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BeardedIrishmanWW

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06-19-2019 02:21 PM

Hello everyone,

Just getting into the woodworking world and need some assistance with lumber purchasing. I live in the LA area and I’m not having great success of finding affordable lumber. I’m looking for raw lumber that I can mill myself but I don’t need to break the bank on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thomas

-- Thomas, Simi Valley, California


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#1 posted 06-19-2019 02:58 PM

Try
woodfinder, you can put in your zip and get search results in various ranges
http://www.woodfinder.com/

Woodmizer also has a page to help you find local sawyers
https://woodmizer.com/us/Services/Find-a-Local-Sawyer

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 03:56 PM

define what “affordable lumber” is to you.

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 04:35 PM



define what “affordable lumber” is to you.
- tomsteve

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 04:39 PM



define what “affordable lumber” is to you.

- tomsteve

from my research I was thinking hardwoods at $6-$8 per BF. again, I only really been buying wood from the big Box stores and that has all been dimensional lumber.

-- Thomas, Simi Valley, California

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 06:36 PM

Quite a few places in LA, and your price sounds reasonable for quite a few species. Keep in mind some shops will sometimes get “shorts” where the price can be quite a bit cheaper. For example my local place walnut is $10-11 bf, but they usually have shorts for $6-7. So if you are building something smaller or has shorter length parts you can sometimes save money that way.

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#6 posted 06-19-2019 07:29 PM

well your not real close to me,im in the southbay area but i get most of my wood from hudson & west in torrance and some from rio plywood in gardena,rio is a little cheaper but hudson has a much larger selection of domestic and exotic woods plus tools, paints and hardware.

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#7 posted 06-19-2019 08:48 PM

One step above “RAW” lumber is kiln-dried rough lumber from your local hardwood lumber supplier.

Some basic hardwoods like Poplar, Alder, Ash and Red Oak get into the sub-$3/bf range for kiln-dried rough lumber.
In Phoenix, Maple goes into the $4.50 to $6/bf range and Cherry about $6, Walnut between $6 and $8, YMMV

That just about covers the domestic lumbers.

A quick search of your area will turn up the Hardwood Lumber suppliers close to you. I think you might be surprised to find four, or five vendors within easy driving distance.

P.S. Retail Lumber is 200 to 300% higher priced, and not always the best quality. IMHO

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#8 posted 06-20-2019 02:29 AM

I’ve been using “Hardwood” in Reseda https://www.hardwoods-inc.com/

and “Conejo Hardwood and Stone” in Westlake. https://conejohardwoods.com/

They’re cheaper than the box stores.

BTW, I also live in Simi Valley.

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BeardedIrishmanWW

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#9 posted 06-20-2019 02:49 PM



I ve been using “Hardwood” in Reseda https://www.hardwoods-inc.com/

and “Conejo Hardwood and Stone” in Westlake. https://conejohardwoods.com/

They re cheaper than the box stores.

BTW, I also live in Simi Valley.

That’s awesome!!! I’m always looking for advice and I hope to get my shop up and running in a few months. I’m trying to get started on Christmas presents for the families back in Missouri.

Thanks again for all the help!

- Dark_Lightning


-- Thomas, Simi Valley, California

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#10 posted 06-20-2019 03:46 PM

For LA area, I liked using Bonhoff Lumber while I was there. Decent prices, and good selection.
https://bohnhofflumber.com/
Have even bought inexpensive lumber shorts from Bonhoff and hauled them to Phoenix as they were half local prices for same stuff.

Besides the search links posted above by others, another suggestion:

You can find all kinds of lumber sources easy with Google maps.
Type in this in search box:
Hardwood lumber near simi valley ca
and you get:
https://www.google.com/maps/search/hardwood+lumber+near+simi+valley+ca/@34.2049576,-118.856404,10z

Also try looking for ‘saw mill’ or ‘sawyer’ near what ever area you want on the map.
Just change the search words.
Easy peasy lemon squeezey

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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