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Forum topic by Shane posted 08-24-2015 01:43 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2015 01:43 PM

Just curious where you guys get your wood? So far I haven’t been able to find wood cheap enough to be able to make a profit on my creations. It costs me $50 to make a cutting board and no one will pay that much so I’d have to take a loss to sell it.

Clearly some of you are making some money on yours so I’m curious how you get your stock.

Thanks

Shane


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#1 posted 08-24-2015 02:04 PM

Shane, if you add your location, you’ll probably get some responses for the best options in your specific area. I use Wurth Wood Group. They have several locations and their prices are very reasonable (at least I think so).

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 02:13 PM

Sure I’m in central Ohio

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 02:18 PM

I found a retired guy on CL that was selling some wood at great prices. I swung out to meet him, and have gone back a number of times. He sells whatever he can find downed on his land, all air-dried and rough, mostly ash, cherry, maple, and hemlock. Around 70-80 cents per board foot for 4/4, around a buck for 6/4 and up, and it’s usually very clear, stable wood. Occasionally I get a squirrely board, but the cost allows for that.

I also have a couple guys I’ve met on CL that I haven’t bought from, but if my guy ran out (not likely), they’d have some to sell, or have sources.

Chatting it up with other woodworkers at yard sales or when buying on CL has worked best for me.

Edit : What’re you making these boards out of, and how big are they? Even a 2’x1’, 2” thick cutting board (and that’s a beefy board) with a high 25% waste is coming in at $10/bf, if it’s $50.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 08-24-2015 02:48 PM

That’s cool. I’d love to find a guy like that around here. As for the cost of my boards, perhaps I’m just bad at math…

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 02:57 PM

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#6 posted 08-24-2015 03:01 PM

Central OH is the Columbus area, right? I used to work with a guy there who is a woodworker. I can try to see where he buys stuff.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#7 posted 08-24-2015 03:09 PM

Wood Werks Supply
1181 Claycraft Rd, 43230

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#8 posted 08-24-2015 03:40 PM

Shane,

I’m east of Columbus, near Newark. Are you looking for rough wood or surfaced?
You will pay top dollar for any wood at Wood Werks.

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#9 posted 08-24-2015 03:45 PM

Rough wood is fine. In fact I would prefer it.

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#10 posted 08-24-2015 03:58 PM

Hey Shane, here’s an idea, check with your local mill shops. Most times they will give you their cut offs, or allow you to dumpster dive, usual cost—-0.00.

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#11 posted 08-24-2015 04:06 PM

I hate to sound like a noob but I’m not even sure who that would be around here.

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#12 posted 08-24-2015 09:41 PM

I buy all mine from a guy up in Canton. He gets it from local arborists and saws it in his back yard. $1 board foot for Maple, $1.25 for Cherry and $2 for Black Walnut. Most of the boards are good quality. Every once in a while I get one that’s not so great but at those prices I can deal with it.

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#13 posted 08-24-2015 10:04 PM

I bought a Cooks bandmill about 10 years ago, so I would not have to buy wood. Of course, I have a farm, and a creek runs through it.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#14 posted 08-24-2015 11:59 PM

Shane. There’s a sawmill in Johnstown. They dry on site. (asawmill.com). Very nice quality of wood. I’ve bought Oak and Maple from them. Lots to pick from. Not far from Columbus. Price is probably better than Columbus stores, but still higher than saw mills in the boonies.

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#15 posted 09-11-2015 07:18 AM

I personally wouldn’t buy wood from retail, you’ll just throw money out the door. Especially if you are trying to turn a proft.

I get on Craigslist and search for stuff. I typically search for these phrases: “lumber” “rough lumber” “rough sawn” “cherry lumber” “walnut lumber”. That’ll get you a good start. There’s the typical guys that do their own milling, there’s about 5-6 good ones within a 2 hour drive. Then theres always the retiring woodworker who wants to downsize his collection. That’s where you get good deals. Right now there’s a guy in Shelby selling cherry, walnut, and maple for $1/bf. I’m dying and drooling over that.

https://columbus.craigslist.org/mat/5200185370.html

And, if people aren’t willing to spend $50 on a quality end grain, you need to find a better market. I’m lucky, I work with a bunch of nurses. Nurses typically equal women who have disposable income who love to spend. I just sold a 14×18 butcher block for $250. It was primarily made with a large piece of 8/4 walnut that I got off a retiree for $20.

There’s wood out there, you just gotta find it. And it’s NOT in a store. Lots of countryside in central OH, I guarantee there’s at least 10 guys in the area that mill their own lumber to sell.

-- Never use a Lancelot woodcarver on an angle grinder. Pictures upon request.

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