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Forum topic by ChrisJ posted 09-01-2012 12:36 PM 1642 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2012 12:36 PM

I live in a small town in Northeast Arkansas. At least 2 hours from the nearest city (Little Rock). I’ve been woodworking for a few years now and for that whole time have been using big box store pine, poplar, and oak. While that’s all well and good, I’m interested in using some different types of wood in upcoming projects (walnut, maple, etc.). I’ve gotten some turning blanks online that I use for accents and for small projects but the shipping on larger pieces of lumber is unreal! Anyone have a source in NE Arkansas? Or even good internet sources?

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 12:49 PM

Surely Arkansas has numerous lumber yards/mills, with all the forest land and all, covering the State. I would suggest doing a search for same in your local area. Sometimes it just takes making that mental jump to get away from those big box stores to find better selection AND better prices. Good luck.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 01:55 PM

Many not all online wood vendors have minimum order amounts. Using search parameters hardwood or softwood suppliers and sawmills by state sometimes help locate places near to you.

You can also try

-- Bill

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 02:02 PM

Schallart Hardwoods has their mill and warehouse in Popular Bluffs, Missouri.

You could make a trip either to LR or Popular Bluffs with a truck and bring back a many month supply.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 02:38 PM

I used to live in Arkansas so I know that there is wood a-plenty all over around you. I was too cheap to buy from a mill so I watched for estate auctions. I picked up 150 board feet of black walnut for $50 one time and about 200 feet of quartersawn red oak for $165. Red cedar seems to be the easiest to find but a lot of people value it highly. I had to pay about $800 dollars for my stack of about 3000 feet rough sawn.

-- Dan, quartersawn oak = oak with stretch marks

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 04:38 PM

Chris, I grew up near where you are now back in the 70’s, and back then it was no problem to find a sawmill every few miles. We used to buy oak lumber by the truck load to build fences for the farm, and it was cheap too.

Unfortunately, nearly every sawmill I knew of in the area has closed down. Right off the top of my head, I can easily think of six mills that were all in operation at the same time that are now gone, and the closest hardwood sawmill to you that I know of is in Batesville. Unfortunately they don’t normally sell small quantities to the public.

A couple places you might try though. There used to be a place called ColorTile there in Melbourne that made hardwood flooring. I believe it is still in business, and you might be able to get some lumber from them or find out what there local sources are. I think they buy from that mill in Batesville.

There also used to be a mill up between Brockwell and Calico Rock that made hardwood flooring. They did the whole process from the logs to the finished floor as I recall, and might still be in business. If they are still there you might be able to buy something from them.

The fact is though, the sawmill business in north east Arkansas is in a real slump, so finding lumber is a lot more difficult than it was just a few years ago. If you do find a mill in operation, you might have to buy green boards and dry them yourself.

Also, although you might try it, the online searches usually don’t ever show anything useful in your area as I am sure you know, because it is just so rural. The closest listing on woodfinder are about 200 miles away.

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 04:48 PM

Oh, I did just remember a couple more things. Ridout Lumber in Batesville used to keep a small supply of hardwood lumber on hand, just random length/width rough lumber.

Also, there is a sawmill south of Ash Flat on 167 that still produces cedar lumber if that is of any use to you. I don’t know if they sell small quantities to the public, but the worse they can do is say no.

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 08:30 PM

Just found this on Craigslist:

Just down in Heber Springs, so not too far to go.

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 08:52 PM

Would like to see more of a lumber swap here even. If there’s anything I can trade out just holler.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-02-2012 03:10 AM

Wow! Thanks for all the responses…esp. to Lifesaver. I’ll definitely try those suggestions. Sounds like I may be making a trip to Heber Springs!

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 01:26 AM

Check this out. I bought some walnut and cherry off of him and was pretty satisfied. He has a woodmaster he uses for gang ripping and making moulding. The best part it is already dried.

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