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Joshua Oehler

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07-13-2014 06:40 AM

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Just curious how many other LJ’ers are down in this parts or if they have anyone that they buy lumber from . If not, anyone want to start to look into this thought as a group?

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"


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huff

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 12:25 PM

Joshua,

Wish we were a little closer; I’m having the same problem finding other woodworkers and suppliers around the Fort Pierce, FL area.

I moved to Fort Pierce the first of the year and haven’t really found other woodworkers in the area.

Let’s hope all the woodworkers in Florida will speak up and let us know where they’re at. lol.

Good luck on your search and if I can help in any way, just drop me a line.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 01:55 PM

Josh, my uncle and I buy wood from either Hood (out of Orlando) or Whittesley (out of Ft. Lauderdale). Both deliver for free but require a minimum order of something like $300. They usually make a trip a couple times a week, so you have to plan ahead a little bit. My preference is for Whittesley because in my experience they have better product but they are both good suppliers with a nice range of species and reasonable prices.

http://www.whittelseywood.com/

http://www.hooddistribution.com/locations/orlando.php

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 06:08 PM

Im in the Melbourne/Brevard county area and have just gotten into woodworking. I will agree there is a lack of available materials and hardware in Florida.

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huff

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 08:54 PM

mriccucci,

Thanks for chimming in and welcome to LJ’s.

Let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

JayG46,

Thanks for the links. Have you every been to Whittelsey’s warehouse?

Joshua,

Can’t believe we don’t have more LJ’s here in Florida.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 02:31 AM

I’m also in Melbourne. Search for building material center in Melbourne. Also if you’re up for a drive, there is a place in Geneva, Fl called the ole general store. Finally, Jim at brevard hardwoods can get just about anything you want.

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 03:07 AM

Yeah I’m surprised there are not more around. Especially where I am at in Naples. I know Jay is in Naples as well but just because of the shear amount of money in Naples I would think there would be alot of us around. Of course I do not do this for a living anymore so maybe there is more competition out there that I am just not aware of. There are alot of “Custom Cabinet” shops around here but nothing that I have really seen for true custom woodworking. I have to tease the “Custom Cabinet” shops around here just because I was a cabinet installer for many years in Naples and most of the custom places around here just your everyday cabinet shops that just order your normal cabinets from all the big name brands. Even when they do entertainment centers and things of that sort it is usually goes something like…Someone drew it up in CAD, ordered some combination of fillers, cabinets and panels, they give the drawing to an installer and say “here..make this work because it worked on paper”

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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jbt308

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#7 posted 07-23-2014 03:30 AM

Ft. Pierce, I’m in PSL. It is tough to find good lumber dealers down here, though I have purchased from Shell down in Miami.

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#8 posted 07-23-2014 12:33 PM

OK; I’ve done a little searching and here is a list of some of the hardwood suppliers I’ve found here in Florida.

Since I just moved to the area, I have not had a chance to check any of them out. I was wondering if anyone else has and if so, could you tell us a little bit about your experience with them.

For myself, now that I’m retired and doing it strictly as a hobby and not as a business anymore, I would really like to find suppliers that don’t mind dealing with a hobbyist. I have found over the years that a lot of the “big” suppliers really don’t like to waste their time catering to the little shops.

I’m really hoping this will spark some interest in other woodworkers here in Florida and will contribute to the list of suppliers. Let us know if you are buying as a business or hobbyiest, what kind of supplies you were purchasing ( hardwoods, plywood, slides, hardware, etc) and did you personally go to their place of business or just ordered and have delivered…............and most importantly, how did they treat you.


