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Jeff retired from the premium lumber business.  

 

Crown Timberyard has taken over, in many ways, from Jeff. 

WoodProjectSource also has a variety of timbers.

 

Have a look here... http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/384-where-to-buy-wood/   It lists these and other suppliers.

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Have some inventory left over and I'm planning on having a sale after the Holidays.  I'll post details here on MSW when I am ready for the sale.  Also I would recommend Crown Timberyard as a great alternative to my products.

 

Cheers,

 

Jeff Hayes

HobbyMill

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On 12/25/2015 at 1:59 AM, mtaylor said:

Jeff retired from the premium lumber business.  

 

Crown Timberyard has taken over, in many ways, from Jeff. 

WoodProjectSource also has a variety of timbers.

 

Have a look here... http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/384-where-to-buy-wood/   It lists these and other suppliers.

I see Crown Timberyard is also now out of business. Anyone have a good source still in business as of February 2020?

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No unfortunately in the USA there are no longer sources for milled strips of Boxwood,  holly or Swiss Pear.   There are only a few businesses left and they are all outside of the USA.  I am afraid that the only way folks are going to get stripwood like this moving forward is to invest in a good hobby saw like the Byrnes and buy sheets to mill your own strips.  Not only is it cheaper but after a short time you will get really good at it.

 

you can find domestic stuff like basswood or cherry but the sizes are limited.  Taking your models to the next level means learning how to use a saw like the Byrnes saw to rip your own strips.  Its not a good business to be in and it is unlikely that anyone will jump into this space to replace hobbymill.   

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I have a Byrnes saw and can do a reasonable job of ripping my own, in fact I did for my current model since I couldn’t find anything and still had a few billets from Jeff. It’s just that I prefer not to, I don’t do it enough to be good at it and I don’t have the proper ventilation to rip something like ebony. 
 

Even with that, I’m still looking for a source for quality woods in sheets in 3-5mm thicknesses. I’ll try some of the sites listed.  I do miss Hobby Mill, didn’t realize how good I had it with Jeff. 

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On 2/18/2020 at 5:25 AM, Chuck said:

 Taking your models to the next level means learning how to use a saw like the Byrnes saw to rip your own strips.

I'm a long ways away from being able to scratch build a model from the architectural drawings but I would like to be able to substitute better quality wood for the wood supplied in some of the kits that I'm interested in building. So many kits have mediocre or even poor quality wood in them that it's difficult to get the kind of sharp edges and smoothly sanded surfaces that I want on the model. So maybe a Byrnes saw will be the first tabletop machine that I buy.

 

Bob

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21 hours ago, blumenfe said:

Still hoping to find a source in either Canada or the US that sells precision milled hardwood for model ships.  Anyone find another source that is taking over from Hobby Mill and Crown Timberyard?  I'm hoping to not have to rip my own.

 

Not yet that I'm aware of.  Some of the wood companies on this side of the pond sell wood in manageable sizes but not much in way of what we traditionally use

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4 hours ago, blumenfe said:

Well, crap.  What is everyone doing, then?  I guess I need to get a Byrnes saw.

 

Yep. And then some. Get a Byrnes saw, a Byrnes thickness sander, a bandsaw, and a perhaps a decent hand plane if you don't want to spring for a jointer. That will enable you to mill whatever you need from billets cut from many species of excellent modeling woods that can be had for nothing. Box, pear, and the other commercially sold species are great, but you have so much more to chose from once you become self-sufficient. Even some woods from old discarded furniture can be turned into fine modeling stock. The machines do cost money, but you get a good return on them if you ever sell them used and the savings over buying milled wood pays for them in short order. One of the biggest benefits is that you can always cut the sizes you want, rather than hunting for hard to find dimensions.

 

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I've ordered pear for my Syren (below) from The Lumberyard (based in Ohio).  It's supposed to arrive sometime this week.   I've also been tempted to purchase a Byrnes, but six bucks for the material I need is fantastic, assuming the quality is good.

 

Item:1 - Qty:4, Pear Wood - 2` x 24` (1/16), Price:$6.00

 

Alan

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There used to be a loop hole where if you got a company to post to someone in the US and they forwarded to you marking the item as a present you didn't pay the duty. I believe they have closed that now.

 

My wife brought me the Lauck Street 'Fair American' and really got stung. To be honest, if she had known about the extra cost, it would not have got purchased. I have never brought anything direct from the US since.

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5 hours ago, glbarlow said:

Seems like that’s a UK thing not a US one. I buy lots of modeling related stuff from the UK and have none of that. 

Yes it seems  to be a one way thing, as the majority of products from the states attract either import duty , VAT or both!!

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