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02-13-2015 06:00 AM

I can get all the mesquite and oak that I need, but I am wanting to start working with a few different woods. I want to try quite a few differet species, including exotics.

Do you guys buy your stuff online, or at a local store?

Only thing around here is Home Depot, although Dallas is an hour away and I’m sure there is a place there.

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 06:09 AM

I’ve got a hardwood dealer that’s about 5 min from my work, so I just stop there on the way out. I also buy rough lumber off of craigslist whenever possible.

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 06:26 AM

I’d KILL for your mesquite problem. That’s right – take a life, make a nice table, go the gas chamber. (Probably better think that through a little more.)

Would be a drive for you but in DFW:

Mike at McKinney Hardwood always has quality.

Wood World in Richardson usually has a decent variety you can sift through. Sometimes it takes a while to replenish the inventory, prices aren’t awesome but not bad.

Brazos Forest Products in Grand Prairie has tons of non-exotic lumber, not sure about the exotic side, but the I’ve never felt welcome there and the showroom is small and the supply is even smaller. Sometimes you can look through 2 or 3…...boards. Honestly, I don’t know why they even put them in the rack. Warehouse side is off-limits, at least for me. Think these people deal with large jobs. I’ve heard others love this place, so who knows.

Not to hijack your thread, Tex, but I’m wondering if anyone has dealt with Woods of Mission Timber outside of Denton? That would be even a longer drive for you but just throwing it out there to consider.

I know there are other places in DFW just haven’t been to them. Check out CL, there are a few sawyers that post ads on there in E. Texas. You just don’t see that up where I am. I would like to get down there but it’s kind of a haul for me.

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 10:29 AM

I usually buy rough sawn from a local wholesaler. Sometimes I buy from local sawyers. I have on rare occasions bought a few boards from Woodcraft.

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 12:03 PM

Where do you get your mesquite from?

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 12:14 PM

I use Cline Lumber in North Georgia for a lot of my domestics, and I keep my eyes peeled for “bargain loads” that pop up at usually the most inopportune time. Scored 125 bd. ft. of sapale from an organ company that overbought. Kiln dried, most of it finished 4 sides, all of it either 4/4 or 8/4. Got it for $3.00. That is $2.40 a bd. ft.

Then I was doing guitar work about a year ago for a guy one town over who said he had a lot of walnut cut down about 16 years before, ricked on his property. 120 bd. ft. of some of the most beautiful stuff for $100, and he dropped it off in his truck.

Then there was the offering for very old, (actually Civil War stuff), beams from a blacksmith shop that had been taken down, south of the Battlefield here just south of Chattanooga. Pricing was a little high so I took one beam, about 5 feet long for $30 to try it out. Just regular oak. So full of bugs I actually burned it…

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and you usually look to buy what is available at the best price.

I do have to use Chattanooga Hardwoods for my exotics, as Woodcraft is just outrageous in price. I did, however, buy a piece of birