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Bark to Blade

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12-26-2013 04:37 AM

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Hey All,

Recent California transplant, setting up my shop and almost ready to hit the lumber yard! Anyone else in the Chicago area with recommendations. Looking for rough lumber, 4S and reclaimed lumber.

Thanks, look forward to connecting with local lumberjocks…HELLLOOOOO MIDWEST!!!

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 06:17 AM

I can’t help you with finding timber but it’s out there.

This might help you settle in. Tom Waits..” Chicago” from “Bad As Me”. I’d move there just for the music. The home of Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, you can still see him!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 07:40 AM

Welcome to chicago.

A few of the places i go are:

Heidler Hardwood (just roughsawn really but they offer a planing service if you get enough)
2559 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 847-7444

Owl Hardwood (s2s/s4s/sheet goods/exoctics) also have locations in desplaines and oak lawn
620 E. St.Charles Road
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Rebuilding exchange (reclaimed lumber)
1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 252-2234

Reuse depot(reclaimed lumber)Just opened not too long ago but great variety and good prices)
2711 Washington Blvd. Unit E
Bellwood, Il 60104

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 01:34 PM

For a metro area the size of Chicago, remarkably few options for lumber. Best option I’ve found is Owl Lumber, locations mentioned by previous poster. They have pretty much anything you would need, carry both dimensional and non-dimensional. HD and Lowes carry only red oak and poplar. Menards carries walnut, mahogany, cherry in individually wrapped pieces, but quality is not great and it is ridiculously overpriced. Rockler and Woodcraft have exotic lumbers, but usually not very deep inventory. If you want to browse through tons of lumber for your perfect pieces, I think Owl is your best bet. Welcome to Chicago, hope you enjoy our wonderful weather.

-- I'm a LumberJock and I'm OK.............. I sleep all night and I work all day !!

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jim C

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 01:50 PM

Mike in Chi-Town
Give us your approximate location.
North, South, or West suburbs? Or in Chicago proper and what location.
I’m up north in Libertyville. I can help if your up this way.

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 02:09 PM

Welcome to Chicago.

I bought from craigslist, a guy in West Chicago always has an add. 630-231-1416

Nicholoson Logging and Lumber 630 553 7612 201 E. Van Emmon Yorkville IL

Good luck.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 02:09 PM

I’ve actually bought a project’s worth of wood from probably 20 places throughout the Chicagoland area. But I often wind up at OWL, too.

I’ve paid a pretty price but gotten some nice pieces at:
The Hardwood Connection
1810 W. State St.
Sycamore, IL. 60178

A place I’ve heard of but never visited (yet):
Heidler Hardwood Lumber
2559 S. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Bark to Blade

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks guys!

In Downers Grove, but definitely willing to travel if need be…thanks for all the suggestions guys. I think I need to go on a reconnaissance mission for a day and check out a whole bunch of places.

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 04:57 PM

Let us know if you find anyplace wonderful.

If you decide to check out Heidler Hardwood, let me know; maybe I’ll join you.

Have fun!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 05:56 PM

I live very close to Owl Hardwood Lumber in Lombard and they’re great.

Great selection and decent prices, and helpful staff. Once I discovered them, I’ve gotten all my lumber there.

-- Ben from IL

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 02:07 PM

I moved from the Chicago NW suburbs about a year ago to San Diego, and recently just moved to Memphis. have not been able to find anywhere in Memphis to buy lumber, but that’s another post.

There is a guy in McHenry (NW Suburbs) a little bit of a drive for you but well worth it. You’ll save about 40% over owl hardwood (Which by the way has a great selection). I can’t find his contact information, but will keep looking. I do remember he was in McHenry. He is a flight attendant full time, and then runs a mini mill part time. He sells his stuff on Craigs list. I picked up some great 12/4 cherry, walnut and maple. Believe it or not the moving companies keep moving it with me. I’m still working through it.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 03:16 PM

I came back to get the Heidler address. Going into the city today and I’d like to check it out.

The McHenry guy posts on craigslist. Dan 815 759 1880. I was going to check out some maple from him.

There is also a guy from Michigan or Wisconsin that makes lumber runs thru the chicago area. He says he making a run and you tell him what yhou want. I never have. People seem to like him.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 03:45 PM

The guy who makes the lumber run from Michigan is Rich Eberly (reberly).

I got some nice walnut and butternut from Rich a couple of years ago. Even got a chance to have breakfast with Rich and his family. Fun, good wood and cost-effective.

If you have a need at the time he’s coming, highly recommended.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 03:56 PM

I too have gotten wood from Rich during his lumber runs to the Chicago School of Woodworking, very nice guy and great lumber thats priced a lot better than Owl. Don’t get me wrong, Owl is really nice and great selection, but it’s much more expensive than buying from someone like Rich.

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#14 posted 12-27-2013 04:23 PM

Here is the guy in McHenry. Great prices compared to the mills in the area

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#15 posted 12-27-2013 04:27 PM

I buy most of my lumber from Ron Meyers.
When he can’t fill my order I turn to Horigan and R&RS


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