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Sure there may be an instance where you get a 3/4" piece of lumber and you plan to take it so say 5/8" or so, but for my money I'll stick to rough cut.
Besides, flattening a pieces of lumber by hand is just plain enjoyable. Plus it's the one thing that will quickly warm you up on those cold winter mornings when you first walk in the shop.
You might try Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte, MI. They will ship any quantity of wood (rough or finished) to you. I've been a satisfied customer of Johnson's for years. Their website is: http://theworkbench.com/
Best of luck!
I don't know if this will be helpful, but Groff and Groff lumber south of Lancaster, PA has a wonderful selection of lumber in the rough. http://www.groffslumber.com/
All the domestics you could want plus plenty of exotics if that is your thing. They are a sawmill so they can custom cut whatever you want. They ship too, but that is obviously not near as good as selecting the wood yourself. A good, independent company.
My parents died and it was up to the kids to fix up their house and sell it. My brother, the architect and general contractor from a little town in Virginia and I, former carpenter did the work. We would show in Dayton, Ohio and go at it. He would got to Home Depot and buy his lumber. I had never set foot in one of them and the experience was nauseating. I said, "Don't you buy your lumber at a lumber yard. How can you buy your lumber in a store with UPC codes on each stick?" He shrugged.
And I think this is just a harbinger of things to come. People have given up variety and quality in exchange to save a penny.
I live about a 20 minute drive from a mill. I buy rough cut 15/16 inch kiln dried lumber and plane it down to about 7/8 inch, and then sticker it on a rack in my basement shop area for about 2 months before using. I have an occasional wild piece of wood, but usually there is very little wood movement.
I use mostly red oak, and some maple and cherry.
The mill is Bell Forest Products and the majority of their sales are online.
Check them out, they claim to have lowest shipping prices online - but I can't verify that.
Standard disclaimer - no connection to company.
And condon. (Maurice Condon) not sure if the spelling is right.
There is also roberts plywood
For a great list of lumber availability in the us go to woodfinder.com
Thanks for this post! As a neophyte I didn't understand why my "store-bought" stock did what it did, and now I know why! The supposed time savings coupled with the frustration caused by having to get more stock come at a higher "personal cost" than starting with rough stock and following the multiple steps you explained. Thanks again for this insghtful post!
I really hate to post this for everyone to see, but I've been to visit Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, PA and it was like a candy store. I am not exaggerating when I say I thought about buying a full trailerload to have it shipped to CA, where I used to live (I was in PA visiting family). His prices are the best I've seen, and his quality is better than I've ever found. Website's not the greatest though.
Louis Irion's the owner, and he's a former professional reproduction furniture maker, so he know very well what we want, and he's generally just a great guy. If he wasn't so nice to me, I'd keep the yard a secret for myself...
(I'm not affiliated with Irion in any way)
P.S. I'm very happy with the Ashley Isles tools I bought last December, and I plan to be a repeat customer soon. Thanks for the Blog!
I just started working for a large lumber supplier to help them establish an ecommerce presence. As you say, the truth is really that the hobby and amateur woodworkers buy so little compared to even a mid sized shop. Compare this to the window and door or millwork shops and even the mid size furniture shop is next to nothing in quantity. When we the woodworker go into a yard, the lumber in the racks may have lived in 3 or 4 yards already before ending up there. There are many middle men in this industry from the forest to the lumber rack. When a supplier tells you they can only provide planed stock then that is probably because the people that supply them only provide it that way. 90% of the users don't want the hassle of planing it themselves so as you move upstream in the supply chain, vendors are trying to make their customers happy and milling the wood before hand. Honestly, if you work with a firm that imports or sources directly from the sawyer then you should have the option of rough or planed.