There is a lumber mill out on Day Hollow Rd in Owego. Perhaps you could buy directly from them.

Painted Post, NY

#7 Dec 14, 2012
I'll check it out...

A neighbor also read my post and then yours... and said he might know a place ( a mill just down in PA also ) that might have what I'm looking for...

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