What's the best way to find the live edge slabs I'm looking for?

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Forum topic by Lenning posted 09-08-2017 01:47 PM 1461 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2017 01:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: live edge slabs help rookie

I’m just starting out….I mean JUST starting out. I’m still trying to figure out what tools to buy to get me started. I travel for work and am rarely home, but I want to get the ball rolling so when I do have time I can give her heck, I’m looking to set myself up for a retirement hobby, (I’m only half way to retirement).

That aside…I live in northern Michigan and need some pointers on the best way to purchase live edge slabs. My first project I would like to do is a table out of walnut and maple. Originally my first project was a live edge maple picnic table for a covered porch. Of course I got green wood with no knowledge of drying time….and of course post purchase read that maple isn’t the best for outdoors….anyway, is online the best route for slab shopping??

-- A newbie with a dream

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 04:03 PM

welcome,lenning. not sure exactly where in northern mi, but ya might want to check out the lumber shed in traverse city. they have live edge in stock.

in gladwin is the toolhaus. theyre mainly power tools but the guys workin there could direct ya where to go in that area. there used to be quite a few amish mills around there i used to get some nice lumber at good prices.

there also used to be amish mills up in the mio area that might have live edge.

from what i hear, the habitat for humanity restore in flint had lumber and live edge

also check craigslist

ive seen posts on there for a place in cheboygen ofr years, but never stopped in or called.

then theres

if you happened to travel for work AND traveled in a pickup, you could do some searchin on the www for mills and such in the area youre going to.

seems online shopping for slabs is going to be big bucks for shipping.

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 04:10 PM

Also look on instagram. A lot of small sawmills have accounts and you can search to see if any are near your area or within a decent drive.

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 05:24 PM

Check out he is in wisconsin .. great guy, great wood

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 11:49 PM

Thanks guys! I’m from Harrison. I’m in alpena now, unfortunately I fly everywhere, but now being pointed in the right direction, I may be able to find what I’m looking for without wasting too much valuable home time. If….I ever get out of Iowa lol

-- A newbie with a dream

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#5 posted 09-09-2017 10:21 PM

cool beans!! could a slab be considered carry on? LOLOL
your in a great location to find something.
theres also barn door lumber in hemlock. bit of a drive for ya. ive gone there and gotten really good deals on 4/4 red oak “shorts”, being between 3-6’ long varying widths. seems they had a sawmill in a barn out back, but i could be thinkin of somewhere else.

theres also deforest millworks on the west side of houghton lake. he doesnt have a website and its been a few years since ive been there, but an awesome experience. i dont remeber the mans name that owns it, but he had a lot of knowledge happy to share and was happy to let me dig through lumber.

if ya head down south a bit, theres armstrong millworks on M59 in highland
theyre a wee bit pricey on their lumber, but they have an awesome barn full of lumber of many different species.
AND a second barn with all kind of thick slabs and,iirc, live edge,too.

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