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02-10-2016 02:07 PM

I am traveling through Florida and was thinking I could pick up some local wood for a project. I am from Kentucky so I wanted to get something I couldn’t find in Ky or maybe its to expensive in Ky.

Does anyone know of a species I could get in Florida? I will be going back via N I-75 so if there a good place to stop along that route that would be awesome!


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#1 posted 02-10-2016 03:36 PM

What kind of project?

Cypress or heart pine. Old growth SYP is pretty nice. We have southern red cedar too but its awful knotty.

Most of the cypress you’ll find is what we call pond cypress if its a wide board there will be some decent heart material.

There is a fellow in Gainesville who sells alot of slabs and unique wood you can find him on CL.

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#2 posted 02-10-2016 03:42 PM

Orange?

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 05:34 PM

Live oak is big in FL.
Bill

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 05:57 PM

Cabbage Palm

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 06:41 PM

I would visit Amazon Exotic Hardwoods if possible. I go every time we visit Florida. Most are probably not native…

http://www.amazonexotichardwoods.com/

Great selection and prices are good. You will find things there you didn’t know existed; I bought Snakewood and it is awesome as an accent.

I also bought some pieces in the Tampa area from a turning supply company, don’t know their name, but I bought Norfolk Island Pine for some bowls. Awesome color and figure!

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 08:16 PM



Live oak is big in FL.
Bill

- Bill White


No good for ww’ing. Grain is too twisty.

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 10:57 PM

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#8 posted 02-11-2016 01:20 AM

I love live oak and it has behaved well for me. It has beautiful grain and the knots are spectacular. Make sure it is dry before jointing/planing and you will be happy with it. Sinker cypress is another wood you may find in Florida that is well worth a look.

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#9 posted 02-11-2016 03:50 PM

GFA – I think OK live oak must be different that what we’ve got here.

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#10 posted 02-11-2016 04:56 PM

Cuban mahogany

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#11 posted 02-12-2016 12:58 AM

rwe, Mine came from South Texas

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