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Forum topic by Sawdust_Pariah posted 05-04-2011 07:20 PM 1247 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2011 07:20 PM

Greetings, I’m a newbie to the site. I’ve been coming here to look at the great work by many of you and finally decided to join a month or so ago. I currently have a few projects going and should soon have projects to post of my own. But my question is, besides going to the local Lowes or Home Depot. I love all the beautifl pieces you all make, but I don’t know where I can find some good/better wood for some projects of my own. I think I do have a Woodcraft nearby in Norfolk, VA. But I haven’t been over there to see what they have. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find some wood?

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 07:24 PM

Good luck, my friend. I’m in a drought myself and don’t have a retail store nearby. Check your local Craigslist, searching for “lumber”. You may be surprised. There are reputable mail-order outfits as well. Best of luck and welcom to LJ!

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

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 10:12 PM

Go to a moving company and ask if they have any crates that they are trashing, you can find birch plywood, oak, I’ve even found some maple. You will have to dissassaemble but it is usually free. Another place to look is you local sawyers. they can be a great resource not only for good wood but also because they usually have friends cutting different species.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#3 posted 05-05-2011 01:02 AM

In your area try Yukon Lumber.

-- Barbara

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 01:33 AM

Check out high end deck places, Some of ‘em are using some amazing lumber at dirt cheap prices. A few will even sell it to you cheaper ‘cause it’s got knots in it (which I refer to as “figured”). And see if you can find a local cabinet maker and get in a conversation, they’re gonna buy their wood from somewhere.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 02:31 AM

put in your zip and how far you’re willing to drive you’re sure to find something that is an improvment over the bog boxes

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 03:20 AM

I love in the middle of nowhere and I mail-order almost everything. I hope you have better luck man!

-- christopheralan

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#7 posted 05-06-2011 02:55 PM

There is a place called They will ship their wood to anywhere in the country. They may not be the cheapest, but they certainly have better prices than Curtis Lumber, Home Depot or Lowes.

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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