Keep your chin up. Everthing will come in time. I have seen some good advice here. Lumber yards can be found other than home depot and lowes. Start with wood finder and the yellow pages. I live in the Triad of NC. I found it strange that with all the furniture companies around here that I could not find good sources for lumber at first. Then I looked a little closer and asked a lot of larger businesses about what I needed. Some were helpful and others were not. With persistance I found several locations with in an easy drive. Good luck on your quest, and don't give up.