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Hardwoods Source in South Central PA

Wanted to pass along a hardwoods source I use here in south central PA. Place called TBM Hardwoods in Hanover, PA. Their warehouse is a little strange because they're still setting up a retail operation but it's the best place I've found in the area. Check them out on www.tbmhardwoods.com.

On another note, I'm turning candle sticks out of cherry, but I'm reading now that cherry is really tuff to finish properly. I want a dark finish. Is gel stain best or is a pre-mix stain with varnish better?
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Welcome to the forum. Cherry isn't that difficult to get a good finish on. If you want dark, try an aniline dye. I made a table top for a buddy of mine and it had to match an existing dining room set that was a deep maroon color. I used the water based dye from Transtint. Got it at the local Woodcraft store. Follow the directions and it's easy. I sanded to 220 then dampened the wood with a damp cloth. Let it dry and it raised the grain just a tad. Sand lightly one more time to get rid of the fuzz. Then use the dye. It went on evenly and dried quickly. If you want it darker you can put on additional coats. Make sure you wear rubber gloves. The dye won't hurt you, it just takes a week or two to wear off your fingers. I used a General Finishes wipe on poly once everything dried overnight. Again, follow the directions on the can. The first coat will dry and look crappy. Don't worry about it. Subsequent coats will even the finish out and look great.
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It may be a good source for hardwoods but where is there price list ?
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That's one I haven't heard since high school. Great idea. I'll track some down and try it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Can't answer that one. It would be a great addition. Next time I'm in there I'll make the suggestion.
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