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01-19-2011 11:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: los angeles

I was just wondering if there were any Los Angeles area woodworkers that frequent the forums. Preferably in the San Fernando Valley area. I would be interested in chatting about local shops, stores, where to buy items as well as wood and the like. Maybe even helping folks out with their projects and bouncing ideas around from time to time. Thanks.

-- Wood is good.

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 03:38 AM

I live 20 miles out east f Lancaster, but when I need a lot of wood I go to two places in the SF Valley. My favorite is a father and son outfit in Granada Hills.Granada Wood Products, 818-519-3460. And the other is Phillips Plywood. I have misplaced the card with the number, but they are on the internet.
I try to buy enough wood to make it worth the 180 mile trip. lol I suggest you call them first as the wood markets are very spotty nowa days. Good luck, Rand

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 03:49 AM

Best L.A. source for common rough hardwoods up to 16/4 is Bohnhoff
lumber in Los Angeles (or Vernon maybe). Call around if you like but I think
you’ll pretty much find their price and stock on hand hard to beat if
you surface your own stock.

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 06:14 PM

I’m a bit outside of LA, I’m in San Luis Obispo. There is a really cool wood shop close by in Atascadero called Forgotten Woods A husband and wife own it. Very nice people, knowledgable and helpful. They do ship, but its fun to wander through their warehouse. They import mostly hardwoods from Peru, and sell them milled, logs, bowl blanks, they also have a lot of pen blanks from all over too.
I know its a bit of a drive, but would be worth checking out if you visit the Central Coast.



-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 06:39 PM

I’m just south of LAX. Anderson plywood in Culver City has a good selection of plywood and some hardwoods. House of Hardwoods in west LA has an adequate selection of the top 10 woods. I am newer to the area and still looking for suppliers so I am looking forward to reading more from others in the area.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 06:45 PM

Woodland hills, huh? You’re right in the thick of it(recent shootings), aren’t you?
I’m a little ways away in So. Riverside county but we have some Universal passes and find ourselves in your neck of the woods on occasion. A buddy of mine, and LJ as well lives closer to you, his name is Ken and is a great guy. We keep talking about having a little get together with LJ’s or woodworkers in general but haven’t been able to make it happen yet….Maybe soon


-- Childress Woodworks

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 06:53 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I will check out the shops. I had been going to Far West Plywood, but the prices seemed a tad high, paid $5.75 for Cherry 4/4 and Paid $2.25 for Soft Maple 4/4 and $4.50 for Soft Maple 8/4. $55 for 8×4 Birch Ply and $39 for Soft Maple Ply. The Teak was $26 for 4/4 so the picnic table will be redwood lumber from an actual lumber yard instead…. lol. I can only head out after 6:00 pm weekdays or on Saturday, its hard to find a place that’s open.

-- Wood is good.

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 06:54 PM

Eric, sounds good! Thanks. I am down for a get together, I could even host if I’m central to everyone.

-- Wood is good.

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 10:06 PM

I’m just over the hill from you, in Simi Valley. I lived over 25 years in the SFV, 14 of it in Canoga Park. I get my plywood from Far West if I’m making something nice, and some of my larger boards. But I’m in the small end of boxes or turnings, so I buy wood and tools at the Rockler in Torrance, which isn’t far from where I work.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 02-13-2011 10:12 PM

Farther from you but great. Real Lumber in Anaheim and Lane Stanton Vance in City of Industry.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-13-2011 10:40 PM

I’m down in San Pedro. My neighbor swears by Penn Forrest in Carson. I get Apple Ply and other plywood at Somerville Hawthorne

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#11 posted 03-02-2012 12:21 AM

Hey, Ben. I’m in the process of getting settled in LA. Looking for a job (in television) and place to live, most likely in the SF valley. Let’s grab a beer sometime! Jason

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 02:57 AM

Ben and all, I’m in SF valley. Add me to the mailing list if you guys plan a get together. It would be great to talk wood shop even though I’m just a getting back and have lots to learn.

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