TIPS ... discounted materials

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What are your tips/strategies re: getting discounted/free materials?

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

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Put masking tape on the end of your fingers when using super glue to keep you from gluing you fingers to your project.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Note to Jim, don’t put your fingers in the super glue. :)

Oh I never thought of that :))

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

The first section of our subdivision has been completed a year or so with section two starting I think in the spring. The general contractor keeps a 30’ dumpster in place for all the subs to use. Long story short, between the custom build cabinets, and all the other upgrades people want, I am a dumpster diver. Just tons of beautiful oak, cherry and pine “scraps.” On one occasion I found 4 dark rough cut boards about 8×6×4, turned out to be beautiful walnut. So check those dumpsters.

-- Jack

Someone actually threw a 8×6×4 piece of walnut in a dumpster, people never cease to amaze me! I have found some real nice cherry 4"x 4″×4′ used to put between pallets at work and best of all no nail holes!

-- -- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

I search through the maple when I’m at big box stores, sometimes I’ll find a piece of beautifully figured wood that is priced the same as the rest of the plain maple.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I haunt the Habitat For Humanity RESTORE. Lowe’s headquarters is local and frequently donates discontinued/overstock items to the stores in our area.

I also set up custom Google Alerts for things I need on Craigslist. For example:
lie nielsen in the search box will give you every Lie Nielsen item listed on Craigslist.

Habatat also has great prices on ugly laminate/Formica for tool table tops.

Check with your local stores who sell hot tubs and spas…many are imported in exotic hardwood crates thrown out back to be disposed of!

-- Might As Well Dance :

I used to drop by a custom door store. They used all manner of fine woods and I got lots of African mahogany, teak and so forth. The public would drop by and grab it for fire wood. In their ignorance, they’d burn 2″ × 12″ x 24" chunks of mahogany, teak and so forth.

My coat rack -family name-shelf on the creations page was all from their toss asides.