Frieden Hardwoods

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Review by JimmyNate posted 04-26-2009 04:58 AM 3997 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Frieden hardwoods is a great source for furniture grade kiln dried lumber near Kansas City.

(785) 418-5746

I called down and visited today. About 45 minutes south of the city off I-35, the store is located in a small building on a farm. The owner(s) farm and basically seem willing to sell lumber most any time if you call ahead and are respectful of the fact that this is a part-time operation. This isn’t a lumberyard with regular hours and a steady stream of customers in and out, but the quality, selection and prices beat any local dealers hands-down.

I picked up about 100 board feet of a mix of cherry, walnut and mulberry for $340 (tax included). In the city that’d run $700+. The lumber is dry (though I didn’t take a moisture meter) and planed on both faces. Mark was happy to show me his inventory which was well organized and let me pick my boards while he figued how many board feet of each variety I had chosen. He helped me load and even threw in a few shorter boards for good measure.

I didn’t see a credit card machine in his shed but perhaps it was hiding somewhere. I paid cash and couldn’t tell you whether he takes checks or not since I didn’t ask.

All in all, HIGHLY recommended, 5-Stars and so on. I’ll be back and any LJ’s in Kansas City that haven’t been to see Frieden Hardwoods should go pay a visit.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 06:46 AM

Thanks for the review and the web site.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 12:27 PM

thanks for the info
i’ve also had good luck with

Bloomer Hardwoods PH # 816-330-3596

they’re between Platte City and Leavenworth
also small operation but they keep regular business hours and have some hardwood plywood

-- Ron, Missouri

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 04:27 PM

$3.40 a board foot! Wow. I guess the small guys can compete with the big box stores.

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 03:12 PM

Pretty decent fishing in the reservoir there too…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 06:42 PM

You gotta love a small local business. Getting to know and work with people like this is a pleasure in itself and you walk away with good product.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 04-27-2009 07:14 PM

I have been buying wood from Mark for years. Very good quality and reasonably priced for kiln dried wood. Carries a very good selection.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 03:06 AM

Thanks for the info. I was out in KC last month and will be again this summer. I’ll make a point of calling and swinging down for a look and most likely a purchase.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 05:40 PM

Mark has good stuff. Call ahead and see what is in stock.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 05:44 PM

It sounds good a little bit of a drive from Oregon. Good Reveiw


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#10 posted 02-18-2011 05:58 PM

I live almost an hour away, but I’ve bought wood from Mark Frieden a number of times, and I’ve never been disappointed—always worth the trip.

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 06:04 PM

That is where I buy most of my wood. It is a two hour drive, but worth it. I second all of the comments above.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#12 posted 10-10-2013 09:24 PM

Have they closed up shop? I was going to stop by on my next trip to eastern KS.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 03:39 AM

I haven’t been out in a while but I think he’s still going. Prices were updated in May 2013 on his ad.

Looks like he has a new website, too:

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#14 posted 10-14-2013 03:06 PM

I hope you’re right. Somebody said they closed on yelp so it shows up at the top of a google search. I’m hoping to swing by there and Kansas Hardwoods in Belvue in the next few weeks.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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