I have a couple of friends just down the road who asked me if I could build two benches for their dining room table. Since I don’t sleep much, and I gave up Television for Lent, I said “Sure, why not?”. Before I could start, I needed some wood. I took a ride with my buddy Ed down to Vintage Lumber in Woodsboro, MD. The first thing you see when you go to vintage lumber is the dust collection system. I don’t care what kind of dust collector you have, Alex has a bigger one.
While they are famous for their reclaimed vintage hardwoods, they also sell new kiln dried woods as well. I got about 30 board feet of 4/4 white oak for the project. Alex gave me a good price, about half of what I would have paid at the local HD, but of a higher quality.
Alex has a huge shop where they prep old and new wood and turn it into flooring, mouldings, beams, etc. I will have to come back one day and take some better pictures and maybe a field trip over to his storage building. I think you could fit three of my houses in it. But unfortunately, I was in a hurry today. For now, there is a link to his website on my blog if you want more info. Picking up the wood was all I had time for today, so here are a few shots of his shop. Check back tomorrow and I should be starting to mill down the wood and glue it up.