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golfer12

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07-24-2013 01:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood exotic lumber board

Does anyone know where I can get exotic wood that roughly measures 12” long by 12” wide by 1/2” thick or 10” long by 10” wide by 1/2” thick. I do not have my own plane so I cant but wood thats an inch thick and plane it down to size. I’ve looked many places online and my local lumberyard that carries exotic wood charges a great deal of money to plane. If anyone has any idea or suggestions, I would appreciate it.


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#1 posted 07-24-2013 02:06 PM

A few thoughts:

“Exotic” wood covers a lot of ground, you might want to be a bit more specific.

There aren’t too many types of wood that show up in 12” wide pieces, and when they do the lumberyards aren’t going to chop it down into 12” long pieces for you, not when they can sell a 12’ long piece at a premium.

Fancy woods cost more than your average cherry/walnut/oak. To plane it to size instead of resawing is just throwing away money.

You can buy thinner stock from places like Rockler. They won’t have the 12” wide pieces, but you can always glue together thinner pieces. They aren’t cheap. If you’re building anything bigger than a pencil holder you will need to take out a second mortgage on the house to finance it.

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 02:18 PM

I know its not an easy size to find, thats why I posted on here. I’m not expecting to find lumber that is 12” x 12” x1/2” I expect Id have to buy a board that is 6 ft long or 8 ft or whatever. I do not have the ability to resaw the wood. Thats why I posted on here was to find out if anyone knew where to get boards that size or if some people had leftovers from their own projects. Rockley does not sell bookmatched pieces and the widest they carry is 5 inches and they are more expensive than woodcraft or ebay. Im making some boxes for friends as a thank you and would like to get wider wood for the top and not have to seem something.

As far as exotic, I meant wood not found in the US such as bubinga, zebrawood, lacewood, olivewood, padauk, species like that.

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 02:28 PM

If there is a Woodcraft store near you could try them. Also there are many vendors online.
You may also want to look up reactions to different woods. I react badly to cocobolo and bloodwood.
Another thing to consider is where do these woods come from. Many of the so called exotics are not always harvested legally. US Fish and Wild Life is not likely to knock on your door, but they busted one of the big guitar makers (I think it was Martin) for using illegally harvested imported woods.

-- Fredj

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 02:38 PM

I know about that, thanks though. Woodcraft doesnt sell anything wider than 5 inches, same as rockley. I tried them first. Thats why I came on here to post because i cant find what im looking for.

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 02:48 PM

May be you should try ebay, sellers can probably get the the size or the species of the wood you’re after.

http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.Xexotic+wood&_nkw=exotic+wood&_sacat=0&_from=R40

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 02:49 PM

http://stores.ebay.com/EXOTIC-WOODS-OF-THE-WORLD?_rdc=1

Maybe these good folks can help you out.

Ebay rocks, be careful of the shipping charges and you’ll be fine.

HTH

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 02:53 PM

ive looked through ebay and have had no luck, they are usually too short lengthwise or the wood is too thick and I do not have the ability to plane/resaw them. thanks for the help

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 02:54 PM

There is a Woodcraft store here in SC that often has very wide lumber. There is a lumber import company just outside of Asheville, NC that sells exotics. They do ship around the US. If I can find the name of the company I will post it or a link.

-- Fredj

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 02:55 PM

the person I talked to at my local woodcraft store said they only have wide veneers and not wide lumber. I will check again. Posting a link or name of that company would be very helpful, thank you.

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#10 posted 07-24-2013 03:00 PM

Cormark International in Weaverville NC.

-- Fredj

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 03:02 PM

thanks

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#12 posted 07-24-2013 03:05 PM

I have a slab of pink mahogany 20” wide

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golfer12

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#13 posted 07-24-2013 03:27 PM

how thick is that slab? do you have any other boards? I need something 1/2” thick or less and at least 10” wide

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#14 posted 07-24-2013 03:45 PM

I inch thick I have some cutoffs that might fit Ur needs and I could probably plane them down to size.

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#15 posted 07-24-2013 04:46 PM

i messaged you

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