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Review by LukeFreeze posted 06-23-2014 01:13 PM 2625 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I usually do small projects out of specialty woods and sometimes have a difficult time finding stock. For the longest time, I have been getting wood from Rockler because of the smaller sizes and available widths and thicknesses. However, I often times received a crooked or warped piece. The final straw was ordering supplies to make a project out of 3/8” Walnut. I was almost done when I made a wrong cut and needed to order another piece. However, at the time, Rockler was out of 3/8” Walnut, but had the 1/2” :) I suppose they wanted me to order that and a planer. At this point, I looked around and FINALLY found a new supplier and couldn’t be more happy. If you’re looking for a hardwood supplier online, I would highly recommend Ocooch Hardwoods from Viola, WI. www.OcoochHardwoods.com

The best thing about Ocooch is their attention to detail. Here is how your wood arrives.

It’s always sanded on both sides and usually square all around…I’ve not had a piece that wasn’t fixed with a just a quick sand in one or two spots.

I ordered this at 3/8” and of course that’s what I got.

Not too much wiggle room, but a little…I ordered 8” and got about 8 1/16”, seems to be the average i get.

Same thing on the length. I ordered 24” and usually get 24 1/6” or 24 1/8”.

And finally, a quick wipe with Mineral Spirits shows how beautiful it will look.

Hope this helps some of you and keeps you from looking for hours like I did before you take the plunge and find a place with reasonable prices that you can trust to get quality woods.




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#1 posted 06-23-2014 08:46 PM

How are there prices?? and shipping cost?

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 10:23 PM

Rusty nailed the question of the day in one try.

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 10:59 PM

Based on this:
http://ocoochhardwoods.com/scrollsawwood_prices.php
it looks like the 3/8” X 8” X 24” walnut is $26 a bf!

Shipping cost:
Orders less than $40.00 shipping is $11.00
Over $40.00 and less than $80.00 – $13.00
Over $80.00 – 20%

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 05:15 AM

i don’t mean to be rude chuckv but your calculations are not quite correct. the cost comes out to $8.71 per board foot by my calculations.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 12:12 PM

i don’t mean to be rude chuckv but your calculations are not quite correct. the cost comes out to $8.71 per board foot by my calculations.

I’ve been wrong before and I could be wrong again!

The web site lists the price as $13 for 3/8” X 8” X 24”. In bf, this is (3/8 X 8 X 24) / 144 = 0.5. At $13, the cost is $26/bf.

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 03:25 AM

Thanks for the heads up. We are pretty lucky here in Houston area. We have a few wood suppliers locally that I can call on for supplies. But, most of it is not finished and needs some work.

Are their delivery times pretty good?

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 10:23 AM

Brad,
I think I usually end up paying a flat $11 for shipping and if I remember right, it’s usually here in 3 or sometimes 4 days, which isn’t too bad for clear down here in south Florida. So yes, the wood may be more than other places, as others above pointed out. However,I mainly do small projects and am happy to pay extra for quality wood I know I can always get. Also, paying at least half for shipping and receiving it in less than the 10 days I was getting it from the other places isn’t a bad deal either.

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