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Where to purchase lumber online?

by McLeanVA
posted 05-26-2009 09:40 PM

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 09:44 PM

I’ve ordered from here and was very pleased. I’ve seen recommendations for them from other jocks as well.

By the way, you paid close to $20 per board foot for that cherry. The people who sold it to you should be arrested for armed robbery.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 09:46 PM

I have actually bought a lot of timber on line through Ebay but only dealt with dealers in Australia.. don’t think there would be much difference to dealers in the states.
My 2 cents worth, hope this helps.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 10:33 PM

Hey Mclean
One off our LJers family that sells wood on e bay It’s Poroskywood. I’ve bought a far amount of wood from them, It’s all great stuff. They have good photos. Plus Scott is a great guy.

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 10:50 PM

Great advice guys. Thanks for the feedback.

Jim, I have sent a few messages back and forth with poroskywood regarding my latest project. He really seems like a great guy. I’ve enjoyed the advice and tip trading. I have also seen his eBay store. I love his figured maple stock. Tempted to buy some from him one day.

degoose, I’ll check EBay, but always fear purchasing stuff from individuals who sometimes aren’t in it for the customer service aspect. Thanks for the info.

Charlie, thanks for the lead. I’ll totally check them out. And I agree that $20 per board foot was ridiculous, but they had me by the wood knots at the point of purchase when they totaled it up. Extremely unhelpful and customer service was horrible as they blamed me for pulling dimensional lumber instead of 4/4 stock. I was just looking for some helpful advice and got nothing but grief. The original price they quoted me was for 4/4 and then pointed me over to the dimensional stock to choose my pieces. The old “switcheroo.” Ultimately I came out with a really nice set of boards to complete my project, but they lost a customer for life.

Anyways, thanks guys. As usual this LJ community is amazingly helpful.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 10:54 PM

Fortunately, I’ve found a local fella who cuts his own and he has been really good to me. I’ve also ordered from Bell Forest and been very satisfied. They can even surface the lumber if you need, but what I’ve got from them didn’t require a lot of surface prep. My guess is that even a good price on lumber may be nullified by shipping costs, so finding a local sawyer with a surfacing equipment is your best bet.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 11:05 PM

Take a look at this one, I buy most of my wood from them.
EZ to shop and EZ to order and some items ship free.

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 11:23 PM

Try looking on You might find some one local.

-- Joe, Ga

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#8 posted 05-26-2009 11:32 PM

I have bought all my lumber to date at auctions sales etc these can be had by the truck load cheap as chips.I must keep my eyes open soon for some more but I would never pay that kind of money for timber.I bought retail £2400.00 worth of sapele for less than £100 so it is worth while.I nearly cried yesterday I was watching a steam engine show on t v and saw a guy getting off cuts from the factory next door who throw away over thirteen tons every day they normally pay to get rid of it looked like quite big pieces too.OK not as good as milled lumber but another source of cheap or free wood.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 05-27-2009 01:01 AM

My ears were ringing then I found this post. Thanks for the accolades Jim. I’ll be honest and up front. I did not come on to LJ’s to find new customers. I signed in as a hobby woodworker. That being said, ebay is a business for me, it helps to supplement my income. I take great pride in working with and helping my customers with their needs. Sometimes I am very happy and sometimes (like with any business) I’m like “Oh Please, get real, WTF” I agree Shipping is the biggest killer in a good deal on ebay. It is the biggest problem I face. I charge exact UPS Ground Shipping no fees, and still people feel like they got ripped off. It’s gotten to the point where I’m actually paying some of the shipping myself and offering a flat rate. I do a lot of business out side of ebay. Folks stopping by my storage shed, or contacting me via email with a cut list at [email protected] I cut the items, email photos, and invoice through Pay Pal.
So, I have Thousands of feet of Curly Maple and Curly Cherry, Ambrosia Maple, Curly Hard Maple and a bunch of stuff with cool defects. You are all welcome to it, for any of your needs. This post will be the only time I ever promote my ebay store on Lumber Jocks I feel dirty some how. Mention You are a Lumber Jock during check out and I’ll be sure to give you the insider discounted rate.
The best place to find wood is locally at a saw mill, as a sawmill owner I will be glad to give anyone advice on this also. Thanks

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#10 posted 05-27-2009 01:13 AM

Poroskywood, I appreciate that you don’t promote your business here on Lumberjocks. I did not even know you had an eBay store until I saw the recommendation from Jim above.

