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Coleman Dodds

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01-17-2020 04:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber lumber company pittsburgh columbus

I’m looking for better options for lumber. Currently the location that I know of has a small selection. Does anyone know of lumber company’s that are between (or surrounding) the areas of Pittsburgh Pa and Columbus Oh?


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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-17-2020 05:14 PM

are you looking for just wood only ?
have you checked your local craigslist and facebook marketplace ??

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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Coleman Dodds

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#2 posted 01-17-2020 05:17 PM



have you checked your local craigslist and facebook marketplace ??

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- John Smith

I’ll take a look thank you.

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CaptainKlutz

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#3 posted 01-17-2020 06:15 PM

When I need to find new lumber sources, I ask Google maps.

Here is what I get asking for ‘Hardwood near Hopedale Ohio’ (your location)
https://www.google.com/maps/search/hardwood+near+Hopedale,+Ohio/@40.4555125,-82.1840132,9z

Can also search for ‘sawmill near XXX’ to find direct sawmill sources.
https://www.google.com/maps/search/sawmill+near+Hopedale,+Ohio/@40.4444461,-81.9835183,9z

There used to be a huge number of lumber mills in Ohio?
When I lived in SW Ohio decades ago, would make the drive to Yoder Lumber near Sugar Creek, Ohio. Could find small units of ‘shorts’ lumber for half the normal prices. Haven’t visited Yoder in about 7 years, but used to call and see what was they had available for ~$1-2 bdft; and then drag a trailer of wood back to Arizona, where we pay 3-4x retail prices found in Ohio. Think even used to be 5-6 competing sawmills located between Sugar Creek and Millersburg (just down the road from Yoder), which is ~50mi away from Hopedale?

Can also find sawyer’s on the WoodMizer site’s ’ Find a Sawyer’ search.
https://woodmizer.com/us/Find-a-Local-Sawyer

Best Luck.

How to use Google maps to find new lumber sources should be a sticky post, as often I share this?
To bad LJ doesn’t use them. :-(

Update: I forgot to mention that there are also existing threads where folks have asked for same. Try using ‘lumber ohio’ in LJ search too.

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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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 01-17-2020 06:36 PM

Try Keim Lumber (you didn’t mention anything about costs). It seems to me it fits the location definition you gave, but you can check for yourself. For sure they have a great selection of wood.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Wildwood

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#5 posted 01-17-2020 07:07 PM

If go to this site type in key word and zip code will get you what’s available plus:
https://www.woodfinder.com/

found putting in zip code:
https://www.woodfinder.com/search.php

-- Bill

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 01-17-2020 07:41 PM

I’ll second Keim, if they don’t have it, they can get it. You are talking about an area where there are trees, if you find trees, lumber is nearby.

Post your general location, could be a local that comes here can help. I am not a wood seller, but I have sold hundreds of bd/ft of wood to guys like you, looking.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 01-17-2020 10:46 PM

I find that woodfinder carries those places that pay their fee to be on woodfinder, however some really great supplier/producers don’t pay the fee, so pick a zip code, and search for hardwood, hardwood lumber, and every way you can think of it. Best of both worlds.

Using this, and add my zip code, and you miss 3 of my favorite suppliers. 2 smaller, one HUGE. As a matter of fact a few of the woodfinder hits I do get, buy their wood from HUGE.

-- Think safe, be safe

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BattleRidge

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#8 posted 01-18-2020 07:31 PM

I am located near Cambridge Ohio and my primary wood source is Keim Lumber in Charm ( http://www.keimlumber.com ). Their prices are quite reasonable and they also have free delivery within 150 miles which is quite convenient, particularly for items like 5’ x 5’ Baltic Birch plywood and such. I recommend checking out their website to get an idea of the wide variety of woodworking tools and supplies, wood or building materials (a large selection of exotic woods also) and many other items available – not something you would expect to find in the small community of Charm. I have been a customer for over 30 years and it is amazing how much it has grown from just a few small buildings to the complex it is now. While in the area it is also worthwhile to check out Ohio’s Amish country and the many stores and shops, restaurants and sights to see in Berlin and elsewhere.

Another good source is Hartville Hardware in Hartville ( http://www.hartvillehardware.com ). They also have a nice selection of tools, equipment and other items. Their wood selection is primarily located on the lower level of the store and don’t be surprised to find an actual ‘idea’ house located inside the store. Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market is located just behind the hardware store and it is worth checking out while there ( http://www.hartvillemarketplace.com ), as well as Hartville Kitchen located next door for their yummy selection of foods (don’t let a longer line chase you off and it moves somewhat quickly).

While I haven’t been there, Yoder Lumber ( http://www.yoderlumber.com ) appears to have good potential, as well as a multitude of other smaller operations throughout the East Central Ohio area.

Other resources include Woodcraft in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Parkersburg WV, Rockler in Pittsburgh and Wood Werks in Columbus. Of course there is also the staples of Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menard’s (including their new location in New Philadelphia).

-- ~Art~

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CaptainKlutz

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#9 posted 01-18-2020 08:44 PM

One more tip regarding lumber in Ohio:

There are many pallet mfg located in Ohio. Several I know located between Columbus and Parkersburg have a private sawmill for cutting pallet lumber (mostly oak). They occasionally get ‘stuck’ with unwanted trees, as part of land clearing or harvesting deals. If they don’t sell the trees to other mills, they sit unloved till sawmill/staff is idle. Once idle, they mill it and sell it cheap. Have found them sitting on cherry and walnut; just waiting for customers to ask for it. Don’t call asking for couple boards, they only sell full banded units ranging from 300-1000 bdft. Nice part about pallet mfg is they kiln dry everything. It’s a requirement for pallets to be dry and bug free. So don’t be afraid to call pallet mfg looking for lumber for your next big project.

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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CoolDavion

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#10 posted 02-16-2020 05:35 PM

Baird Brothers in Canfield Oh https://www.bairdbrothers.com

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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