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Forum topic by Daric posted 04-22-2014 09:49 PM 1221 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2014 09:49 PM

I’ve looked around but am finding only Woodworker’s Source and Woodcraft. Any others? Just looking at options and pricing. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 11:14 PM

i see some really nice places on cl look on material section and type in hardwoods

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 12:04 AM

Thanks! I really appreciate it! I hadn’t even thought of CL. Although, it looks like most are hardwood flooring folks (and in Phoenix). I’m looking for 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 pieces.

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 01:03 AM

Doesn’t answer your question, but I stopped by Woodworker’s Source when I was in Tucson on vacation a few years back. Marvelous store.
I bought a turning block out of the scrap pile for $2 and make my very favorite vase out of it. Extremely hard wood with very strong curl and wild black lines running through it. Can’t imagine what it is, but love it.

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 01:12 AM

Gene Howe may know He’s an LJ that lives in Snowflake but has a son in Tucson. He goes there quite often. Shoot him a PM and ask.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 01:16 AM

I saw a ad with really nice slabs and alot of it. seneca hardwoods i think it was

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 01:32 AM

I don’t know the place personally but I understand they might ask to see a business card or ask for your account number. Dress like a contractor, have a card to show them and pay cash. From what I’m told their prices are about half that of Woodworkers’ Source, but like I said I don’t know them… just passing the information along.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 03:16 PM

Wow! Thank you all for the great responses!

@Toller – I really like Woodworker’s Source as well. I attend their free classes once a month. Rick and Joe are great!

@Gary – Thanks! I’ll get a hold of Gene and see what I can find.

@Joseph – Thanks! I checking with them. The slabs did look really nice.

@Ted – Thanks for the info. I will definitely check them out. I’ll let the group know what I find.

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 04:32 PM

Daric the picture they had with them all stacked drying was very impressive

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#9 posted 04-24-2014 10:50 AM

Besides Hood distribution and Woodworkers already mentioned – You have two nearby mesquite sawmill sources.
Picture Rocks Mesquite to the north is on face book, and posts to CL roughly once a month. Picture rocks specializes in mesquite, but also has other SW native large slabs and figured lumber, this type is never cheap but they are (IMHO) reasonable considering the quality and sizes available.
Tumacacori Mesquite is located in Tubac, about 20 mile south of Tucson. They specialize in mesquite, and have a full service artisan woodworking shop. A bit pricey for my budget, but they have very hard to find wide/long mesquite planks if you need and can afford it. When I lived in Tucson, it was worth the drive to Tubac just to drool over the lumber stock pile.
You also need to become a regular CL watcher. Arizona seems to get a regular flow of “snowbird” woodworkers that bring too much wood south for winter projects, and decide sell it cheap so as to not take it back as they pack up or move out. Challenge is anything with a good price sells quickly. Got to be patient, and keep your eyes open!
Best of luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#10 posted 04-24-2014 01:20 PM

I was going to mention Hood, also. I like WW’s Source but Hood has better pricing and some pretty unique stuff, too. But, what you see today may not be there tomorrow.
There’s a guy on 4th avenue that has a huge hoard of mesquite lumber but I’v never been able to catch him to ask about it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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