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Forum topic by Holbs posted 12-19-2015 01:18 AM 874 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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12-19-2015 01:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craigslist lumber

I see great scores of lumber from Craigslist here. Yet, here in Northern Nevada it’s barren. I use “Lumber” as keyword search in the area (within 200 mile range including Sacramento )and 98% listings come from mills or professional dealers. Other 2% is plywood/2×4’s from concrete use it seems.

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 08:31 AM

I use the term “Lumber” also and come up with a lot of rough sawn stuff, some of it’s a good deal, others aren’t. A few professional lumber mills mixed in but a lot of private sellers too. I also use the term “wood” in the materials section and can find some decent stuff. If I’m looking for a specific species I’ll use that tern, also I’ll try “kiln dried” or “rough cut” just to cover the bases. “reclaimed” works sometimes too, nice seasoned stuff with character for the ‘rustic’ projects.

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 11:52 AM

Why not use species names, like Walnut, Sapele, Cherry, Maple.

Actually, I just typically browse a few specific categories rather than searching. I usually look at “materials” and “tools” on my iPad while watching TV each evening.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 01:02 PM

Your key words are Northern Nevada. Trying to find lumber in nevada is like trying to find it in Southern Idaho.
If it isn’t sage brush or juniper. It had to be imported. If you had to import it your going to use it not sell it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 03:02 PM

Reno, huh? Looks like those greenies shut down all the logging there…... Too bad…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 12-20-2015 04:58 PM



Your key words are Northern Nevada. Trying to find lumber in nevada is like trying to find it in Southern Idaho.
If it isn t sage brush or juniper. It had to be imported. If you had to import it your going to use it not sell it.

- johnstoneb

Being in Nevada was my first thought too. I think if you lived in some of the midwestern and eastern states you would have better luck.

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#6 posted 12-20-2015 05:00 PM

Northern Nevada (at least Reno, NV) is at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Not barren wasteland like Vegas desert area :) I can travel 1-2 hours and there are 3 lumber mills on the California side. Which I actually may go visit and take a tour, just for the sake of awe.

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#7 posted 12-20-2015 05:03 PM

I wish I could find other sources here. Where I am, woodworking is pretty nonexistent. There are a few mills in Phoenix but I rarely go there and when I do, it’s not usually during normal business hours.

I guess I need to actually put up my sawmill on craigslist in the off chance someone is looking for some local varieties of lumber.

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 05:05 PM

trade ya Woody. My Bessey clamp set for your sawmill :) could come in handy here for harvesting lumber!

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#9 posted 12-20-2015 05:09 PM



trade ya Woody. My Bessey clamp set for your sawmill :) could come in handy here for harvesting lumber!

- Holbs

Yeah, that would pay for about 4 blades haha

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#10 posted 12-20-2015 05:30 PM

try logging,then ask them where they send their logs,then check there.
A lot of people don’t use CL because in many places it’s a waste of time with A holes wanting to get “redwood”for .50 a BF and scammers.So they can be out there just not on CL.

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#11 posted 12-22-2015 10:38 AM

Not to brag ( ok, a little bit ) I met an older gentleman today who’s ad I saw on CL. He is planning to move and doesn’t want to transport most of his pile. He was selling domestic and exotic woods for 2 bucks a board foot! The ad had been up a few weeks so most of the great stuff was gone, but I did manage to pick up a few pieces to play with. He had ash, cherry, and maple for domestics, and as I can get that locally I went for the exotic pile. I got a 12/4×6” x 72” slab of mahogany, a 3 bd ft bundle of teak cutoffs, about 6 bd ft of ebony, some African mahogany, zebrawood and a few mystery pieces I’ll probably need help identifying. 60 bucks for the lot! His ad can up under the keyword “cherry”, and nothing else.

Woodworkerssource.com is in Arizona, they have some great looking stuff, albeit they’re retail prices.

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