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03-13-2014 05:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource wood hardwood supplier store tip

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of wood suppliers around the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
If you have any comments or experience with these or other suppliers, please let me know and I will update this list.

Local Sawmills and/or Sawyers

  • Chequest Millworks
    Peoria, AZ
    (505) 400-6062
    https://www.facebook.com/ChequestMillworks/
    DESCRIPTION: A local veteran owned sawmill specializing in Mesquite and Willow Acacia live edge slabs. They offer milling services as well as log recovery. They have regularly stock local species of wood and have a large selection of logs on site to mill. (See more in the comment below.)
  • Ironwood Mills
    8342 N 7th St
    Phoenix, AZ 85020
    (602) 300-5661
    http://www.ironwoodmills.com/
    DESCRIPTION: Local sawyer with a very large portal mill. Focuses mostly on “Urban Milling” producing varying sizes of slabs and dimensional lumber.
  • Northwest Woodworks AZ
    5411 W. Orange Dr. Ste 17
    Glendale, AZ 85301
    (602) 999-9557
    https://www.facebook.com/woodchef
    DESCRIPTION: They specialize in live edge and dimensional hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest. Maple, spalted alder, alder, chinkapin, white oak, madrone walnut , Bastone walnut, English walnut, Claro Black walnut, cherry, yew, tiger wood, canary wood, ash, sycamore, myrtle. Their inventory changes and they are looking to expand as their business grows. Also have a selection of burls, turning blocks, pen blanks, white oak beams. Lots of interesting and figured pieces.
  • Wine Glass Bar Sawmill
    4048 E Air Lane
    Phoenix, Arizona 85034
    http://wineglassbarsawmill.com/
    DESCRIPTION: A couple old guys down by the airport. Most of their material is reclaimed or “urban milled” and left in slab form. They have added a kiln to their arsenal and also bring in walnut from out of state.

Commercial locations with warehouses or store fronts

  • American Hardwoods
    1401 E Hadley St
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    (602) 271-4608
    DESCRIPTION: ?
  • Heldt Lumber
    5712 N 7th St,
    Phoenix, AZ 85014
    (602) 277-3378
    DESCRIPTION: danoaz: Mostly construction grade material with lots of plywood. Outside yard with covered wood storage. They will deliver for larger projects.
  • Peterman Lumber
    4110 W. Washington St. Ste 200
    Phoenix, AZ 85009
    http://petermanlumber.com
    DESCRIPTION: They have a decent selection of hardwoods, sheet goods and slabs. They also have some of the better retail prices I’ve seen around town. As long as you don’t go at the end of the day, they are generally happy to help pick through their selection to find what you need. Some say their selection of hardwoods has started getting smaller and they may be favoring more melamine products.
  • Phoenix Hardwoods
    17455 N. Black Canyon Hwy.
    Phoenix, AZ 85023
    www.azhardwood.com
    DESCRIPTION: Captain Klutz: Quality is average, and they some unusual figure boards as well. Only drawback is they are not fond of people picking through a whole pile to find those 3-4 special boards.
  • Rockler
    4626 E Thunderbird Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 996-3488
    http://rocker.com
    DESCRIPTION: Kaptain Klutz: Decent selection of special project boards. Prices are reasonable when they have a special sale, or if you only need 1 board; otherwise pricey for large quantities.
  • Spellman Hardwoods
    4645 N 43rd Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85031
    http://www.spellmanhardwoods.com/
    DESCRIPTION: Captain Klutz: Carries a large selection of domestic and imported lumber. They have one of the best selections of veneered plywood in the city. Have only used them a few times, and they seem to dislike dealing with non-commercial woodworkers. The “cash” prices have always been higher than anyone else I quoted. Unless you need a couple hundred bdft of lumber or a dozen sheets of plywood, you are not going to like the prices.
  • Superior Hardwoods
    616 S. 55th Ave, STE 101
    Phoenix, AZ 85043
    www.superiorhardwoods.com
    DESCRIPTION: Captain Klutz: Superior Hardwoods focuses on domestic hardwood and veneers for the local cabinet businesses. They were more pleasant to deal with than Spellman, but don’t carry as many species/grades of plywood. Prices are competitive locally, but not inexpensive. Unless you need a couple hundred bdft of lumber or a dozen sheets of plywood, you are not going to like the prices.
  • Timber Woodworking Machinery
    935 E. Southern Ave
    Mesa, AZ 85204
    (480) 926-2131
    http://www.timberww.com/hardwoods.aspx
    DESCRIPTION: Varying quality and selection of materials. They are very friendly and will let you sift through their entire collection for hours. They have two buildings, one that offer all hardwood/woodsheds and another building next door that offers news/used machinery. Their prices are generally a decent amount higher than the wholesalers around town but for a quick project, they are a good supply. They offer planing/drum sanding on large materials for for a very reasonable price. They are only open on Saturdays during winter months.
  • Woodworkers Source
    http://www.woodworkerssource.com/
    645 W Elliot Rd
    Tempe, AZ 85284
    (480) 355-5090
    &
    18115 N Black Canyon Hwy
    Phoenix, AZ 85023
    (602) 504-1931
    DESCRIPTION: Decent verity of specifies but not always a high supply of exotics. Higher everyday prices but decent monthly sales.

