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Forum topic by WEC posted 02-20-2013 09:05 AM 7816 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WEC

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02-20-2013 09:05 AM

Hi all,
I’m new to the forums and have only been working wood as a hobby for a couple years. I’ve been planning out some larger projects (cabinets & some book cases) and I’m struggling to really figure out how to find the best places around me to buy the lumber. I’m trying hard to avoid the big blue and orange stores and I’ve done some goolge searching but thought I would see if there was any out there in my area with recommendations. Essentially looking for considerations of cost (shocking I know) but also quality and variety. Any and all recommendations would be welcome.
Thanks in advance.
-WEC


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Brad Hancock

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 03:57 PM

NoVA can be a big area, but I’ll give you my favorite locations around the Manassas area:

http://www.northlandforest.com/manassas.shtml
http://www.viennahardwood.com/
http://cpjohnsonlumber.com/

Always interested in finding other sources as well.

-- Brad Hancock

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 04:17 PM

Great to see someone else from the area on here. I am just getting into woodworking as well so by no means an expert. I first went to woodcraft in springfield but their wood selection is very minimal. As the store representative said “we are much more of a tool store that sells a little wood than a place to come get wood” He did however point me in the direction of Vienna Hardwood mentioned in the above post. I haven’t checked it out yet but he mentioned reasonable price and selection. Good luck and be sure to post any good finds you come across so I can take seconds!

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WEC

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 05:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! The Manassass area is EXACTLY what I was hoping to hear about since I’m in the Gainesville area myself.

I’ve looked at going to Northlandforest a few times but they were closed the one day I actually ventured over. Had not heard of viennahardwood nor cpjohnsonlumber so I’ll have to give those a look as well.

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 12:37 PM

Be prepared when you go to Vienna, it is not a well organized lumber yard. If you touch the wrong board, you may end up under a pile. It is an interesting place that you have to visit at least once though! Good luck.

-- Brad Hancock

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 12:50 PM

I have used Exoctic Lumber in Gaithersburg. Very well organized, nice people, if you don’t mind the trip into Maryland. http://www.exoticlumberinc.com/

Echo the comment about Vienna Hardwood. The folks are nice, but not very organized and not the selection one can get elsewhere.

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 01:36 PM

If you are in Gainesville then by all means go to Northland Forest Products. I VERY HIGHLY recommend them! Excellent selection, fair prices, very friendly and very helpful. They will either help you all you need or leave you alone to figure out what you want. You pick the wood yourself. You should go today as they are open on Saturdays. Do not be intimidated at all when you walk in. Just introduce yourself and then go crazy. They will even let you back your vehicle through the roll up doors to load your purchase. I used to live in PWC but now live in Fairfax City and it’s still more than worth the drive for me to go NFP.

Unfortunately, I can not recommend Vienna Hardwoods at all. Poor selection and not very helpful. Horrible set up and arrangement of their facility. They seem to be more interested in selling hardwood flooring these days.

CP Johnson has excellent lumber but he is down in Culpeper so that is a little far from me. When I have bought from him it was at the Woodworking Shows.

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 03:03 PM

I agree with your opinion on Vienna hardwood. I went there this week and it seemed very unorganized. I went looking for some 6/4 hard maple and purple heart. They didn’t have it and when I asked about ordering it he said it may be many weeks. Pretty disappointed. That was my first ever “lumber yard” trip and it was not what I expected. Next time I will make the trip up and check out Northland and Exotic Lumber. Thanks for the recommendations. I am down around Tyson’s so it isn’t too far a trip.

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 05:26 PM

Vienna Hardwoods is downright dangerous!

I forgot to comment on Springfield Woodcraft; They do have some selection of woods, but as implied earlier, that is not their main sales item. You may find some nice boards, but they don’t restock very often. The prices are actually not bad, and they are good if you need to find one board to finish a project. They also have a club card so you can earn 10% off after you spend $100. They are probably best for turning blanks and small exotics.

One other to mention is Colonial Hardwoods in Springfield/Newington. They are actually a combo cabinet shop, hardwood and supply seller. Decent selection, but their prices are the highest of all mentioned in this thread. They do have a nice cut-off bargain bin that you can pick through, but there are no guarantees on what you may find from day to day.

I have seen a couple of sawyers on Craigslist in NoVa, but I have not dealt with them. Seems like green wood most of the time.

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