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Forum topic by Ty Moser posted 03-13-2014 05:06 AM 9782 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ty Moser

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03-13-2014 05:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource wood hardwood supplier store tip

As I’ve been getting more and more into wood working over the past few years, I’ve decided the the general home store really isn’t the best place to get quality wood. Especially if you’re going for some hard wood. I’ve done a decent amount of research to find wood suppliers around the Phoenix AZ area. Many of these suppliers are wholesalers but will still sell to hobbyist. I haven’t been to many of these places so I’m looking for feedback on the best ones.

If you have any comments or experience with these or other suppliers, please let me know and I will update this list.

  • American Hardwoods South Phoenix
    1401 E Hadley St
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    (602) 271-4608
  • Arizona Hardwoods
    27th Ave & Thomas
  • Woodworkers Source 2 locations, higher prices but decent sales
    645 W Elliot Rd
    Tempe, AZ 85284
    (480) 355-5090
    18115 N Black Canyon Hwy
    Phoenix, AZ 85023
    (602) 504-1931
  • Rockler Small project selection
    4626 E Thunderbird Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 996-3488
  • Lumber Products CLOSED?
    6920 W Allison Rd
    Chandler, AZ 85226
  • Heldt Lumber Mostly construction grade material with lots of plywood. See danoaz’s update below
    5712 N 7th St,
    Phoenix, AZ 85014
    (602) 277-3378
  • Peterman Lumber Selection of hardwoods, slabs, plywood, glues, blades & router bits.
    4110 W. Washington St. Ste 200
    Phoenix, AZ 85009

Updated: 8/17/15 – added Heldt Lumber
Updated: 5/11/16 – Added Pterman Lumber Per Steve & Wine Glass Bar Sawmill per ME

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.


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

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.

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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:
Idaho Forest Products
13403 W Foxfire Dr
Surprise, AZ. 85378
Phone: (623) 842-0650
(888) SW STYLE

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.


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

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