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TObenhuber

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01-17-2017 02:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut maple end grain cutting board

Looking for help.

I am new to shopping at lumber yards and lumber distributors in the DC area. I am hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. I live off route 1 in Alexandria, VA. A few miles out of the beltway.

I am looking for about 10-12 board feet of walnut and maybe a little maple for an up coming project.

If you mill or know a good store. Please let me know.

Sincerely,
Travis

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla


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#1 posted 01-17-2017 02:43 AM

best i can do for you bud

i’m in new mexico
brother lives in mannasas

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#2 posted 01-17-2017 02:47 AM

I would recommend going either a little further south or a little further north to hunt. You’ll likely pay a premium for anything you find in DC.

This place is in Annapolis. You’ll likely pay a premium on what you are looking for, but you’ll end up with some really great material.

If you are willing to drive further, there are quite a few options in Southern PN and even a handful of sawyers in Northern MD. I buy walnut and maple from a Sawyer in Northern MD and I never pay more than $4 a bf for either.

Hearne Hardwoods in PN is incredible, but again pricey.

A little google searching will probably reveal some places in Northern VA, maybe down in Fredericksburg…

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#3 posted 01-17-2017 03:42 AM

Thanks guys. I will probably save some gas and try something closer. Driving that far won’t really save money. I would consider Waldorf, MD, Manassas, VA, Woodbridge, VA.

Still crossing fingers for a local Sawyer or maybe a sale near me.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#4 posted 01-17-2017 03:49 AM

As mentioned, Exotic lumber in Annapolis is great, and a fantastic selection. Tad pricey, but one stop shop. I always check local craigslists, look under materials. You have to wade through a lot of miscellaney, but often find local small sawyers with air and/or kild dried hardwoods for very reasonable prices.
Check these 2 links out.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mat/5953559543.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mat/5952353372.html

Good luck and post pictures!
Kimball

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#5 posted 01-17-2017 04:05 AM

Might also check with fellow LJ Charles Neil…..he is also nearby…and see where he buys his lumber at…

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#6 posted 01-17-2017 05:40 AM

For small quantities of stuff I just go to the Rockville Woodcraft. Yes, Woodcraft is VERY expensive. For larger quantities, I’ve purchased from Exotic Lumber, in Frederick, it’s 25 min from me.

If it were me, 10-12 BF I’d likely just go to the most convenient place, even at $3 more a BF, that’s only an extra $30-$36 and by the time you’re done with fuel, DC area traffic and your time investment the savings isn’t worth saving in my opinion.

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#7 posted 01-17-2017 12:20 PM

Thanks guys!!! It’s going to be used for an end grain cutting board for a friend by request.

I typically don’t use those nice/luxury woods. I usually use Pine, Doug Fir, and the locally harvested white oak in sizes I can mill. This will be a nice change from the case hardened, high tension, and often twisted hardware store cull rack stuff I am accustomed to using.

Very exciting for me!!!

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#8 posted 01-17-2017 12:31 PM


I will probably save some gas and try something closer. Driving that far won t really save money.

- TObenhuber

Very true, but there’s always adventure in the journey and that has value too. ;-)

I honestly would go check Hearne at some point in the future. It’s a really awesome place. They are the number one provider of lumber to Martin Guitars… They’ve got some incredible trees out there drying and some really special stuff in the racks.. I’m not a religious person, so places like Hearne end up feeling like churches to me.

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#9 posted 01-17-2017 01:24 PM

Travis – You might try Colonial Hardwoods in Springfield … 703-451-9217.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#10 posted 01-17-2017 01:54 PM

Give Hardwoods in the Rough a shot. They opened shop in Manassas a few months ago. Good selection and decent prices. Additionally, if they don’t have something you are looking for they can order it for you for no extra charge.

http://www.roughhardwoods.com/

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#11 posted 01-17-2017 03:05 PM

I use C P Johnson lumber at the Culpepper airport. Might be too far for you, but he has great prices and his stock is usually head and shoulders higher quality than most of the others I have tried. http://cpjohnsonlumber.com/

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#12 posted 01-17-2017 05:29 PM

Again, thanks guys!!! I really appreciate the tips. Most of those places might be a bit far to have any actual savings. If I get to a project where quality becomes a lot of the priority, I will definitely look back at these recommendations.

UncannyValleyWoods, I totally understand. Since I started woodworking a few years ago. I can’t even walk through Shenandoah or Appalachian Trail without thinking about the wonders within some of those huge trees. Really awesome. You might enjoy The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker’s Reflections by George Nakashima. Very interesting.

For now, I will probably try Colonial Hardwoods this afternoon and give Hardwoods in the Rough a shot since I do visit my dad’s cabin in Front Royal pretty often. Might try to stop by Hardwoods in the Rough in about two weeks.

As far as all of the recommendations, I would feel bad buying a large natural edge beautiful board to dimension it, cut it to small pieces, and turn it into a cutting board. I feel like there are others on here that would be much better suited to bring out the beauty in one of those opportunities.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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Nails023

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#13 posted 01-17-2017 06:41 PM

PM me as I might have what you are looking for in my garage and I work in Springfield and could meet you. Are you looking for rough cut or planed? I can help either way just let me know.

-- Gary, Virginia

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#14 posted 01-17-2017 06:43 PM

Also +1 for CP Johnson lumber if you find yourself in need of larger quantities. I go there at least a couple times a month and stock up. Great prices and a great selection!

-- Gary, Virginia

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#15 posted 01-17-2017 09:41 PM

This might sound like a stupid question but…. u guys that buy lumber from sawmills do u just randomly drive up An see if they just hav some of lumber u want? I hav at least a dozen sawmills within 15 miles from my house but I’ve never heard of anyone buying much other than just roughcut for siding or mayb so 2bys to build a barn or shed. Do sawmills generally had dried lumber or is that something u hav to do?

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