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conbillb

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08-10-2008 06:31 AM

Hi. I could use a little advise on finding wood to use at a good price. I have plenty of 2×4’s and 2×6’s and that kind of stuff that is sold reasonably priced at Menards and Lowes. But their good hardwood like oak or maple is just too high for me. Where are the best “bargains”, and how do you come across them? Not just oak or maple but any kind of wood. Thanks, Bill.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa


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Karson

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#1 posted 08-10-2008 06:37 AM

Call Woodmizer and ask if they have any owners of their machine in your area.

Call the State Forester in your state, usually by county maybe at the Extension Center and ask them for sawmills. They should know whats going on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bigbuck

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#2 posted 08-10-2008 07:03 AM

You might also try finding a hardwood dealer in your area. The small mills like Karson mentioned will be the cheapest but the hardwood dealers will still be better than the big box stores as far as price and quality of lumber.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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conbillb

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#3 posted 08-10-2008 07:05 AM

Thanks for that Karson. That sounds like a great idea! You have a great story with that maple you got ( on your blog ). Now that’s what I’m talking about.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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conbillb

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#4 posted 08-10-2008 07:15 AM

Thanks Bigbuck. I looked in our phone book under hardwood but no luck. We have a few hardware dealers like a Farm King. ACE Hardware, Tru-value and the like though.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#5 posted 08-10-2008 07:22 AM

http://www.hooddistribution.com/index.html

Check this place and see if there is one near you.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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conbillb

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#6 posted 08-10-2008 08:21 AM

Man! That looks like a good company! I live in southeast Iowa though. It looks like the closest is about 400 miles away according to their site map. I didn’t see anything about shipping on their site. Thanks Adrian.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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Christopher

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#7 posted 08-10-2008 09:33 AM

I dont remember the last time I bought oak or any hardwood for that matter. What I do is simple, worthwhile and very ‘green’. Go to local cabinet shops, casing mills, pallet builders, and even construction sites and ask if you can dig through their dumpsters. You wouldn’t believe what I have scored! You can also feel good about having saved some beautiful wood from the landfill. Be sure to ask first though, and get a name, no need to get arrested!

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#8 posted 08-10-2008 12:31 PM

You could also find and call some local loggers. I found the best people to get friends with are the people cutting and sawing the logs. They can tell you who they sell them too, sometimes some “scrap” or left-over wood that is too small for anything else, but great for turning, falls off the truck and into my yard.

My best and cheapest wood supplier is a local dairy farmer. He keeps 2 barns full of hardwood at all times, he does it as a side business, so no overhead and charges just enough to keep the wood business on the green side. He is not listed in any yellow pages and you only find him by word of mouth.

Good luck.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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CaptnA

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#9 posted 08-10-2008 01:48 PM

Talk to other local woodworkers, clubs, etc and see if they’ll share their sources. So often the best deals are found word of mouth. Kinda like fishing spots. If they were advertised heavily they wouldn’t be the best for long. Prices go up, stock runs short, on and on. Maybe a group buy would help.
LOML is from Ne and there aren’t as many great wood sources there are we have here in NC. Just the nature of the beast. The Appalachians have tons of variety when it comes to wood. My dear friend in NW Mt has gotten very well acquainted with the pine that dominates his area. He made a deal with a truckdriver that comes here and on an empty return trip that way he brought along literally over a ton of hardwood. He sure got to be popular with local woodworkers! And shipping was virtually free.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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conbillb

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#10 posted 08-10-2008 07:51 PM

Excellent idea Christopher! Thanks! We have plenty of construction here, new and remodeling. The “Flood” hit this area hard. Gulfport Ill. , right next to Burlington where I live, is still under water! We also have some pallet companies around. Have fun with those kids!

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#11 posted 08-10-2008 08:05 PM

Keep an eye on craigslist. I have seen several adds for lumber and most are millers that will let you know what and when they have other stuff.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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conbillb

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#12 posted 08-10-2008 08:07 PM

Hi Rich. Thanks for the tips. Just talked to a sawyer and he was a super nice guy. He has a lot of aromatic cedar and gave me an armful of nice scraps. He will get my business when I come up with a project for that cedar! Smelling a piece of it right now and man it smells goood! By the way, you did excellent on your rocking chair! Definitely want to find some walnut now too!

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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conbillb

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#13 posted 08-10-2008 08:22 PM

CaptnA: You are correct! The sawyer I just met turned me on to another guy locally he helped set up a mill but I haven’t talked to him yet. Yes, need to follow leads and maybe find a great source. Thanks! P.S. We are happy dog owners ourselves, 2 Labradoodles ( brother and sister ) and the mother Lab.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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conbillb

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#14 posted 08-10-2008 08:24 PM

Thanks Adrian. Never dealt with craigslist. I’ll check it out. See ya.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#15 posted 08-11-2008 01:10 AM

I know we got the last order of walnut from Tennessee and before that, New Jersey. We also just brought in a stack of California Red Wood. Problem is it was $2800 freight just for a stack space (4’x12’ on the truck). Moving the wood around the country is getting pricier and pricier.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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