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Where to buy single small piece of wood?

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Where to buy single small piece of wood?

I recently purchased a screw-mounted pull up bar that fits in my doorway. My problem is that the frame of the door is wider than the length of the bar at full extension. I'm looking for a small piece of wood about 4x4x4in that I can screw into the frame which I can then mount the bracket into. I checked the big box stores and it looks like I can only buy the entire post. Any suggestions?
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But really, if big box stores don't have an offcut bin somewhere, you could maybe try home hardware. I know the one by me (Stouffville), usually has a good supply of offcuts. Lumbermills would also have a good offcut bin as well.

All that said, as opposed to travelling all over the place, why not buy a 2x4 for $3 and call it a day? You'll have wood for future stuff as well!
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Aug 29, 2019
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If there's anyone building a fence or deck nearby, ask them for a piece of leftover 4x4.
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buy a 2x4, cut it in half, and you have a 4x4 up to 4 feet long.

your cost is around 3 bucks.
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Definitely ask in a big box store eg Home Depot, they usually have pieces for free by towards the end where they do the custom cuts.
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Goto home Depot, rona, lowes, etc. And see their lumber department that does custom cutting. There are lots of wood scrap to freely take there.
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I always see scrap 2x4's all over the place, around constructions sites, at home improvement stores, in my garage, etc. Like rocking23nf said, double up on the 2x4's and you have 4x4's. Your friend/neighbour could probably give or help you get some 2x4's and make them into 4x4's.
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Not sure if the dimensions matter in OP's scenario, but combining double 2x4 doesn't give the same dimensions of a 4x4...

4x4 is actually 3.5" x 3.5".
2x4 is actually 1.5" x 3.5".

Combining double 2x4 gives you 3" x 3.5"
rocking23nf wrote: buy a 2x4, cut it in half, and you have a 4x4 up to 4 feet long.

your cost is around 3 bucks.
gumby wrote: I always see scrap 2x4's all over the place, around constructions sites, at home improvement stores, in my garage, etc. Like rocking23nf said, double up on the 2x4's and you have 4x4's. Your friend/neighbour could probably give or help you get some 2x4's and make them into 4x4's.
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