I’ve got a great wood supplier that’s only about a 20 minute drive from my house. Tommila Brothers have a great selection of locally grown lumber including Red & White Oak, Cherry, Birch, Black Walnut, Hickory and Eastern White Pine among others. They are also one of those places where you can get Kiln dried rough or S4S lumber. Most of what I have purchased has been the S4S since I don’t yet have a thickness planer.
Last year, right around my birthday, my father and brother-in-law both won gift certificates to Tommila’s at a local home show. I dropped a couple of not-so-subtle hints that these gift certificates would make a great birthday present. Money for wood is always a nice thing to have, and sometimes seems hard to come by. So I ordered 50 board feet of S4S White Oak and with the gift certificates it only cost me $20! Trust me, that is a heck of a deal!
So Chuck, at Tommila’s, took my order and let me know it might be a couple weeks before the order’s ready. He even offered to drop it off at my house since he drives that way to get home each day. Four days later I got a call that my lumber order was ready and Chuck would be dropping it off that night.
I had already cleared a spot on my enclosed front porch to stack my loot, making it a nice easy shot to unload. When Chuck arrived, I grabbed the top board on a stack of about 7 pieces. I place the board down on the front porch and turn to see chuck carrying the whole stack…!
All I could do was laugh and try and explain away the fact that I sit on my butt each day in front of a computer talking on the phone. I quickly grabbed the next stack of Oak, hoping that I wouldn’t embarrass myself any further!