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pete79

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11-17-2009 07:44 PM

So I just got back from the local lumber yard that I’ve been using for a while and I’m frustrated with the service and selection there. This is the second place I’ve used and I’m curious if any LJ’s out there in the Metro Detroit area could suggest a place with decent selection and service? Neither of the places I’ve been going to are the “big box” stores – they are local lumber yards, but they’re just not what I need or am looking for.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 08:02 PM

Pete, one of the first places I recommend when I see posts like this is Craigslist. You can get some pretty good buys on hardwood. Wood is usually listed in the materials section.

Another resource that I have used with less success, but it can be helpful nonetheless, is Woodfinder.com.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 08:10 PM

hey…i live right across the river in windsor and we have 2 wood mills here if you feel like crossing the border. Let me know and I’ll tell you where they’re at.

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 08:22 PM

Have you tried Public Lumber on Seven Mile?

http://www.publiclumber.com/

I haven’t dealt with them personally but their selection was always pretty good.

-- -Dale

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 08:27 PM

Scott, thanks for the tip on Woodfinder.com. I just checked it out and there’s a place less than 10 miles from me that appeared to have an incredible selection of woods available per their website. I gave them a call and they were really helpful and had what I’ve been looking for for quite a while. Prices are fair too. I’ll have to check them out in person and see what it’s all about.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 08:31 PM

Dale – mind reader. That’s the place I found on Woodfinder. I’m going to check them out this week sometime and see what it’s all about.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 08:50 PM

I might be picking favorites but here is a good source for Curly Maple ;)

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 09:20 PM

Hi Pete. I live in warren and have a great place to get domestics such as maple, cherry, walnut, ash
oak and a few more that might interest you. The mans name is Steve and he lives in Brown City. That is about 45 minutes up Van Dyke after you hit the freeway. I have to get a hold of my son for the phone number, so i’ll repost as soon as I can get ahold of him. It is definately worth the trip. He mills logs and has a big selection at good prices. If you want exotics. Try the Woodcraft at 17 Mile and Vandyke. The have a
large selection of some beautiful stuff with a great staff to help. hope this helps and I will repost with that
phone number. Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 02:09 AM

check out theworkbench.com they deliver anywhere in the state.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 02:50 AM

Pete, I get most of my lumber from Dennis Duncan of Michigan Hardwoods . He’s in Dryden, just north of Almont. Dennis is a great guy and he’s got plenty of lumber at really good prices.

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rons

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 03:45 AM

Hi Pete, here is the phone number….1-810-346-2124 call in the evening and ask for Steve.
It looks as if you have recieved some very good info for lumber. have fun…Ron!(theres a lot of figured wood in there too.)!

-- Ron, Michigan

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pete79

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 04:31 AM

Hey guys, thanks for all the great feedback, this is exactly what I was looking for. I think I’m going to try to hit Steve in Brown City and Dennis in Dryden first and see what happens. Thanks again!

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#12 posted 11-21-2009 04:43 AM

Pete,

I live downriver in Trenton and have been going to KenCraft in Toledo for couple years. Two miles off I-475 between I-75 and US-23. They have their prices online at;
http://www.kencraftcompany.com/Kencraft_Price_List.pdf

I also go to Raven Farm in Lansing of all places. It is a micro mill, but great prices. Nothing online for prices, but call them and get a quote. Fanatastic prices on shorts.
http://www.ravenfarm.com/

Steve.

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