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Wherever you can.  A lot depends on the type of wood, how much you're looking for, how quickly you need it, and how you plan to use it.  If it's just for a single lure in balsa, I'll often get the wood at a local hobby shop, just because I can get it same day.  If it's cedar, then the local home improvement store will usually have that.  If it's going to be a bit more than just one lure, I might order online somewhere.  If I'm buying other parts at the same time, I may buy balsa from McMaster-Carr and get combined shipping.  Or I might buy from Amazon and get free shipping if it's just the wood, but need to make 30 or so lures.  If I'm buying a lot of wood (and not balsa), I'll get it from a local hardwood distributor.   Or if it is balsa, I'll shop around online to what deals are out there. 

 

It all depends on how much you need, how fast you need it, and how much you can spend.  Usually, the lower priced stores will fluctuate in their prices for wood, as wood costs are highly volatile.  So it pays to shop around and not always just rely on the same place every time.  Typically, the places that charge a consistent, flat rate tend to be a lot more expensive.  And shipping is expensive, so you'll want to find a local place is possible.  Plus, it's always better to check the wood out before you buy it, especially if you're investing a lot of money into it.  But if you're not buying a lot at once, it's probably going to be cheaper to buy one or two 2x2x4 blocks at an overpriced hobby store than to buy 10 board feet of 5/4 rough sawn lumber that you'll have to prep and store yourself.

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Balsa wood, hobby store.

Cedar and Basswood, hardwood store.

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On 10/29/2022 at 12:20 AM, Bdnoble84 said:

Cedar and pine- menards

 

Isn't cedar dust poisonous?

 

Allen 

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If you live in a rural area, check out your local sawmill. Around here, I have 3 to choose from, and I can get pine, white cedar, hemlock, locust, oak, hard maple, soft maple, willow, poplar, cherry, and others. Often you can get scraps or "seconds" that are not suitable for sale for building or major craft projects for next to nothing. We also have two companies that dry hardwood for various stores (Lowes, Home Depo and the like), and sometimes they have pieces that either curled badly or split, making them useless for normal resale. You can sometimes buy these pieces for the price of firewood.  I don't make wood lures, but my wife does some craft things, and I do a small amount of woodworking to make gifts, so I have picked up pieces of wood this way.

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6 hours ago, Munkin said:

 

Isn't cedar dust poisonous?

 

Allen 

Its not a great idea to breath it in. Definitely would advise wearing a mask. But im not sure on toxicity level

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51 minutes ago, Bdnoble84 said:

Its not a great idea to breath it in. Definitely would advise wearing a mask. But im not sure on toxicity level

The chemicals in most pine species, cedar among the worst, can cause chronic lung issues under repeated exposure.

 

Wearing a mask when working around any wood dust is a given for me...

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