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01-22-2021 06:47 PM

What’s your top pick (...and any runner-ups worth mentioning)?


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#1 posted 01-22-2021 07:39 PM

The only place I’ve bought lumber online was Advantage Lumber. Once a year or so they have a killer sale. I kept thinking about driving there, but the nearest mill is 5 hours each way. Last year I just placed an order by motor freight. 8/4 Purpleheat was cheaper than hickory. So, I got 100 bf of that and 300 bf of 12/4 Angelim Pedra and some persimmon, cocobolo (scrap grade) and Jatoba 2×2x42 ballister blanks. It was a good deal! Everything was fine except the persimmon was kinda poor. The tropical stuff was excellent.

Also I’ve bought some turning blanks from West Penn Hardwoods (which is not, nor has ever been located in Western Pennsylvania, but you can read about their history on their site). I was pleased with the material I bought.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 01-22-2021 07:44 PM

In the past I used Wall Lumber. Have to order at least 100 bf. Very high quality, excellent price.

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 07:47 PM

I’ll put in a plug for West Penn Hardwoods too. They’re in Hickory, NC and I’ve never bought from them online but their selection and service is fantastic in their store and it’s the same folks. Their prices are good and their stock is always prime stuff.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 01-22-2021 08:36 PM

Aside from the common domestics, finding wood here in NM is difficult. You can get some nice exotics but the prices are exotic too!

I’ve bought some of the “UPS packs” from Wall in NC and was pleased with what arrived, although shipped wood rarely is inexpensive unless you go truck freight and make the load worthwhile.

I have received 300 bf of QSWO from CR lumber in Ohio that cost me far less than anything local. It wasn’t all high end figured stuff, but certainly all QS with zero “garbage” to deal with.

Cook Woods has the fancy stuff and photos for the actual board you are buying, but the cost is up there. Great selection though and frequent sales along with small “packs” of certain woods which are good for sticking up on the shelf for some yet-to-be-determined projects.

One less known source is a semi-local Lumber Liquidators They sell flooring and the unfinished hardwood variety has been a favorite of mine for Jatoba. Nice, clear, and dry wood, but of course limited to standard 3-5 inch widths and the typical T&G work that gets cut off. The big saver here is they basically have bundles brought to there store without shipping charges.

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#5 posted 01-22-2021 09:39 PM

Here’s Advantage lumber’s current sale sheet on lumber.

https://www.advantagelumber.com/specials.htm

Scroll down to “shop New York” or shop Florida depending on where you are.

Florida 8/4 purpleheart is $4/bf for example.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#6 posted 01-22-2021 10:10 PM

Here’s mine. I have bought from there many times, and will again.

https://www.gvwp.net/

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#7 posted 01-22-2021 10:21 PM

I was coming down the road this morning and spotted a mil at a tree service. I called the owner and he said come look around “I got plenty”. Downside is it may need to get some dry time in.

Kenny, West Penn is only 1 1/2 hours away, that’s striking distance.

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#8 posted 01-22-2021 11:09 PM

Don’t check that out^ Spammer

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 01-22-2021 11:11 PM

CF, if you’ve never been, you need to! The first time I went, I spent several hours and never got beyond the turning blanks and “b-grade” bins.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#10 posted 01-22-2021 11:18 PM



Don’t check that out^ Spammer

- HokieKen

I thought those turkeys weren’t allowed on here.
Anyway…What I order is mostly scroll saw type wood. I order from Ocooch Hardwoods and Cherokee Lumber. Both have great wood and excellent service. That said, I think Cherokee has lumber that would fit most of you folks.

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#11 posted 01-23-2021 03:17 AM



In the past I used Wall Lumber. Have to order at least 100 bf. Very high quality, excellent price.

- dschlic1


I followed that Link and had a look. Yes looks like some good prices.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 01-23-2021 03:42 AM

I’ve bought from Savage Woods in Austin, TX a couple times. They have quality stuff for Central American exotics, but their prices aren’t any great bargain. But I’ve been happy with things from their clearance pages (descriptions of the flaws are accurate and you can look at the board you’re buying) and shipping is quick.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 01-23-2021 05:06 AM

Another shout-out for CR lumber in Ohio. I live in Montana, and he sends me great wood, fast ship. I have ordered many times. Alderfer Lumber in PA., tell them what you need and they will fix you up for a fair price. Woodworkers Source in AZ. Is also got great wood, I have had good luck with all of these.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 01-23-2021 06:16 AM

Anyway…What I order is mostly scroll saw type wood. I order from Ocooch Hardwoods and Cherokee Lumber. Both have great wood and excellent service. That said, I think Cherokee has lumber that would fit most of you folks.

- OzarkSawdust

I also buy mostly thin dimension woods from Ocooch they have been usually fast they are limited a bit but have been pleased. I just wish I could order longer thin boards to wrap grain around for boxes. You can buy longer boards thin from Cherokee.

-- Purpose of Life a Life of Purpose

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#15 posted 01-24-2021 02:09 AM

Tomsfoolery,. West Penn also sells thin stock. In lengths up to 48 inches.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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