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Old 07-01-2015, 12:04 AM
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I am researching EVERYTHING to do with owning a CNC (have the Stinger 1 on the top of the list). My question is where do you guys get your wood for V-Carving signs. Home Depot and Lowes carry nominal 1" x 8" in Southern Yellow Pine but I was told that it "fuzzes up" making finishing more labor intensive. I see they sell Birch, Oak, and Cherry in nominal boards also but seem high for what you get. I am located in Northeast Pennsylvania. Should I be looking at a "84 Lumber" or something like that? Something other than a big box store?
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:02 AM
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Try Hearne Hardwoods.
http://www.hearnehardwoods.com/

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Old 07-01-2015, 04:37 AM
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If you're in NE PA, you should be able to find lots of great hardwoods. There has to be mills there, because I meet log trucks on the highways there all the time. Maple & Cherry both rout cleanly. You'll have more trouble finding someone with a kiln to dry it.
None of the box stores carry what you'll want to use, & Michael's suggestion is undoubtably a good one. If you get to know someone who has a sawmill though, you'll have access to all sorts of stuff most can't get .... like "live-edge" boards, & custom thicknesses.
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:55 AM
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Try Hearne Hardwoods.
http://www.hearnehardwoods.com/

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Old 07-01-2015, 08:56 AM
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I rarely purchase any of my hardwoods from the BORGs. I would find your local hardwood lumber supplier, sawmills etc, the prices are better and the quality is MUCH better. I would also search your local craigslist. I have picked up numerous lots of lumber very inexpensively......
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:04 PM
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I buy all my hardwood kiln dried and either rough sawn or skip planed. I can buy fine quality red oak, white oak, cherry, walnut, maple, Eastern red cedar and some other species from a local sawmill. I flatten it, resaw it if necessary and plane it to exact thickness as needed. I was a woodworker for decades before I was a CNC router operator. It is sometimes tough to get what you need when you don't have the equipment to prepare your raw material. If you were near me, I would be happy to supply what you need at a very nominal markup. Perhaps you could find someone like me in your area who is willing to work with you without ripping you off.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:00 PM
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Find out who your local cabinet maker/millwork shops are buying from. If looking for small qtys you can probably buy from them or the distributor that services that market. Search hardwood lumber distributors..
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:22 PM
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If you are doing small signs and plaques, you can buy material that has been cut to certain standard sizes on the internet. There are also at least a couple of places that sell western cedar or redwood blanks in the 3 - 5 foot range. Here are links to a couple of places just as an example. I have never bought anything from either of them. I am sure there are lots of other places too.

http://www.allwoodsignblanks.com/index.html

http://www.rwne.com/sowopl.html
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:38 PM
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If you can't find it local and have to go online, Baird Brothers in Ohio is worth checking out:

www.bairdbrothers.com
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:43 PM
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I'm not sure if they offer glued up/cut to size blanks, but Bell Forest Products has one of the best selections of wood species that I have seen:
www.bellforestproducts.com

Awesome webstore with a pic of most every unique piece
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