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05-08-2017 03:17 AM

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I live in a place where it is often difficult to buy wood. Mostly walnut, birdseye maple, purple heart, or other exotic woods. Especially in small quantities for projects. Can anyone recommend places to purchase wood on-line?

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#1 posted 05-08-2017 03:23 AM

Hello Brad, welcome to LJs. I have always liked Wall Lumber, they are in North Carolina and always have a very nice selection of wood and they are easy on the shipping also.

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 06:05 AM

I’m fortunate to be able to hop onto the freeway and bring home lumber from Woodworker's Source here in Tucson (and they are in Phoenix as well)

They do ship around the country though, and get good reviews. I’ll say that in the many years I’ve been a customer, they are as good as I can imagine.

There are dozens more reputable lumber suppliers who ship. My guess is one of your main criteria will ultimately be shipping cost. Search around, and ask them about options. Some have UPS bundles that could maybe save you money on shipping.

Welcome to LJ, and best of luck. If you find any gems, please share.

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#3 posted 05-08-2017 10:50 AM

I use Niagara Lumber quite a bit. They have very reasonable prices and shipping is included. I have always gotten excellent quality lumber from them.

-- Jeff, Charleston SC

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#4 posted 05-08-2017 11:21 AM

My favorite

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#5 posted 05-08-2017 11:54 AM

When I need small pieces of exotics, I usually have good luck searching for turning blanks on eBay.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 05-08-2017 02:03 PM

I have had good luck with Wall Lumber and Everhart Lumber(

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#7 posted 05-08-2017 03:37 PM

For small quantities of exotics, I’ve had success with Woodcraft as of late.

They often have wood on sale for 1/2 price or better and when combined with a “free shipping” code, the cost is below any other mail order source I can find. Of course you are limited to what is on sale, but take advantage and stock pile for later.

Another scheme that saves money is to use the ”$10 off $25” codes (only works on regular priced wood) which in of itself makes for a reasonable deal, but when combined with a free shipping on over $50 offer, makes for some real savings.

The problem with mail-order wood is always shipping. A very high percentage of the total to-your-door cost.

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 07:16 PM

I have found small orders always end up costing me more. I like to take a trip once in a while to an exotics dealer and buy with no plan. Then the I plan next project based on what i have on hand. I also buy a couple pieces of whatever woodcraft has on sale each month. last month was purpleheart 2 months ago was patagonia rosewood, and this month is canary wood. It is still kinda pricey in that the biggest pieces they sell are approximately 1 BF and you have to get the shipping deal to make it work. I also have a woodworking show comes by me every year and I started buying there this year

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