Your next project calls for quilted maple? Dig through the home-center bins containing standard flatsawn maple and you may be rewarded for your effort. Figured pieces typically don't get sorted out from the rest and cost the same as less attractive pieces.
A Google alert scans the web 24/7 for any item you name and sends you an email when it's found. Set alerts to look for mentions about lumber, auctions, estate sales, and yard sales that may include woodworking supplies and lumber.
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Search online or in your regional yellow pages for mills or sawyers. Sure, you'll have to plane and joint the wood yourself, but the savings are worth it. Your woodworking club or guild may have existing connections with a local mill and maybe discounts too.
For a guide to understanding hardwood lumber grades and board feet, visit woodmagazine.com/shophardwood.
Hardwood lumber dealers typically give price reductions for high-volume purchases -- usually beginning at 100 board feet. Don't need that much lumber? Combine your order with friends or fellow woodworking club members to take advantage of volume discounts.
Find a local sawyer with this online directory: woodmagazine.com/findasawyer.