Is it better to use wood that is readily available than spending time, energy, shipping and gas looking for either reclaimed or FSC certified wood?
I have 4 Hardware/Lumberyards within 7 miles from my house. In searching for baseboards and plywood, none of them stocked FSC wood. Searching on Craigslist and Freecycle, any available reclaimed was the wrong size or they were just too far away to go and get.
- Cut and Dried Hardware: Has to order FSC wood
- Dixieline: Didn’t know what FSC wood was.
- Ace Hardware- Didn’t check them as they don’t stock much in the store.
- Home Depot- Has Eco Options available in baseboard, but they were out of stock. No FSC plywood in stock. Employees didn’t know what FSC was.
I ended up buying some of my baseboard at Dixieline because they were the only ones that stocked the product. Home Depot finally got the Eco-Options back in stock, so I ordered 12 Ft from them. The Eco Options is a tad off from the MDF, but it would work, as it was going into closets.
- Dixieline- MDF baseboard $.77 a foot.
- Home Depot: MDF baseboard= $.84 a foot
- Home Depot: Eco Options baseboard= $1.34 a foot
The funny thing: Yesterday, after I already bought the plywood and painted the baseboard, Plywood for FREE came up on Craigslist right in my area.
Moral of the Story: Good things happen to those who have time and patience.