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Forum topic by TerryCLE posted 02-01-2018 02:27 PM 695 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2018 02:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cleveland buy hardwood

Somewhat new to woodworking, been on a hiatus for several years. But I’m back and looking for places to buy hardwoods. I’ve bought from Metro Hardwoods in the past but if you’ve ever been there and tried to schedule an appointment with the owner you know it can be a pain, but they have some interesting stuff there. I’ve been to Keim Lumber in the past for some IPE rail and was impressed with the place, although I didn’t look at their lumber selection. I’m in Bay Village (west I-90 Suburbs) and don’t want to travel to far if there is a reasonable place nearby. Any help is appreciated


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#1 posted 02-01-2018 03:23 PM

did you check your local CraigsList for lumber ?

there are a couple of places in my town that sells awesome lumber in small batches
and they don’t list their services in any kind of formal advertising.
craigslist is always the best “cash n carry” business with free advertisement.

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#2 posted 02-01-2018 03:59 PM

I used to live in Avon Lake but now I’m ~20 min SW of the airport. Elegant wood products has some good stock and they’re always running a sale on something, they’re about 1/4 mile east of the SR 83 & SR 82 intersection which might not fit your definition of not too far but depending on traffic, shouldn’t be too much more than a half hour. As for exotics, Keim is it and a bit of a haul as well. There are a few sawyers/distributors in the Valley City & Medina areas too.

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 04:04 AM

I would move out of Cleveland to a town with a good selection of hardwood. Sacramento is a good choice.

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 11:41 AM

Certain parts of ohio has obscene taxes, every part of california is far, far worse!

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 11:46 AM

If you don’t find anything you like up there and don’t mind traveling a bit, CR Lumber outside of Xenia is fantastic. He also will ship his stuff out so if you want, go to his website – and you can look over his online store.

I buy all of my stuff through him (I live outside of Dayton) and can say I haven’t had any problems with the quality of his wood or, in my mind, his prices

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 03:23 PM

I know David Picciuto from the Make Something youtube channel lives in the Cleveland area. He’s always talking about the place he gets his hardwood from. I can’t remember which it is, since it’s useless to me not living in the area. But I know he’s mentioned it in quite a few recent youtube videos. He might even have links in the video description so you don’t have to sit through all of his videos to find it.

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 07:09 PM

I think he’s in the Toledo area as I’ve heard him reference Kencraft hardwood before and they have nothing in the Cleveland area.

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#8 posted 02-05-2018 07:38 PM

I was thinking Dave Picciuto as well but forgot he was Toledo rather than Cleveland. I was watching one of his videos the other day and he said he got a sheet of 3/4 BB for $29 at Kencraft. Might be worth a drive if it’s really that cheap.

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