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Naftoli

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02-23-2016 04:26 PM

Hey guys,

We are moving back to the US after almost 11 years over seas. I am not taking my tools with me, but am hoping to buy new/used over in the Chicago area.

Does anybody know of a place to find auctions for tools in the area?
Also, anybody have any connections with people who might be interested in hiring an experienced carpenter/woodworker? Or, anybody have experience in the Chicago area and knows of a good place to star?
Thirdly, any good experiences people have with certain lumber suppliers and can therefore recommend places to start looking for lumber, particularly hardwoods?

Thanks guys, looking forward to getting come help from fellow LJs.

All the best,

Naftoli

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 12:18 AM

Can not help with auctions. Craigslist seem pretty poor lately.

My favorite wood supply is Oak Hardwood…I have to stay away from there.

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jdmaher

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 03:00 AM

Naftoli,

Welcome home!

Where will you be in Chicagoland?

For some good background on lumber sources around here, check out this “thread” from a couple years ago.

Chicago Lumber Yards

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Naftoli

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 11:14 AM

Jim,

Thanks for the reply. I will be in Chicago, the West Rogers Park area and Peterson Park area, from March 14th through the 29th.

i am making good use of the thread you refered me to. I went when I was there on a pilot trip to a place called Wood World (http://www.woodworld.com/), but I think they are a bit expensive and there is no reason to pay more than one needs to. I see a few people have recommended OWL Hardwood, so I think I will make the trip at some point. I am there for only 2 weeks this time, before the full move, and I want to at least see what its like. I brought hardwood back to Israel with me last time from Wood World and I am crazy enough to do it again, just bought from a different place this time.

Of the three locations of Owl Hardwood, is one better than the others?

Thanks,

NMT

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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jdmaher

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 02:39 PM

I’ve only been to the Oak Lawn OWL location, but I think they are all similar. In fact, when I was looking for a particularly nice piece of walnut, Oak Lawn offered to bring in more boards from the other locations so I’d have more choices.

If you’re gonna be in Rogers Park, then the Des Plaines location will be closest. Is Rogers Park where you’re going to move permanently? When do you expect to make the final move?

What kind of woodworking are you doing? If you’re carting wood to Israel, I hope its small boxes!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Naftoli

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#5 posted 02-25-2016 02:52 PM

Jim,

I am not sure to where we are moving in the long run, one of those two neighborhoods. We are not sure as to the final moving date, but something like within the next 2-3 months, or earlier.

i cart off little boards, up to 1.5 meters in length. This time around I am trying to see if I could temporarily take along a thickness planer; they do not seem to exist here in Israel. I figure I have to be 7/8 insane to take wood with me, so what’s one more 1/8 and take a planer!

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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