Where to Buy Wood
Big Box Stores
The most convenient place to buy wood is probably from your local Home Depot or Lowe’s type of place. And, its what I (Emily) tend to do. It’s been milled, it’s ready for me to cut to size and create with. But, they do have a limited selection. You’ll find the standards like Oak, Pine, (a little) Alder, birch and poplar. But, you’ll pay a little more.
If you are wanting anything exotic (or more of a selection than the big boxes), you’ll have to go to a wood dealer. Which…can be a tad more complicated. It will be a warehouse type place, but the boards will be roughly milled. Not consistent lengths or widths. You’ll probably want to have a planer to be buying from a wood dealer.
It’s really fun to go to a wood dealer warehouse and just walk around. It smells good, and it’s fun to compare how the woods differ in their natural color & grain.
When buying from a wood dealer, you’ll be buying by the board foot. A board foot is 12″x12″x1″ thick. Here’s the new lingo to know. A 1″ thick board is not called 1″. It’s call ’4 quarter.’ If your board is 2″ thick, it’s called 8/4 (eight quarter).
Often prices won’t be posted. I just go to the counter and ask prices then yell them back to Scott as he’s out in the yard selecting wood. I’m sure they love when women come in…