I buy wood on eBay from time to time, so I checked out your store. Your prices and quality look good, plus you have a 100% positive rating. I will most certainly do some business with you in the future.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-27-2009 01:30 AM

After reading a1Jim’s recomendation i went to Poroskywood’s Ebay store and ordered some curly maple. The prices looked fair and the shipping charges also looked fair. Good looking pictures too.


-- John

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#12 posted 05-27-2009 03:58 PM

I second Charles recommendation on Steve Wall Lumber co., very good people to deal with and prices are good.
There is a fellow up in north New York, joshuatrees, sells some nice cherry. Prices are very good, even with shipping to Texas the price was only about $4.00 per bd ft. And I think he is a member here.
You can email him at [email protected]

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#13 posted 05-27-2009 08:58 PM

Holy Cow – even sight unseen you will be better off avoiding your local supplier.
He sold you 6 BF of Cherry for 265! thats 44.00/BF in the state of Virginia (where cherry is very common) is really ridiculous.

I agree with Charlie – Wall Lumber is good – but you often still need a planer to dress it up.
Isn’t there a ‘Woodcraft’ nearby? I see one for Springfield and one in Leesburg – and you can sort through it and hand pick your stock.
Try the Concord Shopping Center in Springfield VA – - – their cherry is likely around 6.00/bf so your 265 order would be 36dollars there.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#14 posted 05-27-2009 09:13 PM

Find a local guy. Off the net.

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#15 posted 05-27-2009 09:24 PM


If you are in VA you should have no trouble finding a local sawmill. google ‘sawmill VA’ you’ll get plenty of choices. Two that have been recommended to me are below. If not, you can always take a roadtrip up to PA. Go there , visit, pick through the piles. You’ll also learn alot. Lucketts, Virginia (mini mill)
Northland Forest Products Troy Virginia (Big operation)

-- HenryH - PA

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#16 posted 05-27-2009 09:51 PM

Thanks for all of the responses. I can’t do much with 4/4 lumber at this point due to my lack of milling tools (planer, jointer, bandsaw, router table, etc). I’ve been to WoodCraft in Springfield. Nice pieces, but I can only remember seeing 4/4 pieces or larger.

I’ve been in contact with poroskywood and will buy some of his boards for my next project. I’ll also try and plan out some road trips to “local” sawmills if I’m ever out in the sticks. I’m sure my wife and kids would allow me at least one pit stop.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#17 posted 05-27-2009 10:01 PM

They have a good deal right now on Cherry….

I also have bought lumber from Barlow very good quality Birdseye Maple if you are ever in the market for some.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#18 posted 05-28-2009 03:36 AM

As sIKE says I am also in the lumber business, i specialize in birdseye maple but i also handle a large variety of species ranging from basswood to walnut. I have a millwork operation with S4S capabilities, custom planing, ripping, and widebelt sanding. I handle orders from 1 board to a full semi load so feel free to ask any questions you may have.

-- barlow

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#19 posted 05-29-2009 01:25 PM

Check out Johnson’s Lumber. They have been in business for a 100 years.
Good people to do business with and you can see their prices online

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#20 posted 05-29-2009 01:40 PM

If anyone is looking for burl wood, this guy lives in Upper Peninsula, MI and has access to lots of beautiful burl. I have bought lots from him. He gives good service, both with his wood and with the shipping. kris granlund <[email protected]

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#21 posted 05-31-2009 02:32 PM

This is a timely post for me, as I was just looking yesterday online for local lumber dealers and found that I am just 16 miles from Steve Wall Lumber.

