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Forum topic by Jack Lewis posted 03-07-2017 03:29 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Lewis

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03-07-2017 03:29 PM

How about we as a group, post information about the availability of useful wood when we come across it? Let us know what species, sizes, location, quantity, if the owner is willing to ship, etc.
If we all help the other guy, it will benefit us all someway.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"


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Ocelot

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#1 posted 03-07-2017 03:36 PM

OK. So, where is it? :-)

Actually, I live in North Alabama. There are many folks around here and particularly up North in Tennessee that have lumber in their barns and sheds. They don’t ship, for sure.

The best time to buy is mid-summer in a rainy year. Farmers have plenty of hay and decide to put some inside and that old pile of lumber is in the way. So, they sell it (lumber) cheaply.

I find it on Craigs List. I once saw 4000 bf of walnut selling for $4000, but you had to take it all. It sold quickly.

-Paul

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 05:33 PM

Ocelot…where in N Alabama? I’m in Madison. I peruse CL and other sources quite frequently.

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dschlic1

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 07:06 PM

I know its not “fine” lumber, but if you can locate an industrial shop that receives one time pallets, it a good source of southern yellow pine. Others have gotten lumber from ports where it is used for packing during shipping.

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 07:28 PM

Smirak,

You are now my buddy. :-) I’m in Monrovia.

-Paul

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Smirak

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 07:50 PM



Smirak,

You are now my buddy. :-) I m in Monrovia.

-Paul

- Ocelot

Not only am I your buddy, but I may be your neighbor. I have a Madison address, but live in Kelly Plantation about a mile from Sparkman HS! You know about or “local” suppliers, correct?

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 08:20 PM

There are several vendors online that cater to DIY’s or hobbyist whether want lumber to build something or wood for turning. Think finding a place in your local area more rewarding for several reasons. Shipping can be costly. Just because wood has been cycled thru a kiln to a certain moisture content doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Wood gains & loses MC based upon relative humidity in the environment. Vendors catering to the wood turning community seldom guarantee MC of wood they sell.

Both wood web and wood finder pages might help you find a vendor near you did not know about whether looking for a lumber company or saw mill. Got wood primarily for woodturners and other small project crafts.

http://woodweb.com/

http://www.woodfinder.com/

http://www.turningblanks.net/

Not sure about low cost if looking for certain species of wood, might ask friends or call around locally.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 03-07-2017 11:04 PM

Smirak,

The first place to check for small amounts of lumber would be Hobby Hardwood. It’s a bit of a drive (45 minutes) from where you live but they have nice kiln-dried hardwoods at reasonable prices. I bought some sassafras there once. Not a steal, but pretty good prices. They are only open on weekends but are pretty professional in their approach. Check the web site before driving out there. They post their schedule and what they have in inventory. Sometimes Sat and Sun. Sometimes Sat only. Sometimes Sun only.

Very near to you is Bill’s Sawmill on Pine Grove Road. Drive West past the mini-Walmart on Pine Grove, and the road turns North. A mile or so on the left you will see little sign “Bill’s Sawmill”. Bill has a small kiln and sells both green and kiln dried woods very cheaply. You should call before you go because he also has a job. He doesn’t like to sell, so take cash and don’t bother him for a board here and a board there. The prices certainly are very low. He’s a one-man show. Fells it, hauls the logs, saws them (LT40) and dries the lumber working alone.
He sells to his habitual buyers and rarely runs an ad on CL. I wouldn’t post his number on-line myself, but might send you a PM. You can find the number on Craigslist (“Rough Lumber for Farm Needs”) or some title like that. He doesn’t seem to have an ad posted right now.

There’s a new place called Eager Beaver Sawmill farther West toward Athens. They only sell green lumber – also mulch. I have not been there.

Finally, I have more air-dried cherry than I need. I might could be persuaded to sell some. It’s not great quality, but quite useful. I have a 20” planer, but I usually only plane what I’m using.

Yep. We’re neighbors. My office is near the Monrovia Community Center.

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#8 posted 03-08-2017 08:00 PM

Cheap lumber or wood can be had but it takes an investment in time and some money. So there are definitely cost involved. Places like this could be a gold mine for different projects. Only question is is it worth a phone call or visit. Visiting works much better than phone calls in my experience, especially if have something to trade.

https://flagstaff.craigslist.org/mat/5960294110.html

Have had both good and not so good meetings with folks this way. Most of the small saw mills in this area have shut down.

-- Bill

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Jack Lewis

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#9 posted 03-08-2017 08:15 PM


How about we as a group, post information about the availability of useful wood when we come across it? Let us know what species, sizes, location, quantity, if the owner is willing to ship, etc.
If we all help the other guy, it will benefit us all someway.

- Jack Lewis


My intent is for us to make the info known to others and interested parties act upon what the wish. Kind of neighborly what you found, location, contact if available, cost if known. Not rocket science you guys!

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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