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Forum topic by Sspain posted 12-19-2016 01:58 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2016 01:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chicago illinois wood lumber cheap

Hi all!

I’m a college student and new to woodworking. Looking to get my hands on more projects, but I am limited in funds due to school and a wedding. Does anybody know where I’m going to get the best bang for my buck? Looking for good lumber and good prices.

I live in the southwest burbs in Yorkville but am often in the city for work/school, and willing to travel further if needed.

Thank you all in advance!

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 03:04 PM

I just did a quick craigslist search for your area and came up with a ton of hits.

Here’s a bunch of rough sawn Walnut at a decent price.

Lumber dealers are easy to find with a google search, but I always start my searches on Craigslist, in the hopes of finding better stuff at cheaper prices. I move to different regions quite often and tend to have to be resourceful in finding lumber, so I always look for sawyers. Found a great guy on CL that mills his own stuff here in eastern MD. I buy Black Walnut for $4 a BF, QS Oak for 2$ a bf… That’s what you gotta look for. CL is the best place to start.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 03:49 PM

I tried to buy from that guy but he sure makes it hard to make a purchase. The ad offers a delivery service and I got a quote for $125 to get delivery of 250bf to my shop which was fine. Only thing is, he expected me to drive out there, give him a cash deposit, drive back then pay him $125 to drop off the wood that I could have just loaded into my truck. Crazy.

My lumberyard (Raynor Rinn Scott) will ship me thousands of dollars of wood, pick up my check then go back and cash it. Much easier. Raynor only sells to commercial shops though.

If you want full-sized lumber, there are a few other locally-owned mills in the Chicago area that might be worth looking into. Kirkland sawmill comes to mind. I’ve not done business with them but I did bookmark them while I was running some searches.

Alternatively, if you feel like driving out to the Kankakee area, I’ve got a handful of maple shorts (under 24”) I could give you. There’s also a local sawmill in the area.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 06:15 PM

I’ve used Owl Lumber for years. They have yards in Lombard and Des Plaines. Huge inventory.

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 08:41 PM

Heidler is my go to. Can’t beat em. Great Spirits hardwoods in East Dundee is another one I like. Also check Ron Meyers in West Chicago.
Owl and Horigan are last resorts for me


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#5 posted 12-22-2016 10:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I’m brand new to this forum but I have been doing woodworking in the Chicago Area for almost 20 years.

Many Lumber yards out here to choose from but it seems to me unless you are willing to buy 100BF at a time none of the larger yards are willing to work with you.

Owl has been my go to for years. They have a great selection and average prices. Great service.

keep your cut list tight and account for waste +20-25% is what I always figure.

I started in college also. Good luck and stay safe.

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 10:34 PM

Look for sawmills near you …..... GOOD LUCK : )

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 04:23 PM

If you’re looking for wood for smaller projects, consider talking to a custom cabinet shop. I have one near me and picked up a pallet of white oak for cheap. It was all cutoffs from their work and was scrap to them but gold to me.

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