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Forum topic by Chauncey posted 05-14-2010 05:30 PM 2561 views 4 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2010 05:30 PM

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Just curious if anyone knows of a good resource to purchase lumber online. I’m looking for small quantities of Maple, cherry, and white oak.
I only have the two big box stores in my area and they don’t seem to have much variety.

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 05:39 PM

I have used Plus they have a lot of information about wood on their website.

-- Don

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 05:41 PM

Best prices, service, and quality I’ve found by far:

Click on “Products”, the check out the link to 20 bf bundles.

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

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 05:55 PM

I’ve actually purchased a couple of great, highly figured boards on ebay for very reasonable prices. It’s pretty hit or mis with what’s available but if you keep your eye out, I definitely think there’s good deals to be had. Probably a better source for hard to find lumber (I got an incredible piece of 1.25 inch thick, 14 inch wide tiger/curly/birdseye maple) but I’ve also seen seeminly good quality walnut, exotics, etc.

It’s listed under Crafts – Home Arts and Crafts – Woodworking

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 06:07 PM

another resource you can use woodplanet they have both suppliers selling and buyers requesting quotes for lumber. The request for quotes is great as you can describe exactly what you want, and either ask for the cost of delivery, for pickup or quote from their facility and use a trucking company of your own choice. I have seen lots of small requests….made a few myself and got some good offers….some were located closer then I would have known without using woodplanet. You can also look for reclaimed woods, turning stock, building components and flooring.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 06:29 PM

have you already tried and/or searched craigslist for small sawyers in your area?

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 06:38 PM

Whenever I need a particular exotic wood the first place I look is

The specialize in maple and exotics. I buy a lot of exotics. For basic domestic wood (oak, walnut, cherry, etc.) I have an excellent local source and don’t see a need for an internet provider. However, I do use Bell Forest for birdseye maple.

The people at Bell Forest are great. I told them several months ago that I wanted some 6/4 waterfall bubinga boards of a particular size. It took them several months to get the wood but when they did they sent me an e-mail. I ordered what I wanted and trusted that they would send some very good wood, What they sent was spectacular.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 06:49 PM

Thanks I found all the links very useful. Much better variety than lowes or HD and the prices are great. I also found a local mill just about 30 miles from my home that seems very promising. Thanks again Chauncey

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#8 posted 05-14-2010 11:52 PM

+1 for Wall’s Lumber. It’s about 20 miles from my house and has super nice people to work with.

Went recently and had a blast in the warehouse looking at all the exotic lumber. They cut down some long boards of SYP for me to fit into the car, and I also got some white oak in their small board bundles.

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#9 posted 05-14-2010 11:56 PM

I use Bellforest: Havent had any problems at all. Infact I’m expecting a order in about 4 days..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 05-15-2010 12:00 AM

I have order some hard maple from woodworker source.

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