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Forum topic by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 10-28-2008 11:59 AM 2739 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2008 11:59 AM

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I look at all these wonderful projects and all this amazing wood and was just wondering if people would mind sharing their favorite suppliers, either local or on-line…

Locally in Arcade we have a dairy farmer by day and lumber dealer by night. Two barns full of every variety of domestic lumber you could want. About 15 minutes with a forklift and he will find you the exact pile you want and let you pick and pull what you want. Since there is no overhead and no labor costs his prices cannot be beat.

Also locally in Buffalo we have Advantage Trim and Lumber and their selection is very good too, but being a wood business with overhead and labor costs they can be pricey, I only go there is a need a single board or two of something unique that the dairy farmer does not have.

My next best stop is Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford, PA which I like to drive through while on my way to or from Delaware. Amazing selection and great people to deal with. Also the Grizzly Factory showroom in Muncy, PA is on the way, a nice half-way stopping point to walk around and ooh and aah over the toys.

For veneers we have Certainly Wood also located locally, they have an awesome selection and are always willing to let me go in the back (supervised of course) and pick and pull what I want. I drive right past them on my commute which means I can stop any afternoon, is this a good thing?

I have not shopped much on-line but I am starting to look more and more for the exotic woods and my trips to Oxford are about once a year, I need to start finding other options…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 10-28-2008 01:44 PM

There is not much selection here in Brandon. I use almost exclusively Wooden Edge, actually a buddy of mine who uses far more wood than I do lets me tack on to his order so I can meet the BF requirement. They mainly sell tools but they do sell wood on order. There are some places in Winnipeg (about two hours away), but again they have minimum orders and it is not too convienient.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 10-28-2008 01:52 PM

Locally, I’ve found Dennis Duncan in Almont, Michigan. He’s got a barnful of lumber with good prices. And to top things off, he’s a good man to do business with.

Online, I’ve purchased lumber from Bell Forest in Northern Michigan and have been impressed with the quality and their customer service. Prompt, pleasant and affordable is a winning combination in my book.

I’ve been attempting to buy some lumber from Wall Lumber online, but can’t seem to get them to respond to emails. Three times I’ve asked for assistance on shipping and I’m still trying to figure out how to buy something from them. Their products look good, I just can’t seem to get them to sell me anything.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 10-28-2008 01:56 PM

I use the Woodworkers Shop located in Pekin, Illinois.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-28-2008 02:13 PM

I’m on Long Island and I found via the internet a local exotic wood supplierl. and I also use in Ballston Spa, NY. by internet. Both have been pretty good to me. has a special this Thursday 15% off.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#5 posted 10-28-2008 02:32 PM

I ordered from Steve Wall Lumber recently, and was very pleased. They offer a pretty good price on what they call UPS bundles. They consist of 20bf of the lumber of your choice for one price, shipping included.

Here is the link.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-28-2008 02:34 PM

I live about 15 minutes from “curious woods” in Ballston Spa. It’s a great place.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#7 posted 10-28-2008 03:21 PM

I like to frequent LL JohnsonLumber in Charlotte Mi. and the Barn door lumber in Hemlock Mi.
both have a nice selection of lumber and tools. But LL Johnson is larger and better stocked.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 10-28-2008 05:44 PM

Thanks NYRockingChairs for bringing this up and to CharlieM1958 for the tip. I just ordered three bundles from Wall! Thanks again! to pace in wait of UPS.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 10-28-2008 06:08 PM

Here in Colorado I go to Collector's Speciality Woods
They have some unbelievable burl’s! Need to make a conference table – they have the burl slab to do it.
They import woods from around the world.

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#10 posted 10-28-2008 06:34 PM

Like Russel above, I’ve also been to Bell Forest Products in Ishpeming, U.P. They specialize in Michigan Upper Peninsula woods and are a good source for curley and birdseye maple.

That said, the Frank Miller Lumber Company in Union City IN is a real “candy store” for woodworkers. ( ) They have a very wide selection of domestic and exotic imported woods. This is a 100 year old company and one of the largest mills in the country.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 10-28-2008 08:16 PM

There are a few guys in Tennessee that I have bought bulk quantities from on ebay. Owl lumber is another place I frequent.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#12 posted 10-28-2008 08:37 PM

I haven’t bought much lumber locally. What I have bought I’ve gotten at Woodcraft and another company that has gone wholesale, no longer selling retail, in Oklahaoma City. I did stumble onto a minor gold mine a couple of weeks ago on Craigslist. I got some 2×7 x 60 pieces of bubinga, about 40 bf of zebrawood and 20 bf give or take of purple heart all for $5 a board foot. Funds wouldn’t let me buy more, dadgummit! Mostly I buy lumber when I go back to Indiana to visit my mother. I drive the 50 miles to Hollingsworth Lumber in Russiaville, In. and pick up what I’m wanting. They also have a location in Peru, In. ( ) Follow the links and you can find lumber they carry and the prices. Great prices. Have bought red oak, hackberry, hickory, soft and hard maple from them.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#13 posted 10-29-2008 02:09 AM

Rich, Localy we have Wyoming hardwoods in Silver Springs(Warsaw), Allegany Hardwoods in Hume(rough sawn, Omish. My sheet goods come from Thruway plywood( Cheektawaga). All three of these places I deal with. Certainly Wood for veneer, as metioned. Thurway come out our way every tuesday, so they can deliver to your house on that day.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#14 posted 10-29-2008 01:29 PM

Here in Southern Ontario, a good source of wood can be had at the Wood Shed. You will often see his display at local wood-shows.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 10-29-2008 01:36 PM


I had found thruway plywood but was unaware they made trips. Since I work up in Amherst it is a quick trip to hit them on the way home.

I deal with Dave Chizuk out west of Arcade, if you turn right at the light of 16 and Main street (by the BK and Valu Shopping Center) he is about 5 minutes out, across from the old ski place. He is by appt only and can get busy during haying season and logging season so long as you have a week or 2 to work out a time, he is great. I can send you his phone number if interested.

Thanks for the other places, I had also been out to Bristol Valley Hardwoods in Bristol. Take 20A all the way to the end and they are right at the end of the road, about 90 minutes away.


-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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