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  • Lumber Products
    6920 W Allison Rd
    Chandler, AZ 85226

Updated: 8/17/15 – added Heldt Lumber
Updated: 5/11/16 – Added Pterman Lumber Per Steve & Wine Glass Bar Sawmill
Updated: 11/11/16 – Logs of changes: New layout, added better description area, re-ordered in alphabetical order, removed a duplicate, added a Mill/Sawyer and Closed section.
_Update: 12/2/16 – Fixed Wineglass Bar Sawmill’s URL. (Removed “www.”)

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 01:57 PM

Wow, I have one, 1!, hardwood supplier in my city.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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CaptainKlutz

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#2 posted 04-24-2014 04:20 PM

Hello Ty:
See you posted this over a month ago, hope this information still helps.

First, not sure your research is quite up to date on a few places:

- Lumber Products in Chandler has not open for business when I stopped by last December, the website now forwards to Rugby Architectural Building Products on the far west side of Phoenix. Have never worked with Rugby.

- Chandler Hardwoods closed maybe 5 years ago. John Powers bought the assets and moved it and his nearby cabinet shop “Powers Wood Source” to a location on Arizona Ave. Powers has had classified ads last fall for 50% off lumber. When I picked up some wood a few months ago, he shared the discount was due to losing his lease and that he had to move by summer Their website used to be powerswoodsource.com. Powers is really a custom wood shop that sells hardwood lumber on the side IMHO. Almost all of his lumber is rough sawn. Have to be careful about quality as some of it has been stored for years under partial coverage awnings. The stuff I got was covered in AZ dust storm dirt, and had a slightly higher than normal waste due excess end checking from extended storage. Despite losses, and some extra prep time, I still got a great deal. Powers will clean up the rough stuff with surface plane and straight line tools, but it costs more.

- Arizona hardwoods was temporarily closed last year. Heard in November they were going to re-open in 2014, but I haven’t been by there to check the recent status. Maybe someone else has more recent news.

Comments on the rest:

Trio Forest Products only sells paint grade softwood for carpentry and home building. But if you need custom milled trim molding they can do it.

Spellman carries a large selection of domestic and imported lumber. They have one of the best selections of veneered plywood in the city. Have only used them a few times, and they seem to dislike dealing with non-commercial woodworkers. I always get treated like second class citizen when I go there, even if I am buying $1500 in high end veneer plywood. The “cash” prices have always been higher than anyone else I quoted.

Superior Hardwoods focuses on domestic hardwood and veneers for the local cabinet businesses. They were more pleasant to deal with than Spellman, but don’t carry as many species/grades of plywood. Prices are competitive locally, but not inexpensive.

Both Spellman and Superior use volume based pricing. Unless you need a couple hundred bdft of lumber or a dozen sheets of plywood, you are not going to like the prices.

