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Forum topic by TylerC posted 07-11-2015 03:13 AM 860 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TylerC

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07-11-2015 03:13 AM

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I have recently been turned on to woodworking and started by making two tables, a table bench, and a work bench. My wife and a few of her friends began sharing photos of the tables and several people began asking that I make pieces for them. I would love to begin building to sell, but I personally cannot justify selling furniture made of softwood. It might be a long shot, but would any of you happen to know where I could find a hardwood source in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area? If not, would someone point me in the right direction as to where I should look? Perhaps it’s obvious I may want to visit a lumberyard, although upon searching for lumberyards in my area I seem to have come across an abundance of “building materials” often selling in bulk.

Thank you in advance for any help you are willing to offer.

Tyler

-- Tyler of Texas from Fort Worth


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#1 posted 07-11-2015 03:22 AM

Here ya go for starters.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 08:46 AM

I notice Woodfinder doesn’t include Barney Robinson Hardwoods, who I’ve been a customer of. In January they had a fire that nearly destroyed them. Their site does say they’re rebuilding and are open.

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 05:43 PM

Are there any moderators here? I flagged the above post just minutes after it was posted 10 hours ago and here it still is.

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#4 posted 07-11-2015 08:53 PM

Tyler, I HIGHLY recommend McKinney Hardwoods. Michael, the owner, is as honest as the day is long and he has some beautiful stock for reasonable prices. You can also look at WoodWorld, a little pricey, and Brazos. HTH

-- Art

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#5 posted 07-11-2015 09:53 PM



I have recently been turned on to woodworking and started by making two tables, a table bench, and a work bench. My wife and a few of her friends began sharing photos of the tables and several people began asking that I make pieces for them. I would love to begin building to sell, but I personally cannot justify selling furniture made of softwood. It might be a long shot, but would any of you happen to know where I could find a hardwood source in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area? If not, would someone point me in the right direction as to where I should look? Perhaps it s obvious I may want to visit a lumberyard, although upon searching for lumberyards in my area I seem to have come across an abundance of “building materials” often selling in bulk.

Thank you in advance for any help you are willing to offer.

Tyler

- TylerC

Question…If they like what they see, why not build more using the same material?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 03:07 AM

I’d suggest asking somebody at the regular old lumber yards. They’ll probably know.

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 03:28 AM

I second Barney Robinson in Fort Worth. The fire nearly did them in but they have rebounded and are rebuilding the stock. I highly recommend dropping in and talking to either Kevin or David. Both are very knowledgable and easy to deal with, as are the yard guys.

I don’t usually make these recommendations – but I’ve been dealing with Barney Robinson’s for over 20 years and have had nothing but good experiences. I will share one story. I had a large project to get done for a charity event. I made two mistakes which sucked up my 10% overage lumber. It was very late on a Friday. I called Kevin about ten minutes before the closing time and he waited another 45 minutes for me to get there. Because of that I was able to make my deadline for the event.

They are only open during the business week as they do the largest sailing with contractors. So keep that in mind if you decide to visit.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 05:14 AM

Wow, thank you all so very much for your help! I honestly didn’t know what responses to expect, and I certainly didn’t expect to have this many so quickly. This was my first post and I do have to say I was a bit hesitant to do so, but I am really impressed to see several local and non-local members who are willing to graciously share their knowledge with a rookie.

RobinDobbie, AandCstyle, and Betsy: I appreciate the personal recommendations! I can’t wait to pay them both a visit and see some beautiful hardwoods!

Question…If they like what they see, why not build more using the same material?

- MTStringer

MTStringer – that’s a great question, and a very reasonable one at that. It may just be my expectations of building a quality of product and being afraid of having someone who knows better, see that I used Home Depot framing lumber and diminish the brand that I someday hope to build. It may be different with each build, depend on it’s use and where it will be stored. Although, I also want to be able to give my customers options. Thanks for asking! I had not yet thought that through.

Tyler

-- Tyler of Texas from Fort Worth

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 02:51 PM

Tyler,

I am in Fort Worth and typically buy from Brazos Forest Products in Grand Prairie. They have a lot of wood at pretty reasonable prices. I believe they are one of the biggest if not the biggest supplier for the Metroplex.

Good luck

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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