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I've been in the area for a while, but am fairly new to woodworking. I'm looking for other locals that I can bounce ideas off of, find good places to get wood and tools, and learn learn learn. Anyone else in the area? I think I saw Curt might be around here, but anyone else?
 

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Yep. Here's a start, Kettle Moraine Hardwoods, here's a link to their site:

http://www.kmhardwoods.com/hardwood.php

And a link to a map for them:

That's where I get all my rough sawn lumber. Look up a place in Illinois called R. A. Ness, I've bought machines from them and they deal. Or at least did when I bought from them at the WoodWorkers Show.

I know of a number of other places up here that deal too, I never pay sticker price, just isn't in my blood. It might be a drive but it might be worth it. I drove up to Green Bay to buy my Jet Metal Working lathe because they beat anybody's elses price even the web by around $300-$400.

Craigslist around here has been pretty good too. Check out the Wisconsin Janesville and Racine-Kenosha ones. I hate to say it but losing the GM plant in Janesville probably has something to do with it and the same thing with Chrysler in the Racine-Kenosha area.
 

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I know it's a ways from Chicago, but I'm down in Champaign and I'm really excited about a new place called the CU Woodshop. Half of the business is an authorized Rockler dealer but the other half is called the Dream Shop. The Dream Shop consists of over $100000 in the most up to date woodworking equipment that you can use if you buy a share in the business. They're opening up the store next week.
 

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Hey Ryan, I'm just down Rollins road from you. R.A. Ness is also known as the Woodworkers Emporium. Their website is still under construction but you can call them as their retail store in Niles is open. As far as Lumber sources, Try this link, http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/05/sawmills2005.pdf
As you can see, the list has not been up dated since 2005, but they have phone numbers and are just a call away.
 

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Price list is a little out of date, but Ron Meyers in Batavia, IL has decent lumber at great prices.

http://www.dupagewoodworkers.org/meyersww.pdf

Also, keep an eye on Craigslist, for some reason the Crystal Lake, IL area always seems to have a good amount of WWing tools at great prices.

Except for Band Saws, been looking to upgrade mine for the better part of four months and keep hitting dry gultch in Chicago area.
 

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Sorry for not getting back here to thank you guys, but thank you. I've been up in a deer stand the past few days, so my internet access has been very limited. I'll check these out when I'm back to reliable internet.

UnionLabel- you're right down the road? Would you mind if I came over sometime to check out your shop? Have you ever been to WoodWerks? I know they sell big equipment, but they also have wood. How's their prices?
 
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