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10-18-2017 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: basswood

It wood appear that the stores within a 30 mile radius of me (Simi Valley, CA) don’t carry basswood lumber anymore. I’m working on a large project and need an 8/4 by 6” by 8’ plank to get the rest of the wood I need. Anyone know of a source? I’m resisting driving 50 miles to Vernon, CA, for it (Bonhoff Lumber- nothing against them!). That’s through the kind of traffic I drove through for 28 years, and I don’t want to do that. Ever again. The other side of the coin is the internet, but I can just imagine what that plank would look like, when I received it.

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#1 posted 10-18-2017 04:39 AM

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#2 posted 10-18-2017 04:50 AM

+1 on Woodworker’s Source. I live in Tucson where they have a store, and they are excellent to work with. Obviously I don’t order online, but I do see the reviews on their web site which are good. Definitely worth looking at.

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 01:17 AM

I buy all my basswood from http://www.heineckewood.com/ They will cut to order for you at no additional charge. Top quality Northern basswood.

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 09:52 PM

There are no better Basswood venders bet than heineckewood venders!

Oscar

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 11:11 PM

Cherokee wood products has had it in the past. Definitely call ahead if you have to make the trip.https://www.cherokeewood.com/

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#6 posted 11-11-2017 12:49 AM

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 02:32 AM



http://www.walllumber.com/premier.asp

- MacNut11

That’s a pretty good delivered price on the “carver’s pack”, especially since Wall’s is on the other side of the continent from me! 20 bdft is a lot. My current project is going to take 18 bdft, of which I have about 15. Do you have experience with their shipping? I’d not want the wood to show up looking like it had been kicked all the way across the US from his store.

I found a place about 35 miles from me with good traffic, and got a basswood plank, 8/4 by 12 inches by 36 inches. I asked for clear, and it looked good. When I got it home and took it out of the trunk, I discovered a gaping knot hole in the other side. I realize that wood has defects, but they kept it facing so I didn’t see it, including loading it in the trunk for me (which help I didn’t need). I know to look better next time. I’m going to probe the hole (it has bark on it) and see if I can work around it. If not, I wasted a trip. The thing can still be used for smaller projects, but if I wanted smaller I would have bought smaller pieces.

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#8 posted 11-11-2017 09:06 PM

The price is good at the Wall Lumber, but since they are in North Carolina, the wood may be Southern Basswood, which is not nearly as good as Northern Basswood. The Southern wood is harder, darker color, and sometimes has a more pronounced grain. Before I spent that amount, I’d make sure I was getting Northern wood…

Claude

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#9 posted 11-12-2017 01:05 AM


The price is good at the Wall Lumber, but since they are in North Carolina, the wood may be Southern Basswood, which is not nearly as good as Northern Basswood. The Southern wood is harder, darker color, and sometimes has a more pronounced grain. Before I spent that amount, I d make sure I was getting Northern wood…

Claude

- ClaudeF

Good to know! I appreciate the advice. I also checked out Hienecke; I’ll have to see what they charge for shipping. Thanks!

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#10 posted 11-12-2017 03:44 AM


http://www.walllumber.com/premier.asp

- MacNut11

That s a pretty good delivered price on the “carver s pack”, especially since Wall s is on the other side of the continent from me! 20 bdft is a lot. My current project is going to take 18 bdft, of which I have about 15. Do you have experience with their shipping? I d not want the wood to show up looking like it had been kicked all the way across the US from his store.

I found a place about 35 miles from me with good traffic, and got a basswood plank, 8/4 by 12 inches by 36 inches. I asked for clear, and it looked good. When I got it home and took it out of the trunk, I discovered a gaping knot hole in the other side. I realize that wood has defects, but they kept it facing so I didn t see it, including loading it in the trunk for me (which help I didn t need). I know to look better next time. I m going to probe the hole (it has bark on it) and see if I can work around it. If not, I wasted a trip. The thing can still be used for smaller projects, but if I wanted smaller I would have bought smaller pieces.

- Dark_Lightning

Sorry I have not dealt with their shipping as they are within driving distance of me.

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#11 posted 11-12-2017 06:19 AM

did you ask your local folks “why” no more basswood? Are they just out of stock or no longer carrying Basswood?
I may consider many future projects of basswood over douglas fir due to it’s much lighter lbs in projects, even though it comes at a larger price tag. My local hardwood store in Reno, NV gets Basswood all the time.

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#12 posted 11-12-2017 03:47 PM



did you ask your local folks “why” no more basswood? Are they just out of stock or no longer carrying Basswood?
I may consider many future projects of basswood over douglas fir due to it s much lighter lbs in projects, even though it comes at a larger price tag. My local hardwood store in Reno, NV gets Basswood all the time.

- Holbs

The last time I was in that particular store, I didn’t think to ask why. I also didn’t think to ask if I could special order it. They were the nearest that carried basswood. I’m going to call and ask them if they will special order it. That would certainly make it simple. It shouldn’t be that hard to find. The stuff literally grows on trees. :D

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