Hardwood Lumber & Millwork Lakeland, FL

http://www.hardwoodlumberandmillwork.com/index.html

Craftsmen Supply Tampa, FL
http://www.craftsmensupply.com

Viable Lumber Tampa, FL
http://viablelumber.com

Whittelsey Wood Products Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
http://whittelseywood.com

Hood Distributors
http://hooddistribution.com

Wurth Wood Group Tampa, Fl
http://wurthwoodgroup.com

Intercity Lumber & Hardware Tampa, FL
http://www.intercitylumber.com/Home_Page.html

Ole General Store Geneva, Fl
http://olegeneralstore.com

Building Material Center of Melbourne Melbourne, Fl
http://www.buildingmaterialcenter.com

Woodcraft of Tampa, FL
http://www.woodcraft.com/stores/store.aspx?id=512

Vero Cabinet Supply Vero Beach, FL
754 Fl 605
Vero Beach, FL 32962-1633
Phone: (772) 770-9955

Mako Millwork, Inc. Melbourne, FL
4332 Fortune Place
West Melbourne, FL 32904-1529
Phone: (321) 725-2121
Millwork manufacturer.

Constantine’s Wood Center FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
http://www.constantines.com

Amazon Exotic Hardwoods North of Orlando, FL
http://www.amazonexotichardwoods.com

Chipmunk Hardwoods Edgewater, FL
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chipmunk-Hardwoods/154311927938733

Palm Beach Woodwork Company Palm Beach, FL
http://palmbeachwoodwork.com

Here are a few clubs I found listed; does anyone know of any more?

Just wondering if anyone is a member of any of the clubs and could tell us a little about them. Thanks!

Woodcrafters Club of Tampa
http://tampawoodcrafters.org/index.html

South Florida Woodworking Guild Oakland Park, FL
http://www.sfwg.org/sfwg1/SFWG.html

St. Petersburg Wood Crafters Guild St. Petersburg, FL
http://stpetewoodguild.com

Central Florida Woodworkers Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
http://www.cfwg.org

Florida West Coast Woodturner’s Largo, FL
http://www.fwcwt.org

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 02:43 PM

Thats a great list Huff. Unfortunately all of those places are still a couple hours drive from me. I have been told there is a place in Alva, FL just called Alva Hardwoods. I have also heard that he is way out of touch with pricing and he knows he is the only place within a couple hours for anyone to get nice hardwoods & exotics. Every time someone mentions it to me it is usually followed by “but I wouldn’t buy from him unless I was in a real bind” Also in Naples there is a place Architectural Wood Products. They sell mostly cabinet supplies but they do carry the standard Maple. Cherry, Walnut, Oak in hardwoods & plywoods. they do have other stuff but it is hit or miss. Nothing exotic though. There is a place in Ft. Myers called CTS (Cabinet & Top Supply) that is the same way.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#10 posted 10-24-2017 04:11 PM

I know its been a while for this post – I just joined – live in Boca – there’s an importer of exotics and non hardwoods around 595 in Broward that I found on FB Marketplace for wood, that being said, I’m still scrounging vs paying retail for now. This is a tough place to live with wooodworking as a hobby – I miss NC-VT corridor where you didn’t have to look hard for supplies.

-- Outside of a dog, a good book is man's best friend... Inside of a dog, its too dark to read.... Groucho

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#11 posted 10-25-2017 04:01 PM

I realize this post is pretty old, but it interests me.

I would like to offer another view of the subject. Its not just about availability, its about the product. If you’re a cabinet maker no problem, but if you’re looking for furniture grade or nice figured lumber, it can be pretty disappointing and the prices can be steep.

The hardwood suppliers around me cater to millwork and cabinet shops, not furniture makers. Its all kiln dried S3S lumber which I DESPISE dealing with.

For furniture projects I only buy rough sawn, air dried wood direct from the sawmill & I usually get it for roughly 1/2 the price. Even better, I can usually buy project lumber from the same tree.

I drive 8 hours to NC to get it. :-D

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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HerbC

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#12 posted 10-25-2017 06:20 PM


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I drive 8 hours to NC to get it. :-D

- rwe2156

Save some gas and deal with a fellow LJ (wdhlt15) who’s up in Perry, Georgia at Hemsley Hardwood

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#13 posted 10-27-2017 06:08 PM

I have used both Craftsman supply and Intercity Lumber. Both are very good to deal with. Another alternative is mail (internet) order from Wall Lumber. However there is a gap in their offerings: You either get 20 bf or 100 bf. Prices are excellent.

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