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Posted on Tell me about the Pacific Northwest - Portland/Seattle

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 08:07 PM

I live in Seattle.

You generally won’t find great deals at the hardwood dealers here. Hard Maple is about $4/bdft, walnut is $6.75, about the same for Cherry, Oak is $3-4/bdft. The trees up here are virtually all softwoods. Alder can be pretty cheap, but while technically a hardwood, it’s pretty soft.

I typically buy wood off of craigslist whenever possible.

There is a Rockler on the north side of the city and a Woodcraft in Georgetown (which is the south side of the city, industrial district).

Used tools is decent, but only for more hobbyist type machines. If you want cabinet shop stuff, there isn’t as much. The upside though is that there is a Grizzly showroom up in Bellingham that is a 2 hour drive away.

If I buy wood from a dealer, then I go to Crosscut Hardwoods. They are in Portland as well. Very large selection of plywood in addition to their normal wood.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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