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Forum topic by Beetroot posted 02-18-2010 04:39 AM 7135 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Beetroot

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02-18-2010 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humidor spanish cedar

Well first off, I’m new here… amazing site. I’ve been browsing through the projects for the last couple weeks and I’m in total awe. Great motivation for me.

So my first little woodworking project is converting an old wooden ammo crate into a humidor. I live in central Nebraska and I haven’t been able to find spanish cedar anywhere. I’ve called lumberyards, hardware stores, etc…and most of the people I talk to have never even heard of it. I see people on this site posting entire doors made from spanish cedar while I’m ordering random width scraps of 1/4” thick stuff online for absurd prices.

Am I looking in the wrong places for this wood? Is spanish cedar hard to find anywhere else, or is is it just around here?


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#1 posted 02-18-2010 05:59 AM

This might not help much, but it’s available near me in Syracuse, NY from Lakeshore Hardwoods for around $5.95/bf for 4/4. They might ship to you at a reasonable cost. Spanish Cedar is an imported wood (South America and Asia I believe).

Maybe you need to expand your search a bit to find some good lumber suppliers, especially one that caters towards wood workers. I’d suggest you post an ad in the materials section in your local craigslist. I’ve found several sources for wood by watching and posting there. Somebody might have a pile of the stuff they want to give away. Just ask!

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 04:42 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Beetroot. Where in Central Nebraska do you live? I’m not sure of any hardwood stores in Grand Island but I can ask some people I know out that way. If you feel like coming in to Lincoln or Omaha let me know. I know a few places here that carry it.

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 05:12 PM

Beetroot,

I buy a ton of Spanish Cedar for numerous projects. I am from Louisiana and mostly purchase it locally, but I have bought some from an outfit in Baltimore called J. Gibson McIlvain.

http://www.mcilvain.com/

Not sure what it will cost to ship it to you in Nebraska, but this company has provided some of the best Spanish Cedar I have seen.

Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 01:50 AM

Thanks for all the info, its a great help. Checking out these websites now. Hadn’t thought of posting on Craigslist, not a bad idea.

VinnieP, I live in Gibbon. I’m just outside of Kearney, about 30 minutes from Grand Island. If you know of anywhere around here I should look that would be great. I’m not opposed to a trip to Lincoln or Omaha either though.

Brian, what do you do with Spanish Cedar?

Thanks again guys.

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jayjay

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 03:39 AM

I just bought 8 Board Feet of 4/4 Spanish Cedar from http://www.woodworkerssource.com/, for the humidors that I’m building. I’m in the same boat as you, there aren’t any places in my area that stock it, so I have to turn to online suppliers. I had a real good experience with Woodworkers Source. They were easy to deal with, product was well packaged and arrived in good shape. And they have a good selection.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 03:47 AM

Woops….......double post.

Sorry.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 05:04 AM

Easy find I got mine at Mcdaniel Hard wood I think I paid $4.05 bft a year ago and still have a good amount left.

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#8 posted 02-20-2010 01:13 AM

Well I finally found a place that carries it about 40 minutes from here. Bought about 20 bft, should have enough to do a few humidors. VinnieP, C and C Millwork in Grand Island has a great selection of wood, if you are ever in the area.

Thanks for all the advice everyone. This place is an amazing resource.

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#9 posted 02-20-2010 07:50 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I’m out there once in a while to see family so I’ll check it out.

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brianlsu43

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 05:26 AM

Beetroot,

I am a project manager for a company that builds out the interior of workboats.

We use T&G spanish cedar on the interior walls & ceilings of tugboat pilothouses.

We also use it to build furniture for the offshore supply boats.

It makes for a great finish and I love the smell.

Billy

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 05:18 PM

I just met a guy who likes using Spanish Cedar as a genuine Mahogany alternate. He said that it carves really well and the quartersawn stuff makes great cabriole legs and ball & claw feet. My experience with it has never been that good because the quality is all over the place and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get. In the interest of full disclosure, I recently took a job with the company mentioned above, J. Gibson McIlvain Co, and in talking with our buyer I understand the the importing trouble goes all the way back to the sources in Central America and the West Indies. It is becoming scarce in these areas so no many of the sources have spread to Africa and Fiji which is producing a tighter grain that is promising. The wood has a tendency to weep a lot unless properly dried and this causes a lot of problems with much of the stuff you find. We “cook” it a bit longer and a lot hotter to dry that out without case hardening it which I think results in some pretty great stuff. I took home some offcuts the other day and tried a ball & claw foot on it and it was beautiful to work with. The lower density makes it lighter, but stability could be an issue to deal with down the road.

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