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Old 06-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Finding Cheap Beginning Blanks

Hey!, Brand new to the forums I have been snooping around and decided to make an account. Anyways, i had a question. I was wondering where you guys would recommend finding cheap blanks just to start out, I live in Canada and so I have been getting them from Lee Valley Tools however the price adds up very fast when your learning. So where do you recommend i find blank preferably from Canada!
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want wood blanks I can set you up with a good selection with no problem, just send a pm with what you are looking for.

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Go to the lumberyard and buy a hardwood board, maybe 3/4 inch thick. Slice it into blank sized pieces on your tablesaw or bandsaw. Try some cut at a diagonal to the grain as well as with the grain for some challenge. I cut my own blanks from deadfall wood as well and find a few treasure in the process.
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If you pay shipping, I'll fill a flat rate box for you with cherry, maple, olive wood and a few special ones.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Go by a local cabinet shop and ask if you can scrounge through their cut-off bins.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I make a lot of my own using large limbs from pecan, mulberry, apricot trees etc. What ever is handy. Just cut to lenght trim and have fun.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lumber yard, demolition sites, construction sites, busted up furniture from the dump and or second hand stores, your yard, the neighbor who just trimmed his fruit trees, side of the road, that ugly stump your aunt has been complaining about the dead stick that was too cool to throw in the camp fire, plus several others......and thats just for wood!

Old bowling balls, plastic boxes can be cut up and segmented, vinyl records from yard sales, plastic tool handles, old Corina counter tops ask one of the local kitchen remodeling companies they usually have piles of scrap laying around......and thats without casting anything. Buy yourself a jug of PR and you can literally make blanks from moose poo!

Or you could just ask here! I think most of us have sent a new turner a box of wood at one time or another.....including myself.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Man. If I bought wood for everything I ever turned, I'd be a very poor man.

I don't ever buy wood unless it's something I can't harvest right here on the N. American continent.

For pen sized blanks, there's more stuff just sitting around for free than you could shake stick at (no play on words intended).

I get a lot of mine from the cabinet shop where I work. I'll just be passing by the dumpster or trash can and spy that offcut knot, and I just have to have that pretty piece of wood...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi Chris,

Try William Wood-Write at William Wood-Write Ltd.
Bill and Lillian run a company out of Guelph Ontario that has everything you need. They have wood blank bundles that are very reasonable. They also have acrylic etc. Also try the IAP vendors. Many of them have reasonable USPS shipping to Canada and are also great to deal with.

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By The Road! Just like all the rest of us have done for years.
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