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Tell me about the Pacific Northwest - Portland/Seattle

by live4ever
posted 08-13-2014 07:42 PM


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jmartel

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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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BillJ_Portland

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 08:55 PM

I live in Portland.

For a smaller “big city”, I think Portland has a pretty good woodworking community:
Examples:
-Crosscut Hardwood- Great hardwood, softwood and plywood selection
-Sustainable Northwest Wood (http://www.snwwood.com/) – These guys get a lot from a local FSC certified lumber suppliers
-Mr Plywood – The name says it all
-Woodcraft
-Rockler
-Woodcrafters – woodworking tools, supplies and lumber
-Barbo Machinery – Sales of new and used wood working machines from hobby to professional grade
-Northwest woodworking Studio – Gary Rogowski
Bridge City Toolworks – For the high end precision hand tools
And many more resources. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you do a bit of your own research.

Good luck and a future welcome to the northwest, wherever you shall land.

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splatman

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 03:19 AM

No hardwood dealers in or around Tacoma (smallish city south of Seattle) that I’m am aware of. I checked.
Anyone here know of any?
Rains like crazy here from October thru April. Puts the Wash in Washington.
Aside from the occasional deal on Craigslist, I cannot give any real answers for your other questions.

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jmartel

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 02:49 PM

It doesn’t rain like crazy here. We get less rain here than the east coast. Just more of a constant drizzle than any actual rain. Certainly not rainy enough to stop doing whatever you’re doing.

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

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Stellatyler

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 03:02 PM

I think you need bureau shop stuff, there isn’t as much. The upside however is that there is a Grizzly showroom up in Bellingham that is a 2 hour head out. I purchase wood from a merchant, then I go to Crosscut Hardwoods. They are in Portland also. Extensive choice of plywood notwithstanding their typical wood.
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tdwilli1

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 03:04 PM

I live in the Portland area also and just to add another place for wood – Hardwood Industries.

Tim


I live in Portland.

For a smaller “big city”, I think Portland has a pretty good woodworking community:
Examples:
-Crosscut Hardwood- Great hardwood, softwood and plywood selection
-Sustainable Northwest Wood (http://www.snwwood.com/) – These guys get a lot from a local FSC certified lumber suppliers
-Mr Plywood – The name says it all
-Woodcraft
-Rockler
-Woodcrafters – woodworking tools, supplies and lumber
-Barbo Machinery – Sales of new and used wood working machines from hobby to professional grade
-Northwest woodworking Studio – Gary Rogowski
Bridge City Toolworks – For the high end precision hand tools
And many more resources. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you do a bit of your own research.

Good luck and a future welcome to the northwest, wherever you shall land.

- BillJ_Portland


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MrRon

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 04:07 PM

Aside from woodworking, Seattle has some of the best seafood readily available in the whole country. I used to live there, but now I live in Ms. Nice place to live in, but I’m getting tired of eating catfish.

Seattle has a large community of wooden boat builders, so any woods used in boat building is available there.

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Nomad62

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#8 posted 08-14-2014 09:06 PM

If you decide on the Portland area, check out the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, good group leaning toward education and occasional public service. Couple of turning groups around as well.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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Earlextech

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#9 posted 08-14-2014 09:28 PM

As an outsider – I’ve done The Woodworking Show in both cities. Both seemed to have a strong woodworking community. Personally I prefer Downtown Seattle to Downtown Portland. Don’t be mad at me Portland, the show isn’t going to Seattle again this year, but we will be in Portland!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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crank49

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#10 posted 08-16-2014 03:27 AM

Well, Portland has the WNBR every year. That would be the world naked bike ride.
Where else you gonna find “wood” celebrated like that?
You’ll have to Google it to see pictures; don’t want to get thrown off of here.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 08-16-2014 03:57 AM

You could take a woodworking class with Gary Rogowski. It would be fully clothed I am sure so you would be pretty comfortable compared to the WNBR. http://www.northwestwoodworking.com

Goby Walnut is in Portland if you are shopping for killer slabs http://www.gobywalnut.com

In Seattle there is the Northwest Woodworker’s Gallery which is pretty fine! http://www.nwwoodgallery.com

Darrel Peart is in Seattle area – http://www.furnituremaker.com

Tom Stangeland is in Seattle too. http://www.artistcraftsman.net

Up in the Seattle area is the Port Townsend School of Woodworking – http://www.ptwoodschool.com/Home.html

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 03:58 AM

And that all just scratches the surface of what you can find and do in either location.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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jmartel

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 04:25 AM



Well, Portland has the WNBR every year. That would be the world naked bike ride.
Where else you gonna find “wood” celebrated like that?
You ll have to Google it to see pictures; don t want to get thrown off of here.

- crank49

While not as big, we do have the Fremont Solstice parade here in Seattle. Naked people on bikes and foot, and sometimes on floats too.

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

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jmartel

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#14 posted 08-16-2014 04:29 AM

I don’t know that I would consider Port Townsend in the “Seattle Area”. You need to take a ferry across the sound and then drive some more to get there. It’s a day trip away.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 08-16-2014 05:23 AM

jmartel – thanks for the correction, my bad

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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jmartel

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#16 posted 08-16-2014 05:36 AM

No worries. I actually haven’t made it up to Port Townsend yet, but I will be going in a few weeks for the Wooden Boat show.

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

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RandyinFlorida

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#17 posted 08-17-2014 05:59 PM

Just returned from a week in Seattle. Went to the largest Woodcraft store in the Country (there’s also a Harbour freight just down the street.) Highly recommend it. Also went up to Bellingham; The Grizzly Store is impressive. Can’t say the same for the customer service… But they do have most everything.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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rickinbeachcrest

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#18 posted 08-18-2014 04:22 AM



No hardwood dealers in or around Tacoma (smallish city south of Seattle) that I m am aware of. I checked.
Anyone here know of any?
Rains like crazy here from October thru April. Puts the Wash in Washington.
Aside from the occasional deal on Craigslist, I cannot give any real answers for your other questions.

- splatman


Check out architectural woods.
http://www.awi-wa.com/

Also if you don’t mind a little drive to port townsend, Edesaw.
http://www.edensaw.com/MainSite/Store1/Content/SiteContent/1/Home/Main.aspx

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rustfever

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#19 posted 08-18-2014 09:22 AM

Good wood supplier some 60 miles south of Seattle [100 miles north of Portland]. Bill Betts in Rochester WA has his own small mill and a good selection of economically priced wood. Western Maple, Elm, Walnut, cedar, Doug Fir, and at least a dozen other species. He has an ad on Craig’s List so he is easy to find.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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runswithscissors

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#20 posted 08-19-2014 06:25 AM

Bellingham, (about 90 miles north of Seattle) not only has the Grizzly showroom (and corporate HQ), but also Targo Hardwoods (a.k.a “Hardwoods to Get”). They go out of their way to help you pick out the woods you need. They are on the web.

As for customer service at Grizzly, I had a 1982 vintage Rockwell/Invicta planer (made in Brazil, and therefore metric) with a broken feed roll chain. Took the chain into the showroom, and a sales clerk partially disassembled one of their planers to see if I could use one of theirs (which I could). Took 15-20 minutes of his time. Needless to say, I gave him a big tip (“buy Microsoft”—but don’t tell anybody).

But wait: you’re from California? Oh, it rains all the time up here. Actually, that’s an exaggeration. We had an actual drought last year. Lasted 4 days, I think.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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