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becikeja

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1247 days ago

Ok Lumberjocks of Chicago please HELP
I am going broke. Does anyone know of a good source for hardwood in the NW Chicago suburbs. I know of Rockler, Woodcraft and Owl Hardwood $$$$$$. I have searched for the past 5 years, but this is all I have found. Does anyone know where I should be looking?

As an alternative are there any good on-line sources??

-- Don't outsmart your common sense


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1247 days ago

Becikeja, when I see posts like this I generally recommend searching for lumber or hardwood lumber in the materials section of your local Craigslist, if you have not already done so. For example here is a list of recent posts for the Chicago area. Ads listing hardwood for sale do not generally appear on a daily basis but, if you are patient, some good buys can be found.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1247 days ago

It’s a bit of a trip out to Kirkland Sawmill , but they have the cheapest prices for the best quality that I’ve found. Selection is limited to local hardwoods, but I’ve bought some reeeeally nice QSWO there. There is, I think, a cash discount.

Sent you a PM as well.

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becikeja

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

Thanks for the tips. I looked up Kirland sawmill, I am actually going to be out that way in a couple of weeks. I’ll make sure to stop in. thanks for th info.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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bandman

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#4 posted 1245 days ago

I’d recommend you check out some of the mini sawmill and kiln operations within an hour or two of the
Chicago area, I own one about 1 hour north of Milwaukee. Feel free to send a pm, if you’re interested
in what’s available right now. I sometimes bring material down to the Naperville area for a customer I have
as well.

Thanks…..

Phil

-- Phil

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#5 posted 1242 days ago

Not sure exactly what wood you are looking for. But I live in McHenry county, and I know that you can special order some from Menards. Ahh, no I said Menards, how could it be good. Truth be told, I ordered some PurpleHeart and Hard Maple from them, and it was actually pretty good. I guess you never know.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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Tim Pursell

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#6 posted 1242 days ago

I live in the south ‘burbs of Chicago and I feel your pain whenever I’m forced to pickup some lumber from Owl.
I regularly drive 1 -2 hours to small mills to keep my wood room stocked. Craig’s List is one source or do an internet search for sawmills. There are quite a few within 100 miles. Yeah, it can be a hassle, but I think of those trips as an adventure and you can find some great lumber and major characters running those mills.

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#7 posted 1241 days ago

You can try Kettle Moraine Hardwoods, I believe they have a southern location in Caledonia near Racine. Worth the short drive. I have always had a good experience there. Good prices and good service. I have not been at that location but the one north of Milwaukee.

http://kmhardwoods.com/

Brian

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becikeja

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#8 posted 1239 days ago

Do the small mills have stock that you can browse and pick your pieces or do you have to buy a minimum amount of a specific wood at a time?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#9 posted 1239 days ago

If you are willing to come down to NW Indiana there is a saw mill in Valparaiso called White Lumber. They carry all of the local hardwoods and are not to expensive.

-- Marc

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becikeja

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#10 posted 1238 days ago

Thanks, My dilemma is I usually purchase maybe $100-$200 worth of wood at a time and typically in a trip I’ll buy several different types of wood. I’m a weekend warrior not a professional, and like to make a variety of different things. I don’t think I have ever made the same thing twice. Because of this I’ve been skeptical of driving a couple of hors to a small mill. Not sure it’s worth it for them or me.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#11 posted 1237 days ago

www.treecyclehardwoods.com

Located in West Bend, WI – just north of Milwaukee.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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#12 posted 1237 days ago

Living in NW Indiana I too found decent hardwood suppliers few and far between….White Lumber is a new one to me but there is another supplier in Valpo, The Wood Shed. Also, Menards does carry oak, cherry, maple, and walnut and can special order several other species.

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WoodworkGuy

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#13 posted 1237 days ago

Becikeja, have you checked Badger Hardwoods of WI in Walworth? They publish their prices on their website so it will save the trip. They also have 20 board foot foot bundles of S2S of hardwoods. If I’m not looking for exotics I also keep an eye out for Menards sales and hit the store in Crystal Lake.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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becikeja

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#14 posted 1235 days ago

I’ll check out the Badger Hardwood, thanks for the tip. I get up to the Lake Geneva area every so often. Thanks

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#15 posted 1235 days ago

I live in the south burbs and I mainly get my wood from craigslist. You just have to be patient and watch it regularly to score a good deal. Earlier this year I bought 200 bf of 12”-18” wide 14’ long rough sawn red oak that was almost 1 1/4 thick for $1.50 a foot from a guy posting on craigslist..

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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