Reader Michael S. asks about something that’s been on our “to do” list for at least a year now: He wants to know where to find birch lumber. It seems Michael can find all the birch-veneered ply in the world but can’t locate enough solid stock to do furniture and cabinetry projects.
You’re not alone in this, Michael. We’ve been looking for a good source of this nice, smooth wood ourselves. At this point we aren’t even really picky — rough stock or not, we’ll make do. Birch works nicely and features smooth grain patterns, and we often wonder why it’s not available everywhere. It would stand to reason folks would want to work with it.
So we put it to you Toolmongers: Do you know a good source for solid birch, that’ll help lovers of that yellow, wavy grain pattern get going? Or should we move to a different stock that’ll be cheaper and more accessible in the long run? Let us know in comments.