first time in a hardwood dealer

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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 05-02-2012 03:54 AM 1164 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went this weekend Frieden hardwood dealer in Kansas and I was overwhelmed by the feelings of joy and happiness. I am a beginning woodworker and this was the first time buying wood from someone other than the local lumber yard or Home depot. Anyone in Kansas I whole heatedly recommend checking him out. So many people and or companies are worried about the bottom line. Mark while I am sure he made sure his money was made he also was flexible and made the experience fun and easy.

I was intimated to head to a hardwood dealer and almost did not take the 45 min drive to him. I decided to buy some purple heart (honestly because I wanted it), ash, cherry and some curly maple. I went up there because of my mother inn law project and will be back as soon as possible.

On a side note I took my father which ended up being a great trip, but we both felt it was a sad reality that at least in our area, when Mark frieden stops his services it will require either the interned or a very long drive to buy the same product and will not be sold by anyone as enjoyable as Frieden hardwoods.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 06:35 AM


Where in Kansas is Frieden, please? Thanks.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 10:59 AM

It is Frieden Lumber

3462 Delaware Rd
Pomona, Ks 66067


-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 03:56 PM

It really is a kid in a candy shop kind of feeling. Every time I walk into one I walk out with something I didn’t walk in for. Just can’t be helped.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 04:04 PM

derosa I completely agree I went in to get some cherry and ash for a couple projects and ended up with curly maple and purple heart as well. I have looked at lumber in the big box store and honestly wood have just gone to one of them if not for a couple videos I saw where they recommended a hardwood dealer. I did not enjoy the home-depot experience looking for wood. I am already thinking about an excuse to get approval from the wife for a second trip.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 06:38 PM

I remember leaving a wee puddle the first time I went to a “real wood store”. Came home with some nice lumber and a large dent on my credit card. Too much to pick from and not much restraint on my part :)

-- Turning A Round

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 01:27 AM

My wife let me take a hundred bucks and after stepping into the lumber wonderland I also could have put a large dent into a credit card

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 09:33 PM


Glad you gave Mark a try—my dad and I get down there (we’re in Lawrence) at least two or three times a year, and it’s always a pleasure to do business with him. Nice hardwood, nice selection, nice guy.

I bought some hard maple from Mark Frieden a couple of years ago (for a baby bed and changing table/dresser), and he was able to order me some maple plywood as well—only took two or three days.


-- Doug, Kansas,

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