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10-16-2014 01:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood purchase find

Anyone have any tips on how to get my greedy hands on some decent wood for a reasonable price? I’m cranking out projects like crazy and just can’t afford to be buying these expensive blanks :/. I have easy access to some mediocre oak and cedar, but I just loooove how some of the higher-end woods look. It just seems like they cut so much smoother too (maybe that’s my imagination though??)

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 01:13 AM

I buy on craigslist whenever possible. Generally get wood rough cut for about 1/2 retail price from the lumber yard.

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 01:18 AM

Try one of these. I bet some land owner will let you have them for free. Also, know of a lady who made chairs (wood for free) by just asking loggers to get the bark of hickory from their harvest to make the seat. They sold for $300+. It was snack money for her as she was the programmer for NASA in your neck of the woods.


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#3 posted 10-16-2014 01:18 AM

+1 for craigslist

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 01:36 AM

Good grief, I’m on CL now and I see SO many different kinds of wood/lumber/whatever and it all seems to be treated wood like you would use to build a deck with or something. Is that okay? I guess I could maybe glue the pieces together or something?

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 01:52 AM

Are you looking for blanks or dimensional lumber?

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 01:53 AM

I usually search for “Walnut lumber” or “cherry lumber” or something along those lines. It’s regionally dependent though. What you’re talking about I wouldn’t use though.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 01:55 AM

Depending on your definition of “higher-end” your best bet is to find a high volume hardwood dealer. Sometimes online retailers will run specials on something they want to get rid of. Beyond that, whatever grows around you will be the best deal, so probably no purple heart, Honduran mahogany or wenge.

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#9 posted 10-16-2014 02:52 AM

If you live in Austin, you should be able to get with tree trimmers for wood. Try the City “streets department”. You’re in wood heaven, Evan. . You should be able to build up a stash real quick by calling those people I mentioned. Pray for a hurricane.. You’ll get a lot of wood…..... hehehe…............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 02:57 AM

Try to find a large production shop. Allot of times they will have piles of cut offs and rips that just pile up on them. I purchase allot of leg stock for my tables from my local planning mill paying only about 1/4 retail prices.

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#11 posted 10-21-2014 07:06 PM

Check with your local firewood cutters, they know where the wood is and are often glad to be of service.

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#12 posted 10-21-2014 09:11 PM

If you need stuff to glue up, or just wanna look, I would be happy to sell you shorts out of my cabinet shop. I have walnut, mah, ash, oak etc… general cabinetry wood. PM me if interested.

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#13 posted 10-22-2014 06:28 PM

Like Jerry in Tucson alluded to, big storms knock down a lot of mature trees sometimes. I’ve been scouring curbs for the last couple weeks after a big storm here (DFW area) and come up with some pecan, maple, oak, and a few others. I posted the pics on Facebook, and now people are contacting me letting me know where there’s good opportunities.

Now, I have access to chainsaws and planers, so I can get it to usable lumber on my own. But you could have it milled for a reasonable cost.

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#14 posted 10-22-2014 07:47 PM

Not sure if this is the same everywhere, but pretty much all of the bulk lumber on CL in my area is air dried or reclaimed. Do most of you CL lumber buyers work with air dried lumber, or do you actually find kiln dried on CL? Or do you buy air dried and make & use your own kiln?

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#15 posted 10-22-2014 07:49 PM

I suggest finding a sawyer who will sell green lumber to you. Air drying yourself saves lots of cash.

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