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JPB

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1130 days ago

Greetings all, brand new to this and doing it as a hobby. I’ve been moving from state to state for years (and as a result, apartment to apartment) and have finally settled in Atlanta where I own a house with space for a shop. Hopefully my years of ‘if only I had room for a shop’ research will give me a small jump on getting started. I know what I need, but what I don’t know is where to get it. I know Highland is right here, but their stuff is pretty high end, and Festool is slightly above my price point ;-). Where do you guys shop for tools and wood? Internet vendors? Is there another place in town I can get tools and supplies?

Thanks
Joe


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MSD

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#1 posted 1130 days ago

Try some of these places:
Rockler Roswell Rd.
Peachtree Woodworking Jimmy Carter Blvd
Woodcraft Holcome Bridge Rd.
Swannee Lumber Buford Hwy.

Hope these will help

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 1130 days ago

Also these are good. Highland Woodworking and Peachstate Lumber.

Peach State has a retail section but they sell mostly to businesses. They have a large selection of Harwood and other species.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BYGeorgia

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#3 posted 1130 days ago

All the above. I have also gotten hardwood from CAG Lumber in Gainesville. While Highland does carry ‘high end’ power tools (Festool and Oneway), I do shop there often for supplies and handtools.

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#4 posted 1130 days ago

Highland is an excellent store, especially if you plan on working with hand tools. The staff there is very knowledgeable. Rockler and Woodcraft are also good retail stores for all sorts of woodworking needs, although they don’t offer too much that Highland doesn’t, so really where you are in Atlanta will dictate which store you frequent the most. Peachtree on Jimmy Carter is a good source of tools or supplies as well, and it’s a large store, but I don’t always find what I’m looking for there.

Never buy lumber from the woodworking retail stores, unless you need it in very small quantities. It’s always cheaper at lumber yards. I’ve been to both Peach State and Suwanee. Peach State is much bigger and has a large selection of exotics, but I find on pricing that Suwanee is often cheaper. Both are out some ways from the perimeter. Closer to the city is Atlanta Hardwood in Mableton.

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closetguy

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#5 posted 1130 days ago

Don’t buy your wood from anyone but Peachstate Lumber in Kennesaw. They have the largest selection of both rough and dimensioned lumber. You will not find a better bunch of guys to deal with anywhere. If you walk in there and tell them you need 4/4 rough walnut, they will bring a pallet out on a forklift and let you spend all day digging though it for one board. They also have sales on unique pallets of hardwood on a regular basis. Everything can be bought one board at a time.

Atlanta Hardwood, in Mableton, is more expensive than Peachstate, has less people working in the warehouse, and takes longer to check out. It can be a real frustrating experience. However, they do have a good selection of hardwood moldings, edge banding, and veneers.. Just don’t be in a hurry when you go there.

If you need door and cabinet hardware at jobber prices, check out A&M Supply in Marietta. They also carry a large selection of Fast Cap products, plywood, and laminates.

Rockler is always worth they trip.
Woodcraft has a nice size store.
I wouldn’t waste my time going to Peachtree Woodworking unless you want a t-shirt.
I love Highland Hardware when I have a few hours to browse.

The best prices on new tools occur at Gwinett Civic Center when they have the Woodworking Show in the Spring. Unfortunately, you have to wait until next year.

Because this is a big city, our Craigs List is very large and you can find many used tools for good prices by looking there.

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