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Forum topic by Jason White posted 04-01-2013 06:14 PM 2065 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jason White

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04-01-2013 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: los angeles lumber hardwoods native species sherman oaks

I moved from Boston to Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley) about 1-1/2 years ago and I’m finally getting around to setting up my workshop.

Anybody know where there’s a place close to me with a decent selection of rough-sawn hardwoods and plywood?

Also, other than Douglas Fir, what are some of the common “native” species of lumber here? I’m hoping those will be a bit cheaper than stuff trucked in from out of state.


- Jason

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 06:28 PM

I know that there is Saroyan Lumber, and Peterman Lumber in the LA area but don’t know how close to Sherman Oaks.

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 06:37 PM

You can try these guys: and also check out craigslist’s materials section.

local species? i like old growth redwood and doug fir. i suppose theres also eucalyptus, sycamore, and up here in Northern California, there are quite a number of guys millling oak and walnut. I find them on craigslist so hopefully LA’s selection is just as plentifull

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 06:52 PM

Southern California doesn’t have as much hardwood as northern California. Up here, walnut is pretty common, including claro walnut, which has a beautiful figure. There’s a separate species of walnut in SoCal that’s similar to claro. Redwood, of course, is a big one up here as well. Madrone and tanoak are two species you’ve probably never had access to before, and might be available down south.

Bigleaf maple is a bit softer than eastern sugar maple, but has beautiful figure. Lots of flames and quilting. Black oak is in the red oak group, and there’s a fair amount of that down your way.

For softwoods, ponderosa pine and various cypresses are findable. Western red cedar is plentiful statewide. Port Orford cedar (actually a cypress) is pretty rare, but it’s a beautiful wood, with maybe the best smell of any lumber I’ve ever worked with.

There is also a ton of non-native species around, like various eucalyptus and black acacia.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 06:53 PM

I live closer to Long Beach, but when I visit my son I pass Northridge Lumber. It looks very promising. Here is their website:

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 07:18 PM

Thanks for the tips, guys! I’ll be sure to check them out.

- Jason

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