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Blog entry by Farrout posted 04-07-2013 11:08 AM 1023 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are few places to find lumber for projects in Tampa.
I did find one place that sells many types of rough cut hardwood.
Intercity lumber.
I spent close to $200 for enough poplar to build my last project, a porch swing.
The big box stores don’t carry much.

Is it easier to find hardwoods in other parts of the country?

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unclebenny

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 12:02 PM

Hi Farout,
Here in Minnesota we have a company named RootRiver Hardwoods. They have a great selection of high quality lumber, both rough cut and finish, of most common woods. Maybe check your yellow pages or Internet, I would guess a similar co. specializing in hardwood is in your area too.

Good luck!

Unclebenny

Also, finding a place that has quality wood in the dimensions your projects require is worth a little drive time.

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Sawdust2

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 02:02 PM

In the Atlanta area we have three places that sell a huge selection of hardwoods, mostly rough, S2S

I use two of them regularly.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 02:50 PM

Woodcraft – Clearwater/Tampa, FL Clearwater FL (10 miles) Hardwood Lumber & Millwork Lakeland FL (40 miles)

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 03:49 PM

You might want to get out the yellow pages and look into other sources and look up all the woodworking companies, furniture makers cabinet shops, etc. and spend a day or two riding around and look at their facilities. Any medium to large size company will have a dumpster outside where they dispose of their waste. They have to purge their waists and drop every so often. It cost money to haul it off. I’ve seen companies that have pallet loads of drop of perfectly good cabinet grade plywood sitting outside. You can also find some hardwood and other materials. It’s all drop of course. If you’re willing to haul enough of it off they’ll let you have it. Make a habit of it occasionally enough so you find it before it’s rained on. You’ll get to know a few of them and then you can ask ‘em if they have any drop or off fall in their way that they want to sell for a big discount. I’ve never seen a going business that didn’t have this sort of thing and they can only afford to hang on to it for so long.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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dschlic1

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 08:16 PM

In Tampa there is store called Craftsman Supply. They have better prices then Intercity.

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 10:14 PM

talk to brother carpenters and find a local sawmill. I found a guy less than 2 miles from the house he sells every thing for $1 a bf. or less. oak(R,W), poplar, cotton wood, walnut, locust, cherry, ash and other local hard woods. the last load I got was 900BF of poplar for $100. I also got 3 2×10x18 R-oak for $20 total not each. and they were clean as a whistle.

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Tim

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 10:59 PM

Craigslist in the materials section is another decent way to find people that are selling wood.

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