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Forum topic by ClintH posted 01-01-2019 10:05 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2019 10:05 PM

Hello. Any suggestions on where to find furniture quality wood in SW Washington? The best I can find locally is Lincoln Creek Lumber, but their stuff is S2S, rough cut on the other two sides. I don’t have a planer/jointer to finish the other two sides. Tacoma has Edensaw but it is will call only. You can’t browse the selection and see what you like. Google is giving me nothing but mail order places. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-02-2019 02:21 PM

Try Bill Betts in Rochester. He has quite a selection of various woods, all from his BS mill. All air dried. Usually good prices. He will also custom mill your logs.
You can usually find his adds on Craig’s List.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#2 posted 01-04-2019 09:26 PM

If you can make it down to Portland I would look at Crosscut Hardwoods. I use them all the time in Eugene. Large selection and they will have S4S in selected woods for you.

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#3 posted 01-05-2019 12:47 AM

Thanks guys. I tried Bill Betts but he wouldn’t answer his phone. I called a local commercial woodworker that recommend Hardels in Olympia. Checked them out today, but Crosscut looks more promising. They seem to have a larger amount in stock. Thanks for the recommendations, I now have a couple of options.

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#4 posted 01-05-2019 01:01 AM

Buy a planer it will pay for itself in no time with the money you save over buying S4S.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 01-05-2019 01:09 AM

How far south? There is a crosscut in S Seattle and there is also Compton. Buth within a 1/2 mile of each other.

I hate how the websites most mills have are barely usable. Just tell me what you have and how much it is per BF.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 01-05-2019 01:11 AM

Mossyrock. About a hour drive North to Olympia or 1.5 hours south to Portland.

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#7 posted 01-05-2019 05:33 AM

Architectural Hardwoods of Tacoma or Tacoma Plywood are kings in the quality wood category. You can get oak, maple, mahogany. . . . You can get it rough, S2S, S2S 1E or whatever you want. The have MUCH more than that.

You may need a wholesale number.

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#8 posted 01-05-2019 06:27 AM

I buy S4S hardwood at Crosscut hardwoods in Portland once in a while. They have a very larges selection of hardwoods and plywood and you can browse their inventory inside an enclosed building.

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#9 posted 01-05-2019 08:26 AM

Portland is probably the same distance or a little closer than Tacoma for me. However, I go to Tacoma alot for work, so I will keep both of those places in mind.

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