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09-17-2011 02:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: buying wood on the internet

I noticed a reference in an article to buying wood from Woodworkers Source in Phoenix, Arizona.

I have bought from Cook Woods in Klamath Falls, Oregon and received nice pieces of wood, but I have no experience with the other.
I would like to hear of your experience with Woodworkers Source. Thanks for your interest and time.Rand


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#1 posted 09-17-2011 02:51 AM

Thanks Gary, I really don’t want any S4S wood. I have lost too much due to cupping and all. I prefer rough cut and then I want to plane it as I need it. Do Spellman’s ship?

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 04:50 AM

Downes and Reader is fantastic…I live in their area so I can visit on a Sat. morning and hand pick my lumber. They will also mill the lumber. I’ve had larger orders planed to 13/16” to save wear on my ancient Delta and it came dead on at 13/16” with no snipe. Last time I was there I watched them custom wrapping and weighing some 16/4 Walnut to ship out…plastic shrink wrap, cardboard and more shrink wrap. Your shipment will be well protected!

They also do pen blanks and assorted turning blanks, but those aren’t their main focus.

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 05:26 AM

Gary, our suppliers left the valley and are now down in the LA area. It is a 65 to 90 mile drive one way. By the time I buy the gas, I save money on having it shipped.

I’m trying to build up a nice selection of hardwoods for Jewelry boxes, and other smaller things. I’m also adding oak cabinets to the house. This requires plywood and oak boards. The last supplier in our area is showing the effects of this bad economy too. I don’t expect them to be able to hold out much longer. I can still get American plywood for about 58 bucks a sheet.

I dropped in on HD the other night to see what they are handling and found this crap that looks like the China crap with an American made inking on the edge. What made me suspect is the glue is turning loose while it is laying in the store. lol We may be wishing for Chinese the way things are goings. lol

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#4 posted 09-17-2011 05:17 PM

rand i shop at wood workers soures all the time but im any 3 blocks away i hand pick my stuff wood is wood
some of the stuf is like said above 7/8 other is 15/16. went to spellmans they treated me like crape never going there again besides if you are looking for exotics for your jewelry boxes they dont carry much (who dosent carry purple heart) move to phoenix hahaha i have wood craft,rockler,timberline,woodworkers soure,
and a few others all in a very short drive. what supplier moved to LA awnser woods? if i remember corect there is a very good supplyer i went to in fontana cant remember the name but the had a huge selection
and ther eis a supplies in riverside that is good a friend of mine goes there hope that helps
anyway when i am driving to 1 of the 5 or 6 supplies out here i will think of you :) i remember not too long ago being in the same boat living in the same valley as you it was mail order a long ass drive

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 05:34 PM

rand try wood worker in Salem Oregon I have good luck with them all they seal is wood

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 07:02 PM

Gary, If you weren’t already in the desert, I would offer to dry your wood and of course I would test it for you too. lol

eddy, Answer is still around, but Terry lumber closed three stores here and moved to Santa Clarita and then sold out to a new owner. They were very high even when they were here. Like $120 for a sheet of 3/4 oak ply. I won;t even go to the exotics.

Robert, I check them out. I’ll give you a call Monday and get the specifics.

I’ve thinking it over and with gas the big cost it is now, it just makes sense to have it shipped in in small bundles. Besides I have a great UPS guy that live just around the corner. lol

As soon as I finish the two cabinets for Momma, I need to make a counter top. She has her heart set on one of Larry’s open basket weaves. I can’t afford the shipping from Australia, so sorry Larry, I have to make my own.
I would love to find a rough cut supplier. Usually by the time I get around to milling the boards and making something, the S4S has cupped or warped and there is not much leeway to correct the problem. And I have found the dried rough cut will stay stable in the lumber rack almost indefinitely. I know I have very little waste with the rough stuff.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your time in the shop. Best wishes Rand

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 03:25 PM

gary yes i have been to arizona hard woods way cool place more used machines than i have ever seen in my life all in one place, last time i was there they had 3 steel city table saws all in great shape some stuff new some stuff very old my daughters 3rd lathe will probably come form here she want to restore a old one

rand why are you not getting wood at awnser ? when i lived there i got wood there all the time if i wanted fat 4/4 wood i would get the wood from the back befor they ran it thru the planer it was normaly 5/4 or better

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#8 posted 09-18-2011 09:49 PM

eddy, my last order was S4S from Answer. I lost about half due to warping etc. When I was there, I did not see rough material. I prefer to have the rough and then it will stay more stable until I can get a shot at it.

The back only gives me a short break (pun intended) every once in awhile. And while I wait for the good days, the wood waits for no one and does it’s own thing. If I make anything out of a lot of the twisted, cupped and warped stuff, I will be competing with Martyn and his little bitty boxes. lol

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