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Forum topic by LocalMac posted 02-11-2009 06:33 AM 1401 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2009 06:33 AM

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Up here in the tundra of ND it gets hard to find specialty items. Needless to say, my local options for hardwood aren’t very good. Where do you guys buy yours? Is there a good place online I could use that won’t break the bank in shipping costs? This has been a really frustrating problem. I appreciate any help or ideas.

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 02:25 PM

Internet purchases are ok, and occasionally you can get decent deals on lumber, but shipping usually adds a significant cost to the total. Your best bet would be to find a sawyier or sawmill locally who can supply hardwood lumber. You may want to contact your Division of Forestry to see it they maintain a list of sawmills. Another option would be to contact Woodmizer. They will help you locate individual sawyiers in your area who own a portable sawmill.

Other resources to try are:

Treebones maintains a state specific database for locating local sawmills

Woodfinder.com is another resource that may help.

Craigslist.com will occasionally have lumber come up in the material section.

Barlow also mills and sells lumber. Here is the blog that he posted. If interested you may want to contact him to get current inventory and costs.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 02:53 PM

Mac, if your ever in Bismarck, there is a place called Roughrider Hardwoods, they have been around for quite awhile and do stock alot of stuff, including hand tools. Give them a call, maybe they will send you out a catalog.

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 09:40 PM

Thanks for the help. It was very useful.

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 09:30 AM

i know its still a drive from GF but thier is valley hardwoods in Dilworth, MN it just out side of fargo on 10 ive never stoped thier my self but i have drivin past it many times i personally live 45 min north of the twin cites so when i have to make the trex for lumber i try and get enouph for a few projects

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 10:33 PM

I visit family in Fargo once in a while so I’ll check out Dilworth. Thanks for tip. I was really hoping to find some place close enough to drive. Yay!

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 05:36 AM

As crazy as this sounds, I have bought decent lumber at extremely good prices on e bay. The trick there is to find a seller and get to know them. Once you’ve found a trustworthy supplier, your in like flint. I’ve gotten lumber at times for 1/4 the cost would be at my local hardwood suppliers. and that INCLUDES shipping. Just take your time and be careful, and know your prices, so you don’t get snowed.

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