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12-30-2016 05:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: suppliers hardwood michigan maple plywood

Hello, I’m new to this site. I’m also pretty new to woodworking. I live in Michigan near Detroit. I have a ton of projects in mind but, obviously they all require wood. Wondering if anyone knows of a good hardwood supplier. I’m absolutely willing to travel up to 4 hours for a good deal.

Currently, I’m looking for hard maple and cherry 4/4 boards and furniture grade plywood

I have a jointer and a planner so rough boards are ok. Any help would be appreciated. Even if someone is selling extra wood they have laying around that would be fine. Or if anyone knows of a good swap type site for wood.

The first project I have in mind is a nice workbench for my shop. I would like to make the top out of hard maple and if the price is right I would like to make the frame and doors out of hard maple as well. The carcass i would like to make out of plywood.

What should I expect to pay for low quantity hard maple and cherry?

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#1 posted 12-30-2016 06:04 PM

Well, you said 4 hours so here’s a good one: Frank Miller Lumber in Union City IN. Showed up as 3.5 hours for you when I searched it. They are my #1 supplier, fair prices, and specialize in quarter sawn and rift sawn hardwoods. They also stock very good cabinet grade hardwood plywood in most species (including pre finished) made by Columbia Forest Products, and have a limited selection of exotics. but there’s little doubt there are places closer than may serve you just as well. But also check out Ken Craft company in Toledo.

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#2 posted 12-30-2016 06:06 PM

Within 50 miles of 48201, shows these,

Woodcraft – Canton, MI Canton MI (16 miles)
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #8 Detroit (Royal Oak) MI (19 miles)
Woodcraft – Sterling Heights, MI Sterling Heights MI (26 miles)
B&B Heartwoods, Inc. Ann Arbor MI (29 miles)
John’s Urban Timber by John Haling Whitmore Lake MI (33 miles)
Armstrong Millworks, Inc. Highland MI (35 miles)
Woodcraft – Toledo, OH Toledo OH (49 miles)

You can get good wood at the rockler & woodcraft, but I’d check out B&B heartwoods first since you’ve got the equipment to dimension and surface from rough. I generally find much better prices and the sawmill folks tend to cut deals when I’m buying a fair bit or sell me cutoff’s for cheap.

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#3 posted 12-30-2016 06:22 PM

Johnson Lumber in Charlotte.

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#4 posted 12-30-2016 08:24 PM

You might want to contact LumberJock’s own Rich Eberly. He might have what you need, now or in the future.

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#5 posted 12-30-2016 09:12 PM

I use Hickory and Oak Sawmill near Decatur, Michigan. They are a real gem with great wood and prices. Nice people to deal with. Does a fair job on measurements.

It is a couple hour drive for me but is also near wine country. Last time I was there, I got quarter sawn red oak, poplar, ash, quarter sawn sycamore (one of my favorites), and some maple.

I get mine planed to about0.875 and straight line ripped.

They do not have plywood but the hardwood is great.

Johnson Lumber is also another great place.

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#6 posted 12-30-2016 09:33 PM

You can also keep on eye on CL. There have been a few small sawyers popping up lately along with the regulars.
I have a small source for logs and a built a chain saw mill, so I keep an eye on listings but haven’t had the need yet.

Armstrong Mill Works is right down the road from me in Highland.

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#7 posted 12-30-2016 09:36 PM

Thanks everyone….sounds like I have some exploring to do. Looking forward to getting my feet wet!!

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