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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 03-08-2009 11:35 PM 1364 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2009 11:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood source supplier wholesale lumber yard question

Hi all,

I was just wondering where you find all this fantastic wood for these projects?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 12:21 AM

I have a local dealer who has his own kiln and contracts the sawing to sawmills around the region.

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 12:28 AM

I buy some on ebay, some from local sawers, craigslist, and some from a local hardwood supplier. Local sawers are the best bet, and usually have the best prices.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 02:48 AM

Make friends with a logger or someone who has a mill….. and keep your eyes open. Sometimes, it’s just laying on the side of the road.

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 03:44 AM

Thanks for the offer socalwood :-) I’m in WA state. I started this more out of curosity than need. I have more wood piled up now than the better half thinks I will ever use!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 11:27 AM

Topa. Woodcraft and Rockler are the nationwide chains. All of their stores carry a pretty good supply of the more available domestics and exotics. They aren’t cheap but they get stuff like purpleheart/yellowheart/bloodwood, etc and keep a decent stock.
Once I got a few ideas in my head of what I wanted, I started shopping on eBay. I was hesitant to buy there but most everyone uses PayPal which is a guaranteed/protected purchase so I felt a little better.
Recently I’ve found little gems like Schutte Lumber in Kansas City and Paxton hardwoods here in the Denver area. Do a little research in the yellow pages or on line and you’d be amazed at how many places have the woods we all want.
I also started putting the word out to friends, family, and co workers that I will trade for lumber. A co worker of mine recently swapped me a stack of mahogany flooring he had stacked in his garage (about 100 board feet) for a meat band saw that I had never put together (I paid $149 or so about 10 yrs ago). Worked out well for both of us!
I won’t ramble since you probably got about a thousand answers to this one.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 12:27 PM

I had some furniture made for me by a local company (too busy at the time to do it myself). I asked them where they got their wood. At first, they were reluctant to tell me but eventually I “got it out of them”!! When I was ready, I went to the supplier with a box of fresh baked muffins and made friends (he stocks a lot of exotics for his own work and for sales). This guy also supplies the independent (non-Borg) lumber yards in the area. You may want to start with them and see where they get their wood – it has to come from SOMEWHERE! I find Woodcraft too expensive…but they do have some very unusual woods that my guy does not – like bookmatched slabs ($500 for one set I saw!). You are probably a little too far away to use my guy ;-)!!
Anyway…if you know a local furniture company or maybe even a cabinet shop in your area, ask them where they get their wood!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 01:46 PM

Topamax have you been to the WoodWorkers of Sumner store? They’re a family owned store with a good selection of wood, friendly and helpful staff and a easy to navigate show room. Prices for lumber are not bad.
I usually go there for most of my wood, sometimes I’m able to score wood from jobsites I work at. I got some nice pieces of Bubbinga from the last remodel of a bar that I was installing a mixed gas system in. I helped carry in 3 8ft pieces that was going to be the bar top and the crew left some of the cut offs for me in the back of my work truck, the biggest piece is triangular with the natural edge side 42” long by 27” wide by 8/4

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 06:00 PM

I have bought some from Cooks wood in Klamath falls Oregon

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 05:56 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I have bought wood at Cooks a time or two.

Never been to the Woodworkers of Sumner Store. Just found out about it a couple of weeks ago.

I was more curious about what ya’ll do mopre then looking for wood. My wife says I have too much of it piled around here ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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