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Forum topic by Bertha posted 10-16-2011 04:16 PM 2019 views 1 time favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2011 04:16 PM

Gentlepeople, I have a few lumber connections made through the amazing generosity of some LJs that I’ve met here in the WV area. My job hours make travel difficult and despite my best intentions to take these fine gentlemen up on their offers, I’m seeking an internet supplier that can mail domestic hardwoods here to me in WV. I’m primarily interested in the normal players, in particular walnut. Can be rough, but one edge jointed is a plus. 7 foot lengths preferred but variable widths are acceptable.

Has anyone had some good experiences with mail-order lumber suppliers in my area (central WV)? I understand I’ll be paying a premium so I’m more interested in delivery times and quality of lumber. If anyone has had any good experiences please let me know (in the open or PM).

No offense to my friends that have desperately tried to help me. I’m still planning to pay you a visit but my job hours have become ridiculous. I put 54 miles on my truck last month;)

Yours in appreciation, Al

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

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 04:28 PM

Al, I recommend Steve Wall Lumber all the time. Their walnut has been great when I’ve ordered from them. I get the 20 bf UPS bundles. At less than $6 per bf including shipping, that’s a real bargain for here in Louisiana.

Being UPS, delivery is quick. The only problem for you is that 7’ exceeds normal UPS dimensions, so you’ll be paying a premium on the shipping. The people at Wall will work with you, though.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 04:32 PM

Hello, Bertha ! I have used advantage trim and lumber out of S.C.( I believe). I have only purchased poplar for making kitchen drawer sides etc. They have been reliable and friendly and willing to sell smaller quantities and ship Via UPS. If you are willing to use 6’ lengths and less…cheapest way to ship small orders is by UPS . These folks have been willing to help and their material is top notch random widths surfaced 1 or 2 sides rough is the best way to buy from them. They ship 1” thick rough stock. Phone them for the best deals. They always seem to have shorts (6’ or less) hanging around that they are willing to sell at reasonable prices. I have bought 4 orders of 30 to 40 bd ft from them and each order was quality material. good luck my friend. If you find a good supplier, share the name with me too , if you will ! Thanks…Don S.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 05:26 PM

Al, did you check the yellow pages?

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 05:40 PM

Thank you so much, gents. These are recommendations that I will look into with great earnest. I’m embarrassed to even ask because LJ’s have been so helpful in my pursuit. I just simply have more money than I have time. For those of you that would trade positions with me, consider it carefully;)

Soda, a search in my local area will return things of legend. Thousands of boardfeet of stuff you want. So far, all my pursuits have resulted in either 1) “with the economy…etc….” we only sell to current clients, 2) everything’s already bought up, or 3) we’re 7 hours away, stop on in!

My honeydo list has some very specific entries that I must get past before the fun begins. I’ve got to put a new top on a 7×4 dining room table and the bottom guts are walnut. I’m thinking 40 board feet of walnut to accommodate the jointing and breadboards (crossing my fingers). Even $15/bf doesn’t turn my stomach because this is a relatively simple “must do”. I’ve found a few 100 BF possibilites and even a few 500BF+ CL options that are out of my storage ablilties. I will look dilligently into any recommendations you provide and I am forever thankful. The thought of a 100bf “craft pack” isn’t too appealing;)

-- 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 10-16-2011 07:30 PM

Bertha. I have considered it and will gladly trade you spots for the next month. It seems you need time to get your projects done. I will sacrifice and accrue the money just so you can get your list done.

BTW, I am originally from your neck of the woods. Fayetteville to be exact. Missed Bridge Day again this year though.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 08:57 PM

Bertha, Maybe you’re just scared to socialize without a keyboard?? :-)

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 09:00 PM

hey al if it wasnt for my bad back, i would come to you and i would driver your truck and go pick up what you needed, that would be a fun job for me…sorry i cant come though with this, but maybe you will get it all worked out, ive got a sawyer down the road from me, about 6 miles, sometimes he has walnut , but not on a regular basis, unless you bring him the wood, i know that doesn’t help you , but well i just had to mention it…i think what charlie is saying and telling you is a good deal…20 bf at a time would be a nice bit…the last deal i got from my sawyer was 6 boards of walnut, about 13 inches wide and 12 feet long…there in my rack waiting for this winter…a new piece of furniture will be posted some time late winter…well good luck my friend…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-16-2011 09:15 PM

How far are you from Manassas, Va. There’s a real nice store there. Northeastern Wood Products(or something like that). They may mail order too. They have lots of domestic and just a few exotics.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 10:08 PM

Woodworker Source, The Wood Yard, and Bell Forest Products.

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 10:20 PM

54 MILES!!! How many trips around the backyard was that? You need to move to California and really learn to commute. 54 miles won’t even get you to work out here. lol Lucky dog, that truck will last forever at this rate.

And good luck on the wood. Rand

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 10:24 PM

I also get the 20bd/ft bundles from Wall Lumber. Easy, good quality, value and saves me tons of time.

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 03:08 PM

Thank you all so much! I will look into each of these retailers. I’ll let you know how it goes.
@2blacklabs, it’s a deal…meet me at the morgue tomorrow morning at 4:00AM dressed casually;)
@LilRed, I live VERY close to work;)
@Griz, I appreciate the offer, my good man
@Hawk, real life friends have this creepy way of LOOKING at you;)

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

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#13 posted 10-22-2011 05:43 AM

New guy here, so, hello to all.
Bertha, if your travels bring you to the Charleston area, check out John Longwell at Greencreek wood shop. He has some quality woods at real nice prices. Not sure how he feels about the shipping of wood though. He is trying to get a website p and going and I would say that a website and shipping are sort of synonomous, hand in hand if you will.
By the by, where are you? I am in Charleston. Excepting 9 years of military service, always have been.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#14 posted 10-22-2011 03:34 PM

Hey Planebill, Welcome to LJ! Check your PM mailbox!

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

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 05:59 AM

Wall Lumber is an excellent source. Fortunately, I don’t have to order it. They are only about 50 minutes from me. :) I can spend hours in there just looking at all the different lumber.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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