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Forum topic by john339 posted 04-11-2011 06:00 PM 1015 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2011 06:00 PM

I have decided to take up woodworking as a hobby of sorts, starting off with building some picture frames for my wife who is an aspiring artist of sorts also. I am new to the Madison WI area and am searching for a good source for hardwoods local to Madison. I have had no luck finding anything nearby and was wondering if anyone out there is local ans has some suggestions out side of a local Woodcraft store?

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 06:04 PM

Welcome to a great hobby, and to a great website !

I tried Woodfinder, and … it only gave Woodcraft.

But … using Google Maps … I found these guys:

My thought: if they don’t sell what you’re looking for, they may be willing to let you know who does.

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 06:59 PM

thanks for the info Neil, looks like they are a mill shop and stock a good selection of domestic wood. I was reading your profile, I myself am a carpenter by trade and due to some disabilities had to find a new line of work so I do software now but really miss the outdoors, well at least in the summer here in Wisconsin. this is quite a site, I am in the process of building a router table for fun and to cut some picture frame moldings. Ive looked around but the nearest lumber mills appear to be over an hours drive in just about any direction I go from Madison. I find it amazing the price differences between some of the mills around the country, double to triple costs per BF?

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 07:27 PM

John. another thing you may want to consider is looking for wood you can recycle. If your just making smaller things like picture frames and such then you don’t need to buy large planks. A lot of people reuse hardwood from pallets or other scrap pieces for smaller projects. I am sure you can find many things made of hardwood that are being scrapped or thrown out.

Also check to see if there are any local cabinet shops/factories by you. If there is one they will have a whole lot of cut offs and odds and end hardwood scraps that they may sell or even give away. Last summer I went to a local cabinet shop and filled up my truck with cut offs that they had to get rid of. I have used a lot of the wood for odds and end stuff and small projects.

You will save a lot of money this way

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 07:28 PM

Welcome to LJ! I’ve got the same problem, strangely enough. I have an enormous drive to get to any of the good places. Although I was very skeptical, certain mail order companies are pretty reputable. Also scour your local Craigslist for “lumber”. I’m always a day late but there are some good deals to be had.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 07:37 PM

John, with questions like this I generally suggest taking a look at Craigslist. Good deals can be found for both tools and hardwood lumber if you are willing to be patient and watch the posts that are listed. Here is a listing of ads from the materials category that I found in the Madison area by searching for lumber postings.

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

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 07:39 PM

^Scott, did you see all that reclaimed barnwood?! Oh man, I wish I had those ads reply when I search my local CL.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 08:14 PM

Take some time to find any furniture and cabinet manufacturers in your area. A lot of times they have a lot of good drop that is cluttering up their operation and will eventually pitch it because there is never enough room. It also costs to haul it to the dump. Have some cash on hand, pay a visit, and ask them politely if they have any drop that they would like to sell or even have hauled off. You might just get lucky. Go to IRS auctions and take a look at anything within driving distance of you. Their auctions are on the internet and you can bid online. They have a lot of good deals on material every so often.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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