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Steve Kreins

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178 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question purpleheart mahogany maple cherry basswood walnut zebrawood

I’m just starting out and would like to know where you all find your sources of hardwoods.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!


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lew

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#1 posted 178 days ago

Local planing mill.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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WDHLT15

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#2 posted 178 days ago

A good place is to check your local Craigslist. Go to the Materials section. Small sawmill operators like me advertise there.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Picken5

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#3 posted 178 days ago

I agree with Danny. Some of the best deals for hardwood can be found on CL. Check these out:

http://waco.craigslist.org/mat/4233772114.html

http://waco.craigslist.org/mat/4267026114.html

http://waco.craigslist.org/mat/4254835147.html

I have to drive about 1-1/2 hrs to my favorite sawmill — but it’s worth it. I’ve even found other woodworkers trying to get rid of excess stock.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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wbrisett

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#4 posted 178 days ago

One thing to note about buying from a local sawyer, or mill. You absolutely must have the right tools or techniques to square and plane it before you can use it. There are ways to get away without having a jointer (router table, table saw with sled for one side), and even sometimes a planer (use a router to flatten the boards). But you really will need these things or at least plan on them eventually. A bandsaw for resawing is almost always needed.

The other thing is to see what hardwood stores are close by you. We have two and they have loads of different woods available (usually at prices that make you weep), and the wood they sell doesn’t need to be worked quite so much. Usually it’s squared up (at least on one side) and rough planed. Do a quick check in your area for something like maple, cherry, or oak hardwood via a search engine and see what you come up with.

If you’re desperate, Home Depot does carry some limited quantities of oak. Again the prices are pretty steep for what you get.

Good luck!

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jerrells

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#5 posted 178 days ago

Steve – try Forest Lumber Products in Grand Prairie – a friend of mine goes there and likes it.

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

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BPatterson

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#6 posted 178 days ago

Danny – I have seen your ads on Craigslist (I am in Macon). I will definitely hit you up when I get the tools to mill my lumber. I guess I could always use the table saw and router…:) Anyway, its nice to see someone near me on the forums!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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HarveyDunn

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#7 posted 178 days ago

wbrisett (and everyone else): a question for you.

I’m interested in making small items like keepsake boxes and decorative frames. I have very little space so I’m trying to think of every way I can to make the most of it. I know I want to do resawing so I have to have a bandsaw. I’ve been wondering if I could skip the jointer and planer (for now at least) by buying S4S boards off the internet. (There are no lumberyards offering complete milling services near me.) Or is this doomed to failure because of wood movement – i.e. I order what I think are the perfect thickness S4S boards but after a week or two in my shop they’ll cup/bow and need to be milled again…which I can’t do, except by using hand planes, since the reason I bought the S4S boards in the first place is because I didn’t want to buy a jointer and planer!

I am willing to spend a lot to get a really good bandsaw.

And I do have a set of handplanes, so another option I guess might be to always add “X” in thickness to the board when I order them, with the plan that removing “X” in thickness with a handplane should be enough to compensate for the board’s movement after it is delivered.

Is there any way to use a bandsaw to thickness a board that doesn’t have a flat face?

I’m interested mostly in the traditional domestic hardwoods: maple, oak, cherry, walnut, pine, etc.

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Ivan

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#8 posted 176 days ago

I have a mill located close who make flooring from all sort of exotic woods as well as domestic hardwoods.

I’ve been listing them on

http://www.woodbarter.com/threads/wenge-and-zebra-lot-4.11616/

I can joint and plane to spec if that’s something you’re looking for.

-Ivan

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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Sandra

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#9 posted 176 days ago

Harvey – you may want to start a separate topic – you’ll get more info that way.

Steve – Kijiji (Craigslist) has kept me in supply. I watch particularly in the Spring for people settling estates, cleaning out barns etc. Also by asking around. I’ve got hard maple at 1.50 b/f and yellow birch at the same price. The local specialty wood store here sells ‘shorts’ at a decent price.

Good luck

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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WDHLT15

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#10 posted 176 days ago

BPatterson,

It would be good to have you come down and look at some wood. There is more info on my website, hamsleyhardwood.com

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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