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Forum topic by Ric3924 posted 02-12-2019 02:20 PM 416 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2019 02:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood hardwood rough sawn lumber walnut sycamore maple project wood resources mill wood mill

Hello guys, I’m going to be driving from chicago to New Orleans and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good place to get some reasonably priced wood while I’m out there or somewhere in between for that matter. Finding nice wood for a reasonable price in chicago is challenging.
Thanks in advance for any input.

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#1 posted 02-13-2019 07:36 AM

Hmm. Maybe not looking very hard?
Did you search Lj for previous posts like these:

What are you looking for? Cheapest wood is found in forest, sold by people who mill it: I.E. sawyers running sawmills. There are sawyers scattered all over IL, even NW Indiana has a couple less than 2 hours from Chi town as well.
Have you looked here?

Illinois urban milling crowd even has a website to help you find unique urban wood species:

IME – about only wood available any cheaper on a trip down south to New Orleans .vs. local IL/IN regional mill pricing would be Cypress, or Southern Yellow Pine. Neither of those woods are generally used for fine wood working projects. You might find some white woods, like; oak, ash, or popular; a little cheaper in Kentucky/Tennessee sawmill; but by time you pay for fuel to haul it back north, the savings disappears.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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