Recommendation on where to order wood stock

I just ordered my nomad! Is there any recommendation on where I can order wood stocks? I want to get all my materials in place so I can hit the ground running by the time I get my nomad. Thanks!

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If you already have CNC experience then disregard this suggestion.

As someone that started with zero experience the suggestion I would make for those who are also starting with zero experience is to go to your local home depot or lowes and pick up wood flooring samples. These are really good for “practice” material. Where I live Home Depot gave them away for free, and Lowes charged 25 cents.

In general they are really flat, and easy to work with. Below is one me and my kid did when we were learning to use the Nomad 883.

We then started buying the Red Oak boards those same stores sold, now we have moved on to harder and better looking wood from but the price goes up.

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I have little CNC experience. I started with a Sherline desktop CNC milling aluminum. It will be my first time for wood. I was at Rockler over the weekend but wasn’t sure if there was a better alternative.


I recently placed an order for maple and cherry hardwood through Westwind Hardwood

They are based in Vancouver, Canada, but their prices are very reasonable. With the US dollar being strong against the Canadian dollar, it may end up being really good pricing for you US folks.

I had them make me 8" x 8" x 0.5" blanks and they look, and machine, great!

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You can get small quantities of LOTS of different materials over at Inventables.

They are on the more expensive side, but they will sell you loads of different things in tiny quantities you might be hard pressed to find elsewhere, and they are not secretive about their sources. I think the goal seems to be to let you try things - at a premium - and then go order your chosen materials in larger quantities, at much cheaper prices. And anyway it’s a fun store to look through - they have tons of cool materials.

If you live near a Dykes Lumber, then will sell you stuff by 1 foot lengths, and they stock some really beautiful stuff.

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thanks for all the suggestions! any recommendation for wood type to make eating utensils? spoons, spatulas etc?

@designxtek I’m not sure what the best would be, but I can tell you that, based on some research I did, Pine happens to have the best antimicrobial properties out of the woods. It’s a mixture of wood’s properties in general to absorb moisture (which doesn’t allow bacteria to grow) and pine’s relative softness vs. other woods that allows it to absorb more moisture than the harder woods.

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