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Forum topic by Tom posted 07-17-2015 09:01 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 09:01 PM

I’m in the SF Bay Area and I’m looking for places to get good lumber that won’t break the bank. Hulbert Lumber is local; never really looked at their wood other than molding/baseboards/fence boards. There’s also a few other lumberyards in the area but they seem aimed at construction. HD/Lowes…well I’m not that impressed with either store’s quality; it’s annoying when you need a few “nice” 2×4 and end up digging through 60 pieces just to find 2 good ones, pretty much the same with plywood or pine boards.

Any suggestions? I’ve found sites but a lot of them are a few years old and I’d like current opinions.

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 03:58 AM

The most up-to-date list I’ve been able to find is

I’d also like to hear some opinions.
I’m still learning with junk wood while I build my first real shop, but it would be nice to know where to go when I move on.

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 07:01 PM

I used to live in the SF Bay area, but that was over 20 years ago. AT the time, there were some excellent lumber dealers around. One was Lundy’s in San Rafael and another was in Oakland (don’t remember the name). Things change over the years, so I don’t know if they are still in business.

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 07:59 PM

Welcome to Bay area! You can try They have local store in San Jose, Berkeley, etc. The in store price is OK.

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 09:22 PM

My favorite place, Southern Lumber in San Jose, closed down two months ago after 110 years in business. Needless to say I was very dissapointed so am also looking for a new good place. So far I have found Aura Hardwoods in San Jose. Haven’t been there as yet but the prices at Southern Lumber were hard to beat and they hard almost any hardwood you may have wanted.

The other one, Macbeath is another source that I haven’t tried as yet!

I hope that one of these two will be a source as good as Southern Lumber!

The Southern Lumber Web site still exists and it appears as if they are still in business, however, if you look at the hours of operation:
Monday through Friday——- Closed
Saturday ——————————Closed
Sunday———————————- Closed

So you need to get there anytime except Monday through Sunday!

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