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Best prices and lumber yards Alexandria, VA

by TObenhuber
posted 01-17-2017 02:29 AM


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patron

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#1 posted 01-17-2017 02:43 AM

best i can do for you bud

i’m in new mexico
brother lives in mannasas

https://www.google.com/#safe=off&q=wood+suppliers+virginia

https://www.google.com/#safe=off&q=wood+suppliers+washington+dc+area

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#2 posted 01-17-2017 02:47 AM

I would recommend going either a little further south or a little further north to hunt. You’ll likely pay a premium for anything you find in DC.

This place is in Annapolis. You’ll likely pay a premium on what you are looking for, but you’ll end up with some really great material.

If you are willing to drive further, there are quite a few options in Southern PN and even a handful of sawyers in Northern MD. I buy walnut and maple from a Sawyer in Northern MD and I never pay more than $4 a bf for either.

Hearne Hardwoods in PN is incredible, but again pricey.

A little google searching will probably reveal some places in Northern VA, maybe down in Fredericksburg…

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#3 posted 01-17-2017 03:42 AM

Thanks guys. I will probably save some gas and try something closer. Driving that far won’t really save money. I would consider Waldorf, MD, Manassas, VA, Woodbridge, VA.

Still crossing fingers for a local Sawyer or maybe a sale near me.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#4 posted 01-17-2017 03:49 AM

As mentioned, Exotic lumber in Annapolis is great, and a fantastic selection. Tad pricey, but one stop shop. I always check local craigslists, look under materials. You have to wade through a lot of miscellaney, but often find local small sawyers with air and/or kild dried hardwoods for very reasonable prices.
Check these 2 links out.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mat/5953559543.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mat/5952353372.html

Good luck and post pictures!
Kimball

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#5 posted 01-17-2017 04:05 AM

Might also check with fellow LJ Charles Neil…..he is also nearby…and see where he buys his lumber at…

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#6 posted 01-17-2017 05:40 AM

For small quantities of stuff I just go to the Rockville Woodcraft. Yes, Woodcraft is VERY expensive. For larger quantities, I’ve purchased from Exotic Lumber, in Frederick, it’s 25 min from me.

If it were me, 10-12 BF I’d likely just go to the most convenient place, even at $3 more a BF, that’s only an extra $30-$36 and by the time you’re done with fuel, DC area traffic and your time investment the savings isn’t worth saving in my opinion.

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#7 posted 01-17-2017 12:20 PM

Thanks guys!!! It’s going to be used for an end grain cutting board for a friend by request.

I typically don’t use those nice/luxury woods. I usually use Pine, Doug Fir, and the locally harvested white oak in sizes I can mill. This will be a nice change from the case hardened, high tension, and often twisted hardware store cull rack stuff I am accustomed to using.

Very exciting for me!!!

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#8 posted 01-17-2017 12:31 PM


I will probably save some gas and try something closer. Driving that far won t really save money.

- TObenhuber

Very true, but there’s always adventure in the journey and that has value too. ;-)

I honestly would go check Hearne at some point in the future. It’s a really awesome place. They are the number one provider of lumber to Martin Guitars… They’ve got some incredible trees out there drying and some really special stuff in the racks.. I’m not a religious person, so places like Hearne end up feeling like churches to me.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#9 posted 01-17-2017 01:24 PM

Travis – You might try Colonial Hardwoods in Springfield … 703-451-9217.

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#10 posted 01-17-2017 01:54 PM

Give Hardwoods in the Rough a shot. They opened shop in Manassas a few months ago. Good selection and decent prices. Additionally, if they don’t have something you are looking for they can order it for you for no extra charge.

http://www.roughhardwoods.com/

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#11 posted 01-17-2017 03:05 PM

I use C P Johnson lumber at the Culpepper airport. Might be too far for you, but he has great prices and his stock is usually head and shoulders higher quality than most of the others I have tried. http://cpjohnsonlumber.com/

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#12 posted 01-17-2017 05:29 PM

Again, thanks guys!!! I really appreciate the tips. Most of those places might be a bit far to have any actual savings. If I get to a project where quality becomes a lot of the priority, I will definitely look back at these recommendations.

UncannyValleyWoods, I totally understand. Since I started woodworking a few years ago. I can’t even walk through Shenandoah or Appalachian Trail without thinking about the wonders within some of those huge trees. Really awesome. You might enjoy The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker’s Reflections by George Nakashima. Very interesting.

For now, I will probably try Colonial Hardwoods this afternoon and give Hardwoods in the Rough a shot since I do visit my dad’s cabin in Front Royal pretty often. Might try to stop by Hardwoods in the Rough in about two weeks.

