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Forum topic by anneb3 posted 06-01-2019 05:24 PM 558 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2019 05:24 PM

Saw the note about where to buy real wood so I am starting one about finding a place to buy real wood Someone mentioned Go to a real lumberyard, not Home Depot or Lowes so I did a search for Tucson, Az.

First listed was RESTERANT Grant Lumber has turned into restaurant so that was out but listed below
was place I ad never had heard of.
Woodworkers Source on South Pala verde so I looked them up on the net. Their entry looked good, so I will
check them out before buying my Baltic birch for the trays I want to turn

Selling my truck was one of my biggest mistakes I have made. Will have to rely on my brother before I venture out there.
Will let you all know how it all works out. Can’t go today too darn hot. mabe it will rain tomorrow, we sure
need it.

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#1 posted 06-01-2019 06:53 PM

A fellow Tucsonan! Yeah, Grant Road Lumber closed years ago. Woodworker’s Source is definitely a good place. The fact that they will cut your lumber and plywood for you will make it easier to manage even without a truck. The first cut is free. If you want your plywood cut into smaller pieces requiring multiple cuts, they’ll start charging, but I don’t think it’s over a buck or two.

Also, Hood Distribution down on S. Toole is an excellent source. They have a huge inventory and much better prices than Woodworker’s Source. They will cross cut lumber for you, but they do not cut sheet goods. Very friendly there too.

Since 5×5 Baltic Birch won’t fit even in my wife’s Infinity SUV, what I do is take my cordless Milwaukee circular saw and a couple of squares of rigid insulation and cut it myself right there. They allow that.

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#2 posted 06-01-2019 11:30 PM

The place I normally get my wood will let me bring a circular saw and extension cord, and let me plugin to their outlet but I have to cut outside their shop. I usually drive a Civic and a lot of times the rear seats are folded down, with an 8’ long piece of wood sticking out the trunk. I just cinch the trunk down with the cord they provide.

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#3 posted 06-02-2019 12:37 AM

Hood Distribution is your best bet for quality wood and furniture grade sheet goods at very good prices. They also have a good selection of cabinet hinges, drawer slides, sandpapers, and finishes and exotic woods…. I’ve been buying from them since they came into town as SoWest Lumber, then McQuwen??sp Lumber, and now Hood. They are the only real wood supplier left in Tucson for cabinet/furniture makers. Woodcraft on Orangegrove/Oracle and the aforementioned Woodsource on Palo Verde/44th are options if you have more money, plus they are open on the weekends. ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 06-02-2019 12:40 AM

Dakota Hardwoods have a location in El Paso. They might ship to you. I buy from the one in Waco, which reminds me that I need some Cherry.

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#5 posted 06-02-2019 12:55 AM

Anne, I see you do some woodturnings, especially pens. Sazwa is a woodturning club, and we meet every second Saturday of every month, 9-11 am at Flowing Wells High School at Prince and Flowing Wells. We welcome visitors, and there is a wealth on information plus demos when all us oldtimers get together. ................. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 06-02-2019 12:59 AM

Only a couple choices in Tucson, already mentioned Woodworker’s Source, and Hood.
Don’t know about Woodcraft as it opened up after I moved north to Phoenix?

If you want rough or slab lumber, couple of sawmills is area:
Picture Rocks Mesquite in the west foot hills:
King Mesquite:
Tumacacori Mesquite south of town:

They are primarily mesquite mills, but can have local oak, walnut, etc. None of the local mills are inexpensive, compared to commercial lumber sources. There used to be another urban wood sawyer in NE side of town that left his business card in the local ad board at WoodWorker’s Source too?

If you don’t mind traveling to Phoenix, there are few decent choices in the area. There is an active LJ thread with sources in area listed: Wood Suppliers Near Phoenix Arizona

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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#7 posted 06-02-2019 01:49 AM

Wow out of the woodwork comes all sorts of places. I have been to the one down by Tumacocri (sp) with my brother til he had to stop, cause of allergies.

Made arrangements with another brother to hit Woodworkers Source next week.

The other ones are on my list.
Thankyou for the responses.

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