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Forum topic by redesigningwood posted 01-27-2017 11:42 PM 2985 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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redesigningwood

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01-27-2017 11:42 PM

Hello hello,

As stated I feel really dumb asking this, but up until now I’ve pretty much sourced all my wood from either pallets or Home Depot type places. I haven’t the foggiest idea where to get specific types of wood (for instance, maple, or walnut, or stuff like that) – furthermore, I really don’t want to play through the nose for it either.

So, where do you guys get your specialty wood from?

(edit, I live in Northern New Jersey)

-- Mat


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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 11:48 PM

Mat, you should put your location down so people from your area can help you out better.

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Bill7255

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 11:53 PM

Well a lot of “real” lumber yards carry the common woods. Hopefully someone in your area can give a list of places. Craigslist is another source. Sometimes an auction. If you are a turner then downed trees in the area.

-- Bill R

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 01:21 AM

woodfinder.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 02:29 AM

cabinet shops, they usually have scraps that if you take the time to make a friend will be easy enough to come by. Myself I have people like Bearpaw or mahdee that send scraps my way. Craigslist is a good suggestion but take in mind you need to know the going rate for that species of wood to know if you are getting a deal, or making someone else wealthy. LOL

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TungOil

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 02:41 AM

Try Willard Brothers in Trenton. They had a Good selection last time I was there.

Also the WW show is coming to somerset Feb 17-19, you will find several local suppliers there.

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dbray45

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 02:53 AM

Check with hardware stores – especially the old ones.

Also call the the saw mill companies, Wood-Mizer – people like that. They know where ever mill is and they want those folks to succeed.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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papadan

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 05:22 AM

For online lumber, Steve Wall has great wood at fair prices. walllumber.com

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 10:08 AM

http://www.woodboardsandbeams.com/

These guys are in fairfield. I have never been there personally (I live in South Jersey) but they seem to have decent prices, and a fair number of exotics.

Hope this helps

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 12:22 PM

Aside from just googling “hard wood dealers” etc… I would suggest looking at craigslist. It’s a good way to find local sawyers.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/mat/5933009157.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/mat/5972984817.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/for/5920477032.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/mat/5906339980.html

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Gadabout55

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 01:10 PM

You should definitely not feel dumb for asking the question. For what it’s worth, most of my wood comes from Home Depot and Lowes. It’s the most practical solution for me. I like the idea of being able to walk into the store at my convenience and pick out the pieces that I want without having to deal with annoying salesmen. Occasionally, I’ll buy small pieces of walnut or cherry from the online woodworking suppliers. For the most part, I plan my projects around the types of wood that are readily accessible to me. I also try not to buy more wood than I need for a project as I don’t want to store the excess.

I once went through the frustration of trying to source wood for a project through one of the online lumber suppliers. The wood is sold by board-feet and is of indeterminate dimensions. No thanks.

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alittleoff

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 03:35 PM

The lowes here sell only oak and poplar. A 1×12x6 oak sells for over 50.00 with tax.
Gerald

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 05:36 PM


For what it s worth, most of my wood comes from Home Depot and Lowes.

- Gadabout55

I’m not at all knocking you for doing this, you gotta do what you gotta do, but if you work out the math for HD Walnut, it comes out to more than $20 a board foot.. At that price point, you could be buying highly figured, top shelf walnut… I’ve just never been able to justify spending that kind of money for HD quality.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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bob101

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#13 posted 01-28-2017 05:47 PM

I purchase only rough lumber so that I can mill and dimension to my specification, so I purchase from lumber suppliers. I go threw a lot hardwoods and exotics so for me a retail store is not cost effective.

-- rob, ont,canada

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GR8HUNTER

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#14 posted 01-28-2017 09:26 PM

no questions are stupid …. do you have sawmills ? GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Gadabout55

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#15 posted 01-29-2017 04:53 PM


For what it s worth, most of my wood comes from Home Depot and Lowes.

- Gadabout55

I m not at all knocking you for doing this, you gotta do what you gotta do, but if you work out the math for HD Walnut, it comes out to more than $20 a board foot.. At that price point, you could be buying highly figured, top shelf walnut… I ve just never been able to justify spending that kind of money for HD quality.

- UncannyValleyWoods

Well, my reasoning goes something like this. Most of my projects tend to be on the smaller side and don’t consume large amounts of lumber. For larger projects, I would most likely be using pine. If you buy wood that needs more processing than the S4S stuff you get from HD and Lowes, then you have to buy the tools to do that processing and commit shop space to those tools. None of that is practical for me.

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