As far as all of the recommendations, I would feel bad buying a large natural edge beautiful board to dimension it, cut it to small pieces, and turn it into a cutting board. I feel like there are others on here that would be much better suited to bring out the beauty in one of those opportunities.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#13 posted 01-17-2017 06:41 PM

PM me as I might have what you are looking for in my garage and I work in Springfield and could meet you. Are you looking for rough cut or planed? I can help either way just let me know.

-- Gary, Virginia

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#14 posted 01-17-2017 06:43 PM

Also +1 for CP Johnson lumber if you find yourself in need of larger quantities. I go there at least a couple times a month and stock up. Great prices and a great selection!

-- Gary, Virginia

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#15 posted 01-17-2017 09:41 PM

This might sound like a stupid question but…. u guys that buy lumber from sawmills do u just randomly drive up An see if they just hav some of lumber u want? I hav at least a dozen sawmills within 15 miles from my house but I’ve never heard of anyone buying much other than just roughcut for siding or mayb so 2bys to build a barn or shed. Do sawmills generally had dried lumber or is that something u hav to do?

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#16 posted 01-17-2017 10:24 PM

I would try it if you are in the market for wood but don’t have a specific type you want.

I have heard of folks bringing the logs to mill and then using it more as a service than buying the products. I am sure a place that has the capability to mill also has a decent selection of locally sourced hard and soft wood ready to sell. I would assume that most of the time you will have to store the wood yourself for drying. Especially if you have a specific moisture content needed for your particular project.

Air dried wood is pretty nice and in my short time milling my own wood. The air dried stuff is much more predictable and machines better. Just takes a bit longer.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#17 posted 01-17-2017 11:00 PM

Travis, I am in Gainesville and agree that Colonial would be your best bet for a small quantity of lumber. They also have some eye candy if your interested. I buy most of my stock at CP Johnson but I try to buy 50-100 bdft at a time. There is, also, Dunlap Woodcrafts in Chantilly. I haven’t been to Hardwoods in the Rough yet, I really need to get there. Good luck!

-- Art

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#18 posted 01-17-2017 11:20 PM

Colonial was very cool. Tables, cutting boards, the wood shop. Heavenly. I went to check the prices to tell my buddy about it who requested the cutting board. I will be headed back very soon I’m sure.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#19 posted 01-26-2017 05:10 PM

Thanks for these Scraps LOL Nails023 and the great price!!! I really appreciate it more than you know. Definitely a case of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

The Lumberjocks community for the WIN!!!

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#20 posted 01-26-2017 06:18 PM



This might sound like a stupid question but…. u guys that buy lumber from sawmills do u just randomly drive up An see if they just hav some of lumber u want? I hav at least a dozen sawmills within 15 miles from my house but I ve never heard of anyone buying much other than just roughcut for siding or mayb so 2bys to build a barn or shed. Do sawmills generally had dried lumber or is that something u hav to do?

- JCamp

Not a stupid question at all.

The short answer is Craigslist. Most local sawmill guys will post various things on Craigslist. That’s where I found the one that I go to regularly.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#21 posted 01-26-2017 06:53 PM

JCamp, I would suggest just calling. An old fashion phone call will probably go a long way. Once you at least establish a relationship with the person with the mill. Then you can probably find more convenient ways to communicate.

Coming from a millennial and an introvert, I personally HATE calling and talking on the phone. In the world of people, It still speaks volumes of your character to be able to hold down the basic conversation. Coming from someone that imagines myself to be Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation) or Nick Offerman (the woodworker), same still holds true regarding the basic human interaction. Pretty much everyone wants you to be nice to them and visa versa. Remember that if the firs steps make you nervous like it does for me.

Also, if they have an email or a web site. Message them through that too. Excess interest in someone’s business is better than no interest at all. At least they know they will potentially build interest or make a sale. That is important to folks who run a mill as a hobby or professionally.

Just try to think about it from their point of view. It might help.

Good luck!!!

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#22 posted 01-26-2017 10:05 PM

May want to try these folks

MARYLAND SELECT HARDWOODS
7470 Mason Springs Road, La Plata, MD 20646
301-743-2225 maryland-select.com dennis.woodruff1@gmail.com
Always call first to schedule a lumber pickup, as we are closed 2-3 random days each week.

I have spoken with these folks many times but they are a long way from me and getting there is a problem. From Alexandria, they are not too far.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#23 posted 01-27-2017 02:21 PM

Thanks dbray45!!! I might give them a shot once I need more hardwood. I do wander over to MD for work and I also fly out of the Potomac airfield (KVKX) on the weekends.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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