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Forum topic by ofgortens posted 08-01-2008 09:36 PM 5520 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2008 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardwood dealers cheap prices good wood

I have no idea where to post this… but is there a site somewhere that can show you good hardwood dealers in areas of the country? Where would one best find where to get his/her hardwood for the best price and a place you might be able to rummage through and pick your pieces? (maybe not that lucky)

Yes I guess I can look in the yellow pages… but form what I have seen looking under ‘lumber’ or ‘hardwoods’ i havnt had as much luck as some others that I know in other areas of the country. Perhaps even have the option of having them planed or not (hopefully lowering the price getting them before they are planed cause I can do that myself).

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 10:34 PM

Generally, if you can find one, independent dealers or sawmills will have a better price on hardwood but here are two that can find dealers in your area:

Other sources inclued Ebay. A fellow LJ, Barlow offers hardwood for sale as well.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 08-01-2008 11:01 PM

Woodweb might be another possible source….

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#3 posted 08-01-2008 11:09 PM

Try the state Forester for your area. They usually know sawmills in their area, because they are not usually advertised. Also try calling Woodmizer and asking for owners in your area that custom cut and have wood for sale. I’ve seen it around here for 1.00 a bd ft, usually green but if you buy enough and then store it you can keep ahead of the use curve. Some of them also have kilns. A new member to our woodworkers club has a Woodmizer and kiln. I don’t know of his lumber prices though.

A 100.00 purchase will get you a lot of wood. What you’d pay for about 6-7 boards at the big boys box stores.

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#4 posted 08-02-2008 07:04 PM

Most of the larger sawmills, distributors, and wholesalers are members of the National Hardwood Lumber Association. You can go to the website at for a directory. Many wholesalers also have small lot sales that can help you on smaller projects. Good luck.



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#5 posted 08-04-2008 10:32 PM

If you’re ever out in Ohio, there’s a store in Toledo that specializes in hardwood lumber. It’s a family owned shop. Very basic. They do a lot to keep overhead low & it shows in their prices. The name is Kencraft. They have a lot of domestic lumber and quite a bit of exotic lumber. They also have some specials that they run in the store (discounts on certain kinds of lumber that changes throughout the year). They have a website too, it’s a fairly new website.

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#6 posted 03-20-2009 07:27 AM

I’m from Toledo ohio , Mrdude is spot on Kencraft is awesome they also sell on ebay there discounts are mostly maple cherry oak and some times ash and they carry alot of extotics and are extremely pleasant to do business with ! two thumbs up !

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 03:31 PM

Woodfinder always seems to get mentioned as a place to look, but it doesn’t show the majority of sources because it’s something like $300 a year to be listed. I never bother with it.

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#8 posted 03-20-2009 11:07 PM

I just visited the Kencraft store. Those aren’t bad for the quality of the wood in the pictures. I might have to test them out and write a review. :)

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#9 posted 03-22-2009 01:30 AM

I bought these board from in Maryland. the shipping was not bad and there prices are very good so it is worth while to buy through them. I visited there business and it has the best collection I have seen anywhere, real unusual boards.

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