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Forum topic by pallystu posted 01-05-2014 08:16 PM 1247 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2014 08:16 PM

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Hello I live in the Midwest in a nice little area in Indiana near Michigan nick named Michiana by the people who live here. I only have big box stores near me and no woodworking stores so all that I can get right now is construction grade lumber, some 3/4 thick hardwood and exotic woods, and oak in a few thicknesses. I’m having problems finding a place to order lumber online in different thicknesses or a WOODWORKING store in my area. Any one have any ideas? I don’t have a band saw or a thickness planer so I have no way to get the lumber to a new thickness so the variety or thicknesses is a must for now. Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 08:51 PM

Hi, Thomas! We live in central IN but have a lake house in northern IN – LaGrange County. There is a wonderful hardwoods shop in South Milford, IN. It is:

I’ve never had them do it, but the manager of the retail part of the operation has offered to have things custom milled for me. I get the impression from him that if it’s just a piece or two, there would be no charge. But they can certainly do whatever you want for a fee.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 09:00 PM

I live in northeast Indiana. I would try Johnson’s workbench in south bend. I go to the Charlotte Mi. Store to get hardwood. Good prices and nice selection. They have a web site search ll Johnson lumber. If wibles is not too far from you they also have a nice selection and good prices. It is also a Rockler outlet so take extra cash because you will want to buy something besides hardwood.

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 09:13 PM

+1 on the LL Johnson’s Workbench. I use the one in Charlotte. At first I bought rough sawn, but they have a very attractive machining rate for jointing, planing and sanding. The only thing they hesitate on is ripping to width. They deliver to residential addresses.

One thing to consider is that to get the most value, buy 100 board feet or more per purchase. The minimum milling charge is based on 100 board feet. That is also the first price break point.


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#4 posted 01-06-2014 01:15 AM

Thank you all for your posts! I looked at the websites and Johnson’s workbench seems like it will be the best fit for my needs! their prices seem to be pretty good…well compared to mail order and menards any ways lol. It is a 30 min drive from my home but it seems it might be well worth the drive :) thank you guys.

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