Asked on Apr 2, 2012

I shop at Menards and Lowes...rarely I get quality boards for my projects..can someone else suggest a different store?

Leslie DChristina HNichter's Home Services Corp


4 answers
  • Clay B
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Call a wholesaler like Aetna Plywood (Chicago area), and see if they can tell you of a few local lumber yards/millwork shops they sell to. I don't think Aetna Plywood sells to the public. Find out where cabinet makers get their wood. Sorry to say, you'd be hard pressed to find quality anything at Lowes (not familiar with Menards). Even ask a trim carpenter.

  • What kind of projects? I prefer loccally owned lumber yards and rarely buy from the big boxes

  • Christina H
    on Apr 3, 2012

    Ive built a buffet, china cabinet, media center, beds i'm working on a faux fireplace 6 ft book shelves wall shelves

  • Leslie D
    on Apr 3, 2012

    See if you have a Rockler nearby. Any time we've needed qualitiy wood, that's where we go. Lowes is fine for framing (although it's tough to even find straight studs there), but furniture building requires much higher quality and higher priced materials. If you don't have a Rocklers, google "Woodworking Supplies" for your area. Good luck!

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