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jesse_jgw

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12-17-2013 05:01 PM

Hi all! I’ve been referring to this site for some time now for tips and info and decided I better join.

I’m fairly new to woodworking. I did some back in high school and have done some small stuff with crap tools including remodeling my kitchen and building my own cabinets and finally transformed my small 12’ x 18’ one car garage in to a shop. I trimmed the whole thing in french cleats, so I can hang anything anywhere. I replaced my Skil aluminum table contractors tablesaw with a nice Delta cast iron table Biesmeyer fence tablesaw and have been trying to replace many of my other cheap tools with higher quality more accurate tools.

I’ve since then built an oak gun rack, barnwood wine table, glider swing, barnwood coffee table, 2 oak console tables, some bird and squirrel feeders, a pile of memory plaques for a friend that passed away, and lots of shop fixtures. I’m currently in the process of making 6 end grain cutting boards for Christmas. Which leads me to my question…

Where is the best, affordable place to buy exotic woods? I have a lot of ideas for cutting boards and other projects using purpleheart, padauk, etc… Prices seem to vary a lot online and I haven’t found a local place to get it from. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!


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jordanp

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 05:23 PM

If shopping online i usually use Bell Forest

As far as local that is going to greatly depend on where you are located. It can be a bit pricey but if time is of the essence Rockler and woodcraft both sell a small selection of exotic wood.

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exterminate

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 05:28 PM

I’ve had a hard time finding local sources for exotic lumber at decent prices. The only local store that sell it is Woodcraft around me, and their prices are high. The nice thing about them though, is you only buy what you want / need. If I go to my local hardwood supply company, I have to buy a minimum of 30 to 50 board feet, at prices that are not much better than woodcraft. Good luck, and let us know what you find!

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 06:09 PM

I have bought some off of E-bay. There is a store there called Exotic Woods Store that I have bought from and received good wood and service. Search on e-bay for wood, lumber, etc and there is a lot. The only problem is shipping is killing it.

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alohafromberkeley

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 07:14 PM

Your homepage doesn’t say where you are. Shipping is not cheap. If you need s4s then Bell Forest is great. If you can work rough then you’ll be saving a lot of money- I like Global Woods (San Jose,CA), Gilmer Wood (Portland, OR) ,Tropical Exotic Woods Of Latin America (Carlsbad,CA). Most places have a minimum (around$100), but that’s easy to do with exotic lumber. Depending on location, you may have access to some domestic “exotics”- Mesquite, Figured Maple and Walnut, Madrone, etc.

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 07:56 PM

In PA, I have a lumber supplier that I use. Its a hidden gem really as they do not advertise at all…Middletown Lumber in Middletown PA. When I roder things there that I may not be able to haul home, such as 4×8 sheets of plywood, they deliver it free of charge to my home. Now…the cost is a bit more than the big box stores, but the wood is a higher quality, especially the plys. You may have a hidden gen in your area, just ask around and you may find one in your area.

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jesse_jgw

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 08:46 PM

Thanks everyone for the help. I’m in southeast Iowa by the way. We have one of those hidden gems in the Amish district about 30 minutes south of here. They have great prices on a lot of common hard woods like oak, walnut, maple, cherry, ash, etc. No exotics though. I’m asking on here, hoping to find one of those gems! I’ve been looking at Ebay a little and I also had someone tell me about http://www.bellforestproducts.com/ which has reasonable “hobby wood” for small projects.

My problem, is I buy wood per project when someone orders something. I don’t have a bundle to buy some bulk to have on hand. That would be the way to go but just not feasable for me at the moment.

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 08:50 PM

You need to find a true lumber yard near you, not a hobbiest shop or a home center. You say there are Amish near you? Go talk to them about where to buy hardwood. My gut says they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 08:50 PM

Also, this won’t be popular to say, but folks who buy lumber from online sources are getting suckered royally.

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#9 posted 12-17-2013 09:22 PM

UVW, that is true in certain situations, Depends on size of project, and how far away the nearest exotic hardwood dealer is.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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