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Forum topic by CosmicPotato posted 09-11-2017 07:35 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2017 07:35 PM

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I’m new to the wood working scene I have taking a couple classes and grown up working with my father in has woodworking shop. I know a fair bit about wood and tools.

I just don’t know where to find the best place to get wood?

I know about the distributors like rockler but I was wondering if maybe there was a better place more local home town feel.

I would be looking for wood to make small projects knife handles, cutting boards, spoons, bowls stuff like that. And I would like to use some nicer woods cherry, hard maple, walnut and stay away from pine. Not looking to build a house if you know what I mean.

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#1 posted 09-11-2017 07:42 PM

Google hardwood lumber dealer with your zipcode.

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#2 posted 09-11-2017 09:23 PM

Cosmic, you might be able to find cabinet makers in your area and get scraps from them quite reasonably. HTH

-- Art

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 01:34 AM

I’ll second A&C’s thought. I was working for a landfill one time and saw a large pile of mixed hardwood shorts. They came from a local cabinet shop. I let my former shop teacher know and the shop was happy to give them to him.

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 02:53 AM

For boxes stuffed with small pieces sometimes people on LJ sell some. I bought 2 medium flat rate boxes of Mesquite from one guy.

I’d be willing to sell a medium flat rate box of thoroughly air dried cherry for $30 including shipping. Maybe do something similar for walnut. Pieces would be 13 1/2 inches long.

This is rough cut but I could plane it if you like.

It’s hard to work shorts on power tools, safer with hand tools.

For very small projects, obviously.

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 11:02 AM

It depends on how far you are willing to travel. I live in South Western NY and buy rough cut hard wood from a local mill in Gerry, NY. I also go to a place South of the border in Bear Lake, PA to another rough cut mill. Both sell at reasonable prices and you can hand pick the boards and buy one or as many as you want. The only domestic hard wood that I have trouble finding in rough cut is Black Walnut. Another option down here is in Jamestown. There’s a place that does custom woodwork. They sell large bags of small cut-offs for $6 a bag. Some really nice pieces in the bag for small projects and what’s not worth much because it’s dinged up or broken, makes nice kindling. One final option would be to check with the Amish mills. Many not only cut logs for others, they sell boards as well. You may have to check with several to find one that sells the types of wood you’re looking for but they’re all over the place in Western, NY. If all else fails, find other local woodworkers and ask where they buy their lumber from. Not many locals buy from Rockler because of their extreme price mark up. Most that do buy from them, have no other options. Oh, one other option I didn’t mention. Check with Tree cutting companies. I have gotten whole logs from them for next to nothing and had the Amish saw the boards up. Then I sticker them for use a year later. I don’t know if you have that kind of room to do that but thought I’d mention it.

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 05:03 PM

Thanks you all so much for answering my question so quickly I will see what I can do with this information in the near future.

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