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Forum topic by reggiek posted 07-07-2009 10:56 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2009 10:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood sources materials locations question

I’ve been looking through the posts and such but dont find any mention of a good, reasonable source for good project material. I believe I’ve done like most….looked through advertisements….checked with friends…etc….etc…Some stuff occassionaly falls in place for me….but certainly not enough to feed my “habit” for interesting projects.

For the small pieces and such, I can usually get at a home improvement box store or local lumberyard. Their selections are definitely not what I would call “quality” materials nor do they carry much in the way of decent sizes or grades. Hardwoods…good luck!

In my construction work, it is easy to find base materials – 2X4’s, 2X6’s etc….all from Doug Fir or some other knotted and pitch infested rag wood. Since the finish and imperfections of these materials do not matter in rough carpentry…this is ok. Try to find a good birdseye maple for a cabinet….or a good piece of burl for a turning….and you are just out of luck.

This question came up from reading the blog/forum on the guys in KY that were discussing and showing pictures of all the material they were sawing up and milling. As with alot of the folks here, I am too far from that location to make any use of it….though I too was drooling at the selection of woods they had.

My question goes to where others are finding their sources like myself. Not being a commercial cabinet maker I just want to find a reasonable priced supplier that would ship small to medium sized orders at a reasonable price? I am located in CA – 1/2 way between LA and SF…Ideas??

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 11:42 PM

REggie, your best bet would be to find a local sawyier who can supply you with wood. HD and Lowe’s are pretty pricey, around $6 a bf, and carry only oak, maple and pine, which usually are not in the best of shape.

One source you can use to locate a supplier is Another resource is to use Craigslist and check the materials section. Occasionally there will be hardwood lumber sales posted there.

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 01:58 AM

Thanks Scott…Ive looked at craigs once in a while but have not found anything of value locally…I’ve had a few possibilities for locations further away…but they would have required splitting the order or some such as they would not ship less then 1000 b.f. Unfortunately, having a shop in this area means the majority of hardwood available is oak…not a bad wood to work with….but a bit boring after a while. My favorites are cherry and birdseye for domestic and mahogony and rosewood for exotics….but any wood that is workable is welcome.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 03:13 AM

Reggie, I specialize in shipping small quantities of lumber all over the U.S., I can ship from anywhere from a small piece of a board, to a small pallet, to even full semi loads/rail cars of lumber. I specialize in birdseye maple, i have a forum on here, feel free to send me a p.m. with any questions or request for quotes. All my lumber is professionally sawn in large sawmills to ensure accuraccy and a consistant product, it is also all professionally dry kilned.

-- barlow

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