I took Bob's advice a couple of years ago and found myself a northern Indiana rural lumber yard (near our lake place) that sells really great woods - walnut, cherry, oak, etc. The price is about 1/3 per foot of what I could get at a box store. The downside is that you must have a planer because they don't come finished on the sides, however the variety of sizes is incredible. They mostly have 8' and 10' lengths, but they can be 14" wide and 2" deep too. They cut to what you want, as long as you don't just leave a few (2-3) feet of a board for them to sell.
They also had a 8' piece, 4" deep, walnut with a rough side that would be perfect for a lazy epoxy river table. It was about 4' wide too. Unfortunately, it was also around $800 if I remember right and I don't need a large table right now.
Finding this lumber yard greatly increased the quality of work I could do, especially since I've moved on to furniture for family members.
I too have access to a couple of small sawmills. Glad to have them. We are thinking about moving back to south Alabama, not sure what I would have there. We are in Scottsdale, AZ now "Grand-dog" sitting. I have been getting ready for Cut2D when we get back home. I have been watching Videos by Mark Lindsay. He is very good and puts it so simple that even I can follow. There are 15 of these tutorials call "Aspire Cut2D and VCarve For Absolute Beginners". Here is a link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD_O2rCHvFI&list=PLLuYLaC3-QRNuVTej2P5emp1D4_Tm774p&index=3 . He has many other videos also. I haven't even looked at Vectric's tutorials yet.
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2019 14:37:16 GMT -8 by FatPoppy