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05-11-2010 09:14 PM

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Okay, so i live in eastern Idaho and the only real source for wood is the orange big box store and the blue big box store. Needless to say long gone are the days of the mom and pop hardware and lumber stores with unique finds. Where are people finding / purchasing / making these beautiful solid “slabs” of cedar /maple/ and oak.

Are they milling them themselves? How much would a coffee table size slab cost anyway? lol, I ask these questions not really wanting the answer i guess. As a college student, pine is an expensive investment and I just dream about using poplar.



-- Making piles of incorrect measurement at a time!

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 09:29 PM

Well, if budget is an issue, I’ve gotten a bunch of FREE wood over the years. There’s a local Carpet store with one of those loooong dumpsters behind their place. I got permission to recycle some of their outcasts. I can regularly find new oak flooring in there. It’s narrow and the bottom would have to be planed(not a tool you own, I assume). Last week I got about 25 linear ft. of Bubinga flooring. Also go to new housing developments looking for the same loooong dumpsters, usually sitting in the street. I don’t go up in the yard unless there is someone there I can ask if they have junk lumber. With this kind of building, you sometimes have to let your resources dictate what you ‘want’ to build today. Sell a few pieces and use that to buy a planer or the more exotic wood you want to work with.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 09:31 PM

One option I’ve used is to search a local craigslist. I’ve run in to lots of “small” sawyers who want to sell off some of what they have sawn. It’s not always the best, but sometimes that’s exactly what I am looking for. ;) I also have a handful of amish sawmills in the area, but they don’t advertise so they are often hard to find.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 04:39 AM

This is for turning but you can see how even firewood can be used if you only had a planer.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 05-12-2010 04:49 AM

Since you live in Idaho, and are young, may I suggest that you put Port Townsend WA on your radar for a trip when you have established yourself a bit more. Eden Saw is the mecca for wood working lumber. It is where all the boatbuilders and lumber yards in the entire northwest get their stock.

They have an outlet/retail shop in Tacoma, but there is nothing like seeing the mill off the ship yards.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 04:57 AM

I’m looking for a mill around Michigan. Don’t want to paythe yard price. 4-500 bf at a time.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 05:15 AM

Hey Ty
A lot of folks tear pallets a part it’s hard work but it’s free.

Here’s one source

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#7 posted 05-12-2010 05:32 AM

There’s also an occasional phenomenal deal on ebay. Do a lot of sifting, and you can usually score something awesome. I’ve got a couple ash and cherry slabs that I got for a steal. It seems like on ebay, slabs are actually cheaper than milled boards. Read the seller’s reviews before buying from them, of course, and examine the pictures closely if there are any. If you check back frequently, you’ll get a feel for the prices and you can pounce on the too-good-to-be-true deals. And don’t forget to figure shipping into the total cost.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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John Ormsby

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#8 posted 05-12-2010 07:15 AM

I believe you might have some luck finding some large pine slabs by dropping by one of the many Log home manufacturers in your region of eastern Idaho. I remember passing several in the Driggs area some time back. These Log home guys should be able to get you into a Pine slab for a reasonable price. Pine can make some very nice furniture.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 05-12-2010 03:04 PM


Over here near Rupert in Acequia there is Bair’s Wood Barn phone 208 436 4338. No web sight.

They are about 6 miles away from me. probably about 85 miles from you.

They have oak, red and white, walnut, cherry, maple, ash, hickory, pine and maybe some others. Most it is one inch S2S. I have never seen any plywood or other engineered wood. And i can’t remember seeing anything thicker.

Call first to be sure they will be home. They run it out of their house and at not always home. If you go send me a message and i might meet you.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 05-12-2010 04:13 PM

A couple of suggestions -
1) Make friends with a local cabinetmaker, and ask if he will add a few extra pieces to his next lumber order
2) Franklin Building Supply can order lumber for you, and I think their prices are pretty reasonable

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#11 posted 05-12-2010 04:45 PM

I recommend InterMountain Wood Products; they have a store in Idaho Falls
I buy nearly all of my wood from their Boise store. I’ve been very happy – good wood, good prices and good service.

-- The best thing online is a fish

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#12 posted 05-12-2010 04:49 PM

wow…thanks all for posting. all very good ideas.

-- Making piles of incorrect measurement at a time!

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