If I need less than 150 bdft, I will use Timber Woodworking, Phoenix Hardwoods (or folks you missed below). Timber lets folks hand select and as the pile gets pick over, the quality can suffer unless you arrive when they get new units in stock. Timber tries to keep a wide variety of species, but it varies a lot month to month. Most of their lumber is s2s, so there is no surprises on what you are taking home. Being cheap, I also like that their pricing is near the lowest in town. Phoenix hardwoods is ok. Quality is average, and they some unusual figure boards as well. Only drawback is they are not fond of people picking through a whole pile to find those 3-4 special boards.

You missed a couple of sources from the list:
Woodworkers Source – 2 locations; Chandler and north Phoenix. Huge variety of species, higher everyday prices, decent monthly sale prices, and everyday prices are lower than Spellman retail prices.

Woodcraft – Located in Chandler. Small selection of interesting project wood. Great if you need one board for a project.

Rockler – Located north near Scottsdale. Decent selection of special project boards. Prices are reasonable when they have a special sale, or if you only need 1 board; otherwise pricey for large quantities.

-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Ty Moser

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 05:17 AM

Thanks CaptainKlutz! Sounds like you’ve been around the valley quite a bit. I kicked myself for leaving woodcraft, woodworkers source and rockler out of the mix, especially since those are among the few that I have been to. (I’ve updated the list)

Thanks for the updates and comments on the other places too. I found them on other forms and Google maps and haven’t had a chance to get out to visit them yet. I’m glad you had updates on the ones that are closed so I didn’t waste an hour driving around.

Oh, and welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Check out my projects at https://www.monolocoworkshop.com or at https://www.youtube.com/user/trmoser/videos

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 05:51 AM

Hey guys, just wanted to take some time to add some info to this post as I appreciate the effort in collating the info and especially the insight from Captain. I just picked up 7 sheets of Baltic Birch ply from Phoenix Hardwoods. They were a bit cheaper than Woodworkers Source (who’s just up the road from them). Being really new to woodworking I always feel like an outsider when I’ve visited both of these places. Nothing really that bad, but I don’t feel very welcome either. Perhaps it’s just my uneasiness with something that I don’t completely understand, but with everybody else in woodworking being so very respectful, courteous, patient, and eager to share their knowledge, I’ve never understood why so many lumber yards give people that feeling. I have to rent a trailer and from Uhaul and borrow a truck just to pick this ply up so it’s not an easy trip for me.

Anyway, just for some pricing info as of 4/14/2014:

18mm Baltic Birch 5×5 sheets are $49.75
12mm Baltic Birch 5×5 sheets are $29.75

Again, thanks for posting this info and especially sharing some insight as to who I should look to be spending my money and time with in the future when I need new lumber.

Oh, and I haven’t been there or called yet, but there’s a place out here on the South West side called Gilbert’s that advertises on Craigslist for melamine sheets at $25 a 4×8 sheet. Here’s a link if you’re curious. I may go check them out soon. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/mad/4423008673.html

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Ty Moser

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 07:05 PM

Hey Wickate, I kind of feel the same way when going to some of the specialty lumber yards. I’m not picking up lumber all the time since my wood working is pretty much limited to weekends, most of my projects take a while to complete. I think some are better than others and some are just intimidating, especially for the newbie.

Thanks for the update on prices, if you end up going to Gilbert’s for some melamine, let us know if they have store front, phone, website etc.. That’s a dang good price for melamine.

-- Check out my projects at https://www.monolocoworkshop.com or at https://www.youtube.com/user/trmoser/videos

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#6 posted 08-17-2015 05:57 PM

Heldt Lumber
5712 N 7th St,
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 277-3378

These guys are mostly geared toward the construction industry and so they have a lot of 2x material and just about any kind of plywood you can think of except for the nice veneered stuff. Their lumber yard is outside with open but covered areas. I went to them when I needed 2×12 Western Cedar that they had to order. It normally came in the next day or two days later depending on what time of day I made the order. I have ordered Rough Sawn 2×14 and other sizes. Even though I have a truck, they deliver too which was reasonable and nice with some big purchases. They also have a real hardware store that isn’t big like the orange box stores or like an Ace Hardware, but if you need screws, nails, hardware type stuff they have it. They have been in the valley ever since dirt was invented. Thanks Ty.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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Ty Moser

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#7 posted 08-17-2015 09:41 PM

Thanks for the update Danoaz, They have been added to the list.