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#22 posted 05-31-2009 03:28 PM

Well, if you can venture north to Gaithersburg, MD, there is a Exotic Lumber, Inc. . Give them a call to see if they have what you need. You have to purchase the whole piece, as they won’t just sell you part of a board, but they may be able to plane the whole piece or part of if you purchase the whole length of lumber.

Another option would be to buy the lumber and see if you can use the equipment at Woodcraft for a small fee, or have them do it for you. With cabinet makers less in demand, you may be able to work something out with a local shoppe to have the lumber sized and finished.

FYI: I’m in Rockville, MD

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#23 posted 06-06-2009 06:31 AM

I have had good luck getting items from They also have reclaimed shorts that are 1”X4”X4’. If you just need some little pieces the price is real nice on them. I just got a piece of Padouk from them that is 1”X 6 1/2” X 7’ for $27 with shipping. You can also get the lumber milled by them before they ship it. The prices that they have include shipping with a $15 min. order.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#24 posted 08-26-2010 12:08 AM

I know this is old but try Its a new site. It looks like it has competitive pricing by state. I have used it to order out lumber for my commercial jobs.

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#25 posted 10-28-2010 10:35 PM

I use
Family owned business. Great customer service. They will soon be offering custom moulding online as well. they rock! :)

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#26 posted 10-29-2010 08:31 PM

I guess I am really lucky because I can’t drive very far in any direction before I run into a saw mill. They vary in size and what they produce and the services they offer. Many of them can mill down the wood on site. I wish I could support all of them, but really there are just too many. A few years ago I only knew of one. All I had to do was ask around and do a little searching.

Based on the prices I usually see you could save at least $200 on your purchase. With that kind of savings it does not take too long to recoup enough to afford a jointer and planner. Even if you can only find a mill that just offers rough cut, I am sure you can find someone in your area that can mill it down for a moderate price.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#27 posted 11-30-2012 11:14 AM where you can buy lumber online.

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#28 posted 11-30-2012 01:19 PM

Good products fast service, reasonably priced. The trifecta. You will not go wrong with these folks

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#29 posted 11-30-2012 02:21 PM

I seem to be the odd ball. I made one purchase of wood across the net and had a bad experience with it and have never gone back.

I needed several bf of various woods (pupleheart, maple, etc) for some scroll saw projects. Due to time constraints and a Craftsman bandsaw I could not take the time to resaw boards down to the 1/4” thickness I needed. So, a quick search found an Internet company (Slone workshop, Slone woodwork, Slone something) and I ordered about 125% of what I needed, hoping that it would have enough clear spots that I could get what I needed. During the call they were happy to sell me scroll saw blades but when I got to the wood they were less than willing to sell it (this should have been the first RED flag that something was wrong), then there was the shipping costs (the wood was 1/4” by 6 to 8” wide by 36” long so it should not have cost that much). The wood arrived ok, and as my usual practice I unwrapped the plastic off of it and stored it flat with a piece of 8/4 wood on top for a couple of days in my heated basement. When the weekend arrived I unstacked it and found that it was warping and for the most part I could not get half the pieces I needed from the wood.

Based upon this experience I have never bought wood sight unseen or across the Internet. I don’t think that I ever will.

I wish you the best of luck.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#30 posted 11-30-2012 03:38 PM

If you are in VA , as am I. I can point you to some good folks to deal with, drop me a PM if interested.

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#31 posted 11-30-2012 03:44 PM

In Va,

I also recommend Northland Forest Products. The people are knowledgeable and friendly. There is one in Manassas.

CP Johnson lumber is also a great source for curly and figured woods. Chris has a large selection of outstanding figured woods. Lots of wide stuff with incredible curl.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#32 posted 11-30-2012 06:41 PM

Places I’ve bought from with great results:
Wall lumber
Bell forest
Project Lumber

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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