TM reader Steve writes: “The Tool Tlak podcasts have been (happily) woodworking-heavy lately, and I wanted to add this to your suggestion to visit your local hardwood supplier. Here on the west side of LA there are a few dealers, but I have been generally unhappy with their selection and prices. I could drive and go find stuff — and love to do so — but I’d rather spend my weekends building. During a recent remodel, I wanted a custom vanity that was really more furniture like — I built my kitchen cabinets as well, but they were MDF boxes on toe-kicks essentially. I found this website that offers a huge selection of woods, great descriptions, and excellent value, especially compared to my local suppliers.
“Their best deals are on their ‘Project Packs’ (20 bd.ft.) and ‘Craft Packs’ (10 bd.ft.) which are value priced and include shipping. My 20 bd.ft. of Bubinga was about $250 including shipping, it arrived very well packed (stacked and wrapped in cardboard and shrink) and was an excellent board selection. You can contact them if you have special needs and they guys there even have a great sense of humor.”
“I know most Toolmongers (including myself) would rather hand-pick their boards, but these are guys that I can trust to do it for me when I don’t have that luxury.”
Woodworker’s Source [Corporate Site]