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01-17-2013 02:33 PM

were is the best place to buy wood?

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 02:43 PM

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 03:00 PM

I generally have pretty good luck just searching “lumber” in materials on craigslist. Found a couple guys I go to regularly and a great deal occasionally.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 03:04 PM

If your like me, cost is the main issue. Not sure about your part of the country, but I’ve done very well finding small-time guys who mill it/kiln it themselves. You will always save a lot by going directly to mills. Also I’ve found I don’t need FAS for everything. It’s pretty easy to work around knots in common grades.

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 06:15 PM

I’ve bought wood from suppliers and off of Craigslist. I constantly check craigslist for deals, which are hard to find all the time. I just recently bought 40 BF of 6/4 cherry of random lengths and widths for 1.50 a bf. The guy has his own mill and had an overstock of lumber.

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 06:25 PM

Depending on your location and type of wood I find my local wood wholesaler has the best variety of woods,Some wholesalers sell to the public. The cheapest wood is usually from a local band saw mill operator,but many times it’s not dry nor does it have a straight edge.

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 06:32 PM


I have an ‘exotic’ woods dealer not too far from me – about 30 miles – expensive but reliable and well-stocked.

Some advice based on years of doing this, and transferring some of the family retirement wealth(smile) to dealers – have a detailed cut-plan in-mind: when you go to the source, you should ‘see’ every finished board you need somewhere as part of what you’re buying. Otherwise, it’s just plain expensive, when working with hardwoods. For my projects, I list-out every finished piece; then back-calculate what raw dimensions I’ll need, based on kerf-loss, jointer & planer loss; then go to the source, and evaluate each board available for which finished pieces I can yield. You have to love the process …

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 07:04 PM

The best place to buy wood is “locally”, it is expensive to ship, although I do dabble in buying rare and exotic stuff through the mail in small quantities.

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 08:54 PM

correct, due to its weight if it is just a few board feet, better close by, if you need something like 8,500 BFT you may think of importing yourself

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 09:08 PM

I guess this is a personal preference, but I like to look at and feel the wood that I am about to buy. I know there’s some who have good experiences buying online but I’ve never had enough courage to buy lumber that I pick out online haha Like what everyone else is saying, I typically keep a close eye on craigslist. Somebody always has a fallen walnut, pecan or oak tree that they want cut up and hauled off for free so I’ll do that and resaw what I can and use that.

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 01:48 AM

Thank you everyone i took your advice. I found a local mill and and met the gentleman who owned it and then went to his shop were i bought some wood that was so much cheaper then the store. Thank you Cosmicsniper and that is how I found the local mill. He also offered to cut down the three trees in my yard that I need cut down and turn it into usable wood and give it back to me ( at a small price). I did go on craigslist but I did not know what i was looking for so i moved on.

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 03:40 AM

Buying from a kiln has a few advantages. The wood will acclimate to your shop faster and be ready to work in a short time since its moisture has already been lowered. If you buy from a mill you may have to wait a while for it to dry. Of course , price wise, the mill will offer better prices.

Generally most lumber yards that deal in hardwoods either have a kiln or contract it out to a kiln.

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#12 posted 01-23-2013 10:26 PM

For free take, for buy waste time. Heirloom quality projects require heirloom quality wood and heirloom quality woodworker. My wood is waiting for me to catch up. Good luck, On Wisconsin. Steve

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