-- Check out my projects at https://www.monolocoworkshop.com or at https://www.youtube.com/user/trmoser/videos

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#8 posted 05-08-2016 01:13 AM

http://petermanlumber.com/

They’re at 4110 W. Washington St. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85009

They have a pretty good selection of hardwoods, slabs, plywood (although I’ve only bought their baltic birch) and various glues and blades and router cutters. Recently they expanded their range of melamine.

The customer service is good and some of the guys (one of them is a bit grumpy) are happy to help you choose and pick through to find boards you want, they’re happy to serve smaller orders and they’re prices seem good.

I usually just go to them and pick up what I want. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am to 4pm, so I can get up early and grab stuff, but I wish the opened on Saturday.

-Steve

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Ty Moser

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#9 posted 05-11-2016 08:21 PM



http://petermanlumber.com/

They re at 4110 W. Washington St. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85009

- SvenPHX

Thanks for the update Steve. I’ll have to check them out with my next large project.

I’ve updated the original post to include them and I also added the Wine Glass Bar Sawmill since they have a different type of selection of hardwoods.

-- Check out my projects at https://www.monolocoworkshop.com or at https://www.youtube.com/user/trmoser/videos

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#10 posted 05-11-2016 09:50 PM

Peterman Lumber is my source here in Las Vegas. Good people and fair prices for Las Vegas. You should check Saturday hours, as the Las Vegas branch is open on Saturdays from 7am til 12pm.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#11 posted 05-24-2016 02:50 PM

If you want to try something different, check out Idaho Forest Products:

http://southwestideas.com/
Idaho Forest Products
13403 W Foxfire Dr
Surprise, AZ. 85378
Phone: (623) 842-0650
(888) SW STYLE
(888)797-8953

They have peeled poles, saguaro cactus skeletons, rustic hardware and carvings. I used their poles to build a lodge pole bed, nightstand, footstool & dresser.

I lived in AZ from 1998 – 2004.

woodtoolguy

(The images are of my work, from their website. I gave them the pics at their request.)

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#12 posted 11-11-2016 02:29 AM

I have tried Woodworkers, Petermans, Spellman (Flagstaff too), and Timber. Timber suits me best. They have a great selection of hardwoods along with softwoods, and sheetgoods. They also have small milled pieces individually priced, slabs, and much more. The prices are reasonable and usually lower than other other stores’ sale prices or special deals.

The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help. Today the 4/4 hard maple bin was low and they were fine with grabbing another stack and when it wouldn’t fit into the available space set it on the floor to let me go through it. That was extra work, and there was no hint that they minded a bit. Some of the other places mentioned are not as friendly or seem as eager to help.

As a bonus, after selecting my lumber, I can go to their other building to check out used and new tools and pick up woodworking supplies.

Timber is a great place; check it out.

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#13 posted 11-11-2016 07:51 PM

I have used Petermans for years, but, in my recent experience, the quality of lumber at Petermans has gone down.

They seem to be reducing their lumber stock in favor of more sheet goods and Melamine type products. Probably better margin and volume for them. Their lumber and baltic birch prices are still in the ballpark and they will still let customers root through their piles. I recently bought some 4/4 butternut and some cherry, the butternut had been sitting around there a long time (which isn’t a bad thing) and quality of both was bad enough that I wrangled a nice discount.

I have never tried Timber (it’s on the other side of town to me), but I’ll roll over there and give it a looking at.

-Steve

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#14 posted 11-11-2016 08:32 PM

Hey Ty – You have Wine Glass Bar in your list twice.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#15 posted 11-11-2016 08:54 PM

Hope it you find it is worth your trip, Steve. All of the mentioned places are between 85 to 100 miles from my house I have to make each trip count.

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