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10-07-2009 03:48 PM

I’m currently working on getting my woodshop u and running, and once it is I want to hit thr ground running with some projects. I’ve done some furniture in the past, but I think I want to focus on little projects right now – cutting boards, signs, and bandsaw boxes etc. So where do you guys mostly get wood from? I’m north of Chicago, and know of a wood store near me, but their wood is awfully expensive. There is a store up in Minneapolis that sells scrap pieces (still pretty big though) for a discount price. I go up there from time-to-time so I have access to local stores, but is there an online vendor that you guys go through? What is everyone’s preferred method for obtaining wood?

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 04:10 PM

I normally get my hardwood from a sawyier that lives about 50 miles from my home. His prices are much better than retail outlets such as Woodcraft or Rockler. Lowe’s and Home Depot have a very limited selection of hardwood and you will pay about $6.00 a bf which is way to much for me. Your best bet would be to locate a local sawyier who can provide you with hardwood lumber.

A good source to try is Craigslist. Hardwood is generally posted in the materials section and, while posts do not show up everyday unless you are near a large metropolitan area, if you are patient good deals can be found there.

Another source to try is Woodfinder. This is a useful site to locate local suppliers. It tends to focus on retail outlets but it can be useful in finding other sources of wood.

Internet purchases are ok and you can find some good suppliers but adding in shipping escalates the cost of lumber. Another source of wood that might be of use is a site member, Barlow sells hardwood.

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 04:15 PM

Ditto on checking with to locate sources near you.

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 04:18 PM

Google Wall Lumber Co.

They sell 20 bf bundles of various species at a price that includes UPS shipping. Their prices are the best I’ve found on the internet, and the quality of the lumber is excellent.

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 04:20 PM

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 04:54 PM

I almost always try to buy local wood, unless I have a specific requirement or can mill it myself. Here is an old sawmill list from your state, but could help:
Woodweb’s listing for sawmills:

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 04:58 PM

Ditto on woodfinder…

FWIW, I have a 14” bandsaw with a riser block, and a shop built resaw jig. I make a LOT of my own hardwood lumber from limb stock, and smallish trunks that neighbors cut down. This stuff seasons in my attic for about a year before I even think about using it…

Species I usually fun into around here are Pecan, Mesquite, Live Oak, Cedar, Ash, and Walnut. I don’t bother with pine as I can buy that so cheap locally pre done it’s not funny.

The lumber I buy is usually from the big box stores. Lowes seems to have better quality lumber in these parts, but YMMV depending on where you live.

For more exotic stuff, and mind you, I haven’t been buying exotics, but I have found a couple of local hardwood dealers and sawmills within about 2 hours of the house… And there is always Rockler and Woodcraft.

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 05:22 PM

When I lived in Buffalo Grove, I used to go to OWL Hardwoods. Good stock of domestics and exotics and unusal plywoods also. They can joint or mill for an extra charge.

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 08:59 PM

vincent, did you ever make it up to WoodWerks up in Waukonda? How does OWL compare?

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 09:20 PM

Yes, I did get to Wodwerks. OWL had a better selection of what I needed (quartersawm and rift sawn oak and matching plywood). Woodwerks had a nice assortment of exotics.

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 09:39 PM

I have also used also… Whats nice about them is they let you request a quote for any sized order…and they also list offers to sell from various providers….some are small time sawyers that give excellent deals…it’s another tool to add to your wood source.

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 09:57 PM

Do some google searches for “sawmill,” “sawyer,” “hardwood,” etc. I too am new to this hobby, and I recently found a sawyer about 10 minutes from my house in the City of Cleveland. Turns out the guy is a one man shop and gets all his trees from the city and surrounding suburbs that get cut down by the utility companies, which typically go to a landfill. He saws it, kiln dries it, and sells it himself out of his warehouse/shop. Unless you were looking, you would never know this guy existed. You need to dig a little to find the local sources.

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 10:07 PM

Thanks for all the tips everyone! I’ll check out all the links, and search for some more local guys also.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 06:22 PM

Thought I would continue this thread instead of a new one except I am looking for wood sources in the Tampa Bay area. Any help is appreciated. thanks in advance.

-- Tampa-FL

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