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Forum topic by JASONKELLYKNOTT posted 12-04-2017 02:43 PM 1594 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch


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12-04-2017 02:43 PM

Good morning fellow woodworkers,

I am looking for a hard wood that is easily available in the Dallas area. Pine is great and I like pine, it’s just that my customers are what you might call “too good for pine” and want something a little more “classy”.

Can anyone tell me some wood options easily available in Dallas that might be a step up from pine that would be good to build barn doors?

Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 05:01 PM

How about Google “hardwood suppliers”?

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 05:10 PM

Let’s start the debate, IMHO Pine isn’t a hard wood? Poplar would be the start of the Hardwoods for common woods around these parts, maybe the farther south the woods get harder? (Around these parts at 20 below all woods get real Hard!) See if you can find some Alder?

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 05:11 PM


PS pine is a SOFTWOOD


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#4 posted 12-04-2017 05:13 PM

Maybe oak. I hate oak personally. I would probably have them give me the species they want to use. Most of the cheaper hardwood species are gonna have bland grain. I would probably use alder. It’s the best at everything.

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 05:15 PM

Can’t help you on the “in Dallas” part, so you’ll have to look that up on your own. Up here in the North I find Oak about the cheapest hardwood, similarly priced to Poplar for me

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 05:31 PM

Most Home Depots and Lowes in the DFW area have some pre-joined and planed red oak and poplar in stock. Select carefully to avoid getting boards that need flattening or straightening. Buying HW from lumber yards may require you to have a planer (or pay) to mill it to specific dimensions. Wood World in Richardson has many types of wood to choose from but can be a little pricey. McKinney Hardwoods usually has a nice selection on their website, though I have not bought anything from them yet. Someone recently recommended Central Hardwoods off of NW Hwy. They are supposed to have a good selection of hardwood lumber and plywood at reasonable prices. A google search will yield a few other vendors as well.

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#7 posted 12-04-2017 05:35 PM

I live in DFW, you can find just about any kind of wood you want. Are you building doors for people who ask you – can you build me a door? Or are you building doors to sell to potential customers you haven’t met yet? If it’s the former, then you need more info. from the customer. If you’re building doors to draw in customers I don’t know what to tell you, sorry. You can build them out of anything. I can’t think of a well-known, often-used wood in America that isn’t available here. Also, plenty of reclaimed barn lumber that, to me, is ridiculously expensive but there’s enough money in Dallas that will pay for something made from it.

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#8 posted 12-05-2017 08:23 PM

By definition Hardwoods have leaves and are deciduous. Softwoods have needles and are conifers.

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#9 posted 12-05-2017 08:31 PM

In my area, poplar is the lowest priced hardwood.

Many people are surprised to hear that Balsa wood is classified as a hardwood because it’s deciduous.


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#10 posted 12-05-2017 08:32 PM

I have developed a greater appreciation for Red Beech in the last year or so. It really machines and takes paint well. The only down side is a lack of nice grain character. It’s pretty bland looking. It is slightly more expensive than poplar and about the same as The Frigde favorite, alder.

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#11 posted 12-05-2017 08:35 PM

Poplar maybe. It’s generally harder than pine
and is not too onerous to sand. Woods like
oak are tough and not too expensive but they
will take more time to sand due to hardness.

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#12 posted 12-05-2017 08:52 PM

Here are a couple of charts to look at. Take a look where good old Douglas Fir ranks

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#13 posted 12-05-2017 09:01 PM

You might try Cypress, if you can get it in quantity. It won’t rot in your lifetime, is harder than pine, and finishes rather well. And it’s a light wood. If you want old Cypress, my brother reclaims old houses from the 1800’s. He and his warehouse are in Natchez, MS. His reclaimed wood is the good hard heart Cypress. PM me if you want his number. You’d have to drive over to get it.

He has the old beams also, from the home construction. Some are huge.

White Oak would also do for the doors. Do not use Red Oak, since it will rot quickly. And just to say it, White Oak is some heavy stuff.

Go with Cypress. It’s perfect for barn doors.

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#14 posted 12-05-2017 09:22 PM

the only pine I know of or consider a HARDWOOD is reclaimed heart pine..

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#15 posted 12-05-2017 09:32 PM

Alder wood

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