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Forum topic by Matt Hegedus posted 03-30-2016 07:16 PM 664 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Hegedus

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03-30-2016 07:16 PM

I know a lot of you veterans know it, but finding a local hardwood dealer has changed EVERYTHING for my woodworking. I’m talking a guy with a boom truck and bandsaw mill. He gets calls at his tree service, and collects the lumber while getting paid to do so. Then he mills it, dries it, and sells it to me!

What a beautiful business model!

I just spent 120$ and have some beatiful walnut, maple, and beech slabs now. Plus a bunch of 4/4 cherry!

Price (find) THAT at a big box store, or Rockler. You’d spend double or more.

If you’re still buying pine at Lowes, get online and search some hardwood or lumber dealers in your area…. It’ll prob open up a lot of options for you.

What changed everything for YOU.?

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 07:28 PM

Try jatoba AKA Brazillian Cherry ...


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#2 posted 03-30-2016 07:33 PM

Finding an old retired guy on Craigslist that mills and sells rough lumber…under a buck per foot for pretty much everything.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 08:27 PM

Try jatoba AKA Brazillian Cherry ...


- MadMark


Workability: Jatoba is considered difficult to work with on account of its density and hardness, and has a moderate blunting effect on tool cutters. Jatoba also tends to be difficult to plane without tearout due to its interlocking grain. However, Jatoba glues, stains, turns, and finishes well. Responds well to steam-bending.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 04-01-2016 05:58 PM

I live in the desert.. Good luck finding such a service. :(

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 06:14 PM

Flat and square changed me. I never realized how important it was until I did.

Still trying to hook up with a local who mills. One day.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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