OPERATION: “Morning Wood”
Last Friday morning, close to two dozen woodworkers and wood enthusiasts descended upon a local wood source here in Cincinnati – Midwest Woodworking. The unassuming building from the outside houses some of the most impressive displays of wood hoarding and industrial equipment in the TriState region. Anyone present who had never visited Midwest WW had a glaze over their eyes in amazement. Here’s a Pinboard I’ve compiled of some of the sights from Midwest WW. The majority of pieces I’ve built in the last 4 years come from wood purchased there as well.
Chris Schwarz and I have written extensively about this goldmine as a source of materials for projects like the Anarchist’s Toolchest (perfect wide white pine) to his recent campaign furniture class that benefits from long, wide and clear South American Mahogany that would even make The Renaissance Woodworker look twice. My personal favorite is the sapele supply.
The owner of Midwest WW, Frank David has been out of commission lately due to some health issues, but he directed three of his employees remotely to run a morning of wood gluttony. For hours, folks dug through the decades old piles of mahogany, pine, sapele and walnut -pulling out boards as wide as 25″ for our next projects. The pricing was extremely reasonable considering the width and quality of some of these boards.
This event was a first, but shouldn’t be the last time people should head over to Midwest WW. You are probably best served giving them a call in advance. Their number is (513) 631-6684. Select option #8 for Mary, and let them know you want to buy some wood. The address is 4019 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati, OH.
Additional thanks to my friends at Gorilla Glue who were kind enough to provide free product (Polyurethane and PVA glues), along with some Gorilla Tough t-shirts for all of the attendees. I plan on using my polyurethane glue for the outdoor bench I’ll be building with the wood I purchased. It’s gonna need to be water proof.