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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 03-15-2016 12:28 PM 516 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2016 12:28 PM

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I took the family down to Amish country yesterday, in Holmes county Ohio. I’ve been there several times previously but haven’t done too much exploring. My motive might have been a bit self centered but my intention was to visit Keim lumber which I’ve heard about quite a bit but haven’t yet gotten the chance to check it out. After farting around all day at several different places we finally made it just before 5pm and by shear luck, Monday is one of the only days the close at 7pm instead of right at 5, after walking in the door, I knew that would still be too early for me. The place is a mecca for tools, machinery and more exotic wood in one place than I’ve ever seen. Catering to many of the contractors who can’t use electricity, they have many tools that are pneumatic including a shaper, a SCMS, driils, routers, power feeders and so much more. They carry General International, all of the WHM tool group, Delta as well as all of the major brands of portable tools. I didn’t look very hard but I didn’t see Festool or Mafell, but that might have been just because I ran out of time. I did my best to clean out their cut off bins of all the sapele and jatoba, the shopping cart pictured below was a little over half full when I was done and the total for my haul was just over $85 after tax. If I were to go to Rockler 10 minutes away, their stuff is priced as if their cost is more than what I paid. If you ever get a chance to go, leave yourself plenty of time, take lots of money and drive a truck (or take no money and drive a motorcycle) and be prepared to be overwhelmed! The parking lot alone was amazing, filled with buggies, pickups and a surprising number of tractors.


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#1 posted 03-15-2016 02:07 PM

Didja get to visit Sols in Berlin ? What a joke ! Berlin has become a mecca for tourists and the unknowing. I stopped ONCE about 10 years ago and it was quite a disappointment. Now we just drive thru on our way to Guggisburg cheese and on to Charm to Keim Lumber for a look see. I have yet to buy any lumber from them because I just can’t afford their prices. Craigs list is more to my liking and budget.
It’s normally a bike ride to Guggisburg for couple round blocks of baby swiss and then to Keim. btw – across the street from Keim is a wonderful leather shop, they will cut your belt to your spec and punch holes for the buckle while you wait and the prices are great for real leather goods.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 04:06 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the leather shop, that will definitely be on the list next time. Didn’t go to Sols, it looks interesting online, but I know in person that can be quite a bit different. We headed straight to Keim from Lehman’s hardware which has some neat stuff but is clearly catering to a different clientele than they were 20 years ago. I was headed south on OH-77 and where it cuts over to OH-369 on 39 I ran into Kline lumber about 2 miles north of Keim lumber and not having been in that particular area before I was very unimpressed until I realized I had not yet reached my destination. Most of Keim’s prices were high, however, the only thing locally I have to compare them to is Woodcraft and the Rockler store 10 minutes from me which makes Keim seem like a real bargain. I would need a very detailed BOM to go in there and start buying a lot of exotic wood before I could justify it, but given the right project I think it would be very worth it.

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 09:24 PM

imho – Keim is very expensive unless your client base is paying, then their quality is definitely justified. I have yet to find the deep pocketed customers so I spend my time searching craigs list and find myself buying lumber that I don’t even need but when the price is right, I haul it home.
I recently found some air dried cherry, maple, honey locust and sassafras for a buck a bdft. It’s not grade “a” lumber and I had to cut around some knots but at $1 a bdft. I can afford to.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 01:52 AM

Yeah, I see stuff for a buck a foot every once in a while and if it’s hardwood I usually don’t need to have a project in mind to justify it. Unfortunately of all that I’ve gotten, I’ve probably used less than half.

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