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#1 posted 04-24-2014 04:20 PM

Hello Ty:
See you posted this over a month ago, hope this information still helps.

First, not sure your research is quite up to date on a few places:

- Lumber Products in Chandler has not open for business when I stopped by last December, the website now forwards to Rugby Architectural Building Products on the far west side of Phoenix. Have never worked with Rugby.

- Chandler Hardwoods closed maybe 5 years ago. John Powers bought the assets and moved it and his nearby cabinet shop “Powers Wood Source” to a location on Arizona Ave. Powers has had classified ads last fall for 50% off lumber. When I picked up some wood a few months ago, he shared the discount was due to losing his lease and that he had to move by summer Their website used to be Powers is really a custom wood shop that sells hardwood lumber on the side IMHO. Almost all of his lumber is rough sawn. Have to be careful about quality as some of it has been stored for years under partial coverage awnings. The stuff I got was covered in AZ dust storm dirt, and had a slightly higher than normal waste due excess end checking from extended storage. Despite losses, and some extra prep time, I still got a great deal. Powers will clean up the rough stuff with surface plane and straight line tools, but it costs more.

- Arizona hardwoods was temporarily closed last year. Heard in November they were going to re-open in 2014, but I haven’t been by there to check the recent status. Maybe someone else has more recent news.

Comments on the rest:

Trio Forest Products only sells paint grade softwood for carpentry and home building. But if you need custom milled trim molding they can do it.

Spellman carries a large selection of domestic and imported lumber. They have one of the best selections of veneered plywood in the city. Have only used them a few times, and they seem to dislike dealing with non-commercial woodworkers. I always get treated like second class citizen when I go there, even if I am buying $1500 in high end veneer plywood. The “cash” prices have always been higher than anyone else I quoted.

Superior Hardwoods focuses on domestic hardwood and veneers for the local cabinet businesses. They were more pleasant to deal with than Spellman, but don’t carry as many species/grades of plywood. Prices are competitive locally, but not inexpensive.

Both Spellman and Superior use volume based pricing. Unless you need a couple hundred bdft of lumber or a dozen sheets of plywood, you are not going to like the prices.

If I need less than 150 bdft, I will use Timber Woodworking, Phoenix Hardwoods (or folks you missed below). Timber lets folks hand select and as the pile gets pick over, the quality can suffer unless you arrive when they get new units in stock. Timber tries to keep a wide variety of species, but it varies a lot month to month. Most of their lumber is s2s, so there is no surprises on what you are taking home. Being cheap, I also like that their pricing is near the lowest in town. Phoenix hardwoods is ok. Quality is average, and they some unusual figure boards as well. Only drawback is they are not fond of people picking through a whole pile to find those 3-4 special boards.

You missed a couple of sources from the list:
Woodworkers Source – 2 locations; Chandler and north Phoenix. Huge variety of species, higher everyday prices, decent monthly sale prices, and everyday prices are lower than Spellman retail prices.

Woodcraft – Located in Chandler. Small selection of interesting project wood. Great if you need one board for a project.

Rockler – Located north near Scottsdale. Decent selection of special project boards. Prices are reasonable when they have a special sale, or if you only need 1 board; otherwise pricey for large quantities.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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