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Chipper

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10-04-2007 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dfw mills hardwood softwood buy dealers

I would like to visit/trade with a Dallas-Ft Worth area small mill for hard and softwoods. Haven’t had much luck finding one. Closest so far is SE Texas, which would be a REALLY long day trip. Someone within 2 hours of Plano would be much more practical for me. That’s means south central OK is, urrr, okay. :)

Also interested in advice on local hardwood shops – so far have only heard of two.

Thanks!!

-- Steve (Plano, TX)


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RobS

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#1 posted 10-04-2007 06:55 PM

Hey Welocme, from a fellow Metroplexian…
About two weeks ago the jock Saratoga was looking for the hardwood stores in the area. Send him a Personal Message and see if he had any luck.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 10-05-2007 12:31 AM

I know of nothing first hand, But there’s a place just south of I-20 on 281 west of Ft. Worth that I’ve been meaning to check out. Although there’s no sign for a mill, from the road it looks like there’s a mill behind a rustic “Texas” furniture builder/seller.

Last year we went east on I-20 through East Texas, LA, MS, etc. and I believe I saw some mills in East Texas along I-20, but it wasn’t on the familiy trip itinerary to turn around and explore. There’s got to be some mills not too far away from you towards the “Piney Woods” of East Texas.

I did google search for mills in the DFW area once and came up with nothing.

-- Paul, Texas

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Betsy

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#3 posted 10-05-2007 02:15 AM

Try www.woodsofmissiontimber.com —- located in Sanger, Texas – I believe its exit 478 off of I-35 North.

I’ve been there several times. They have good lumber at pretty good prices.

The folks there are really nice and very helpful. If you get there when there are not a lot of folks – they will give you a tour of their shop and you can pretty much pick through the bunks of lumber until you find what you like.

Betsy

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 10-05-2007 03:10 AM

Where is Bluestringrayboots from he just states TX.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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RobS

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#5 posted 10-05-2007 03:59 AM

Hey Karson. BSB is Waaaaaay down south. Almost to Mexico. But he may know some places up this way.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Chipper

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#6 posted 10-12-2007 12:30 AM

—Doh! Started to repost Betsy’s link.

Betsy – Looks like a great place, so I plan to make a trip soon. I think my woodworking neighbor will want to go as well.

-- Steve (Plano, TX)

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#7 posted 10-12-2007 05:01 AM

Steve – have a good time and take the truck!

Betsy

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#8 posted 10-12-2007 05:12 AM

Here’s a bunch in the dallas area.

Decent place
http://www.woodworldtx.com/

Small place
http://www.hardwoodbarn.com/

Giant place
http://ahdallas.com/about.html

again
http://www.plywoodcompany.com/index.html

http://www.hlcdallas.com/

Here’s a link of links
http://www.toolseeker.com/Lumber/Texas.htm

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Chipper

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#9 posted 10-12-2007 04:00 PM

Thanks, Gary! A lot of good stuff. I would really like to establish a relationship with a local mill, but when you need a hardwood fix several of these would fill the bill (no pun intended.. oh what the heck – yeah I mean it. :) )

My thoughts on each of these -
Wood World – It is on the way to and from work, so it is very convenient. Just spent $200 there on maple, purpleheart and white oak. Not sure if I’m happy with them yet though. As a new hardwood worker I am certainly challenged in knowing exactly what are reasonable prices and when I’m just flat being taken to the cleaners. I feel a bit “clean” after my purchase there. Bizarre that the web site doesn’t list their address!!

Hardwood Barn – appears to be more what I am looking for, but it is 2.75 hrs from Plano, TX – too far for a casual look and the cost in gas will have to be accounted for in the cost of the wood, but since they come across as a woodworker friendly outfit I think they are worth a close look. Have any East TX LJ’s traded with them?

Austin Hardwoods may fit the bill. I am going to check them out, but I get the feeling they are a high end distributor.

Plywood Company in Ft Worth comes across as a distributor that may not sell in less that 5k bd ft lots.
-> Betsy – have you been to this place?

Hardwood Lumber – distributor and custom moldings. Hmmm – maybe.

Again, THANKS!

-- Steve (Plano, TX)

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Betsy

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#10 posted 10-12-2007 07:27 PM

Steve – I’ve not been to Plywood Company – their hours of operation are not legal secretary hours friendly.

I forgot to mention Barney Robinson Hardwoods on Lancaster Street here in Fort Worth. However – they are also not legal secretary hours friendly.

However, Robinson’s has a good selection of “cutoff” or “ribbons” as they call them. They sell from between 25 to 50 cents a lineal foot (not board feet). I’ve used these ribbons to make lots of boxes. They sell mostly walnut, oak, maple, cherry etc. along with plywood. They don’t often have the exotics – mostly the regional stuff. They will sell to the hobbiest and they will cut boards if you ask them real nice. You do have to be careful with the loading staff (who measure the wood and give you a ticket for the bf) – they sometimes don’t get the bf count right. I go there on my day off or sometimes tallk the boss into lating me come in late and get at Robinson’s when they open.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Paul

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#11 posted 10-12-2007 09:28 PM

I get most of my wood from Robinson’s. I didn’t mention them because (as far as I know) they’re not a mill? (cut up logs?) I didn’t know about being able to pick through the ribbons though.

I was always told you had to take the whole pile of ribbons (then it’s free, but a very large heavy bundle of wood). So you have to have a large trailer and a significant truck to do so.

Good to know about the other possibility.

If you live in a city where Robinson’s sells and delivers hardwood to a local lumber yard (I do), they will put wood on the truck for you (after calling and paying by credit card) and deliver free. You have to meet the driver in a large parking lot somewhere (Wal-mart) for the transfer. They won’t come to the house. Of course, you can’t pick through the pile and choose your boards this way. But my local yard adds a $1 a foot onto Robinson’s price. So, if I’m ready for 50 or more ft., I meet the driver instead of driving to Ft. Worth or buying from my local yard.

-- Paul, Texas

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Betsy

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#12 posted 10-20-2007 05:54 AM

Steve – have you had a chance to go to any of the suggested mills? I’d be interested to see what you thought of the prices/quality at the different spots.

Betsy

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Chipper

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#13 posted 10-20-2007 09:18 AM

Not yet, Betsy. I will be chewing on my present stock for a while. Maybe mid-Nov.

-- Steve (Plano, TX)

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hap

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#14 posted 01-11-2008 03:38 PM

steve there a guy not far at cedar creek lake has a mill.his name is jerry. his #903.948.8613.it not far from you

hap

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#15 posted 01-17-2008 12:23 PM

Chipper, theres a store here in McAllen,TX, they have a little of everything I guess. They have been around since….. since this was all farm land. But I dont buy wood from them or anyone else, so who knows. Good luck!
Have you concidered researching native trees or shrubs in your area? Freind of mine recently told me about Mountain Laurel, excellent wood for turning and I know where some is, a few blocks away. Hmmm, its a native shrub/tree with edible seed pods.
You might get yourself some free wood and a free meal to go with that. LOL

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