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CharlesA

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02-13-2014 03:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple

I’ve got a hankering to make a serving tray I saw and need some curly maple. All if my local suppliers are out. I’m looking to order some boards. Thinking Bell Forest products. Any experience with them or someone else?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 05:12 PM

I think a smaller project like a serving tray would be the perfect way to try a mail order supplier. Maybe they will impress you.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 06:11 PM

I’ve had very good luck at the two sites below:

http://www.nwfiguredwoods.com/

http://www.oregonburls.com/default.asp

You may also consider posting a Craigslist posting for local wood mills. I found a gentleman near me who runs his own side business and I found some very nice blanks and quite affordable pricing.

Good luck…John

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 06:15 PM

Charles,
I am quite familiar with Bell Forest Products. They are located in Ishpeming, Michigan which happens to be my
home town where I grew up. I have stopped at Bell Forest many times to look around and/or buy some of their lumber. It is top rated and the people are very helpful. Good luck on your endeavor.

TerryS

-- Terry

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CharlesNeil

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 06:38 PM

email Bob@bobkloes.com .. he is one of my go to guys for nice maple’s flame birch and so forth .. super nice guy , very reasonable and does small quanities and will help you with dimensioning and so forth ..
He is in Wisconsin

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 07:19 PM

Try McKinney lumber. They are specialist at the figured lumber business. No minimum order either.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 07:36 PM

BFP is a great source. I took a chance on a piece, for a plane body of curly maple. The pics made it look okay. Wow was i surprised. It had quartersawn grain as well. spectacular stuff.

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CharlesA

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 11:05 PM

Thanks everyone. I’ve checked with Bell and. Bob Kloes.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 12:14 AM

Try woodbarter.com. Mike1950 has been selling some nice guitar seconds. Different thicknesses.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 12:33 AM

Hi CharlesA,
Have you tried the Bagdad Kentucky SawMill. Bagdadlumber.com They usually have some very nice wood and you can call 502 321 0509 them and talk to a real person. J’m your neighbor in Elizabethtown.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 02-14-2014 12:36 AM

Bagdad is out of curly maple, so is Bonesteel, Bargain Supply, and Woodcraft. It wasn’t worth it to me to drive to McInturf in Lawrenceburg for a relatively small order (so I didn’t check to see if he had any). I purchased a healthy amount of cedar from Bagdad for a cedar chest I made for Christmas (on my projects page).

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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