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Forum topic by Russel posted 06-12-2008 01:57 AM 1029 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2008 01:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber walnut cherry roughsawn sawmill

I just went out and bought a small load of lumber 50 bf of walnut and 50 bf of cherry at 3.50 a foot. The cherry boards are about 5/4, 6” wide and 8 ft long. The walnut is 4/4-ish, 10-11” wide and about 7 ft long. All roughsawn and kiln dried. I thought I got a pretty good deal.

The great part was the fella I bought the wood from. His name is Richard Mills and his company name is Logs to Lumber and Beyond . The great part is that he is a woodworker who saws his own wood and is a friendly as the day is long. Not only did I get some good looking wood, but I had the opportunity to chat with a fellow woodworker, see his work and see his shop. What a nice shop; it’s probably bigger than my house and he’s got some really cool toys, uh I mean tools.

I like purchasing lumber in the rough, and I particularly like buying lumber from someone who has the same objectives that I do. So if anyone is looking for lumber in Southeast Michigan, this is a good guy to talk to.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 06-12-2008 02:27 AM


That is a pretty good deal. It is about the same price that I get my rough cherry ($3.40 a bf for FAS) here in Kentucky. And the guy I get it from, while he only sells lumber, has been in the business for many years and is extremely knowledgeable about wood and woodworking. It is hard to get away from him because he and I both enjoy talking about wood. He lives about 50 miles from my home and I always plan a buy early on a Saturday morning so that I don’t have to rush and we have plenty of time to just talk after loading the truck.

Dealers like mine and Richard help make woodworking even more enjoyable.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 06-12-2008 02:51 AM

thats a nice deal. i love a good lumber dealer. its nice talking to them if they know their stuff. the guy at mine is a woodworker also, more of a weekend warrior that enjoys woodworking. its funny because he’s so impressed with me. its really nice talking to him to. he even gives me deals some times. thanks for the post!

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#3 posted 06-12-2008 02:55 AM

I buy my lumber from a local hardwood dealer. I can pick what I wand or order any width, thickness I want and they’ll do it for me. It’s a pleasure dealing with them.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 06-12-2008 10:17 AM

Nice story. Did you turn him on the Lumberjocks?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 06-12-2008 11:50 AM

Gary, I wore my LumberJocks t-shirt and explicitly pointed it out to him. He said he was familiar with the site. He’s got some nice stuff and he’d be a good addition here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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