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Hello from Central Illinois

Hi I'm new to the site and new to taking woodworking seriously, but not really new to woodworking. I've been reading posts on here for a few weeks, so I thought I'd join and say hello.

I'm looking to start my second major project. My first was a bed and chest of drawers for my 4 year old daughter. My second is what is making me take woodworking more seriously. I'm planning a sideboard for my dining room that unifies my two hobbies: Homebrewing and woodworking. It will house a mini-fridge for a kegerator :)

Thanks for all the help reading has already given me and the help sure to come.

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Welcome, Mike.
Where in Central IL are you?
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Decatur, IL, and I've just moved from Columbia, MO for work.

EDIT: I'll also say a bit more about myself. I'm pretty much an amateur woodworker, but I'm pretty familiar with tools an processes, as my father is an excellent woodworker and i've always been around woodworking tools. I have a decent set of tools, but none are as good as I'd like. I have an old craftsman radial arm saw, a cheap delta direct drive table saw, a smithy metal working lathe, mill, drill press combo I use for wood and metal, a cheap 1 3/4 HP plunge router I've built a table for, and a sundry of hand a power tools.

For work, I'm a philosophy professor, but don't hold that against me :)

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Welcome from ~25 miles south east of you.


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Glad to see some folks from central IL. Any ideas of where to get good wood? Er.. lumber?
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If you are looking for rough sawn there are several mills around. Macon, Moweaqua, Arthur, Argenta, Lovington...If you need planed lumber and sheet goods there are a few lumber yards in Decatur (can't vouch for any of them) And several places in Arthur with good stuff. I would watch Craigslist too, some dude(s) is/are always listing oak/cherry/walnut... for dirt cheap. Most of it right there in town or not too far.





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Welcome, I'm over the big river from you. Lot of good guys and good information to be found here!

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If you are looking for rough sawn there are several mills around. Macon, Moweaqua, Arthur, Argenta, Lovington...If you need planed lumber and sheet goods there are a few lumber yards in Decatur (can't vouch for any of them) And several places in Arthur with good stuff. I would watch Craigslist too, some dude(s) is/are always listing oak/cherry/walnut... for dirt cheap. Most of it right there in town or not too far.
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It will have to be planed lumber for now, I don't have the tools (or skills?) to handle rough sawn.

By the way, Daren, I looked at your website. Not only is your craftsmanship very impressive, but your urban logging approach is impressive.

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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Glad to see some folks from central IL. Any ideas of where to get good wood? Er.. lumber?
You'll have to visit CU Woodshop Supply in Champaign. The drool factor is off the charts! www.cuwoodshop.com
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