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08-08-2013 11:52 PM

I’ve moved past getting wood at Woodcraft/Rockler etc. and have been trying out other lumber yards. The first real lumberyard I tried out has been my favorite. They have wood racked up and I can personally pick out my boards. No problem.

I tried out another one today, and was surprised to find out that I had to “place an order” and it was too late in the day for me to pickup my order the same day. At one point, I was 2 feet away from the wood I wanted, but I couldn’t take it home. After driving 40 minutes one way in my gas guzzler, I was not pleased.

I understand this place caters to cabinet shops, commercial outfits, but it’s still very frustrating. I think I will be canceling my “order” when they open tomorrow and go back to my favorite lumberyard.

What are your experiences?

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 11:58 PM

I have no local lumberyard. I drive 70+ miles to Tucson to McEwen (Hood) and they are great – decent prices, great selection and they’ll let me pick out one or 100 boards. They’ll grab the forklift and take down as many needed to unbury the one I think I need and they will cut it to fit my truck if I’m too lazy to bring the trailer.

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 12:00 AM

I mostly shop at MacBeath, which has a large warehouse full of stacks that you can pick through.

My feeling is that if you can’t hand-select the boards you want, don’t bother going there. Looks like you’re in San Antonio. I have to believe that there are lumberyards or sawyers around that will be friendlier to hobbyists.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 12:54 AM

I still use Rockler and soon Woodcraft (when that move this way. Have not found a better local source but have not looked much.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 12:56 AM

It’s about 15 minutes away

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 01:34 AM

In st louis area we have st charles hardwoods which has good selection and decent prices as compared to big box. Menards has moved into the area and they seem to have a prettu big selection as compared to the other big box. Additionally i know a farmer with a portable sawmill that he has setup permanently. I bring my logs to him on a trailer and he uses his tractor with a high lift to move the logs onto the mill. I help him by doing a lot of the handling and even setting the dawgs on the mill. He doesnt charge me much at all and insists on me sitting and having a drink with him when were done.

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 01:51 AM

Both are self-serve places where you pick your wood from the stacks, then the guy fills out a slip for you, then you go into the office and pay. The closer one, D&R, has more rough cut lumber but also more sheet goods. Highland has more wood selection, and more surfaced wood, but less sheet goods. Win some, lose some.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 01:54 AM

I’m fortunate that there are a few great lumberyards within 45 minutes of me. Not so great for baltic birch, but really good for hardwoods. Any yard that won’t let me pick my boards doesn’t get my business.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 02:47 AM

I am my own lumberyard….....has it s advantages. However, it is sure a lot of work. Most people do not realize what it takes to buy the land, grow the trees, fell them, skid them out of the woods, clean off the dirt, saw them, spray the lumber for insects, stack the lumber, dry the lumber, unstack the lumber, re-stack the lumber, build barns and sheds to store the lumber, buy tractors and equipment to move the lumber, etc. Sometimes I feel like the Little Red Hen. But, this is what happens when you have a wood addiction.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 03:32 AM

I live 4 miles from the mill/yard. The owner is a friend of mine. However, he lets anyone pick their own wood. His people will move the stacks around so you can see what’s there. He carries a few exotics, not many. But, he will order anything I want and gives me a pretty good price.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 03:51 AM

I get it where ever I can. I get cedar at lowes, exotics at Schutte lumber who supplies most of the other places and I have two local sawyers for domestic hardwoods.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#11 posted 08-09-2013 04:00 AM

The lumber yard I use most often, lets me dig through the stacks to pick the wood I want. They carry a great selection of domestic hardwoods and a very nice selection of exotics. The great thing, is they are only 4 miles from my house and they will deliver whatever I buy free of charge. Hard to beat the service.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 04:04 AM

I have several sources close by. Wibles(20mi.) Fricks (20mi.), Amish (25 to 30mi.), and ll Johnson lumber(90mi.). I like LL Johnson lumber because they have a Rockler store at the yard. All of the sources are friendly and let you sort. Wibles and LL Johnson carry exotics at good prices.

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 03:42 PM

In the past I have used the commercial lumber yards and you can get some nice materials there, but you will pay dearly. These days I use two or three local sawmills (the small one man ones) where I can get a variety of lumber for a good price. Here in MN Solar kiln dried lumber typically goes for $1 to $2 a board foot and you can pick through he pile as much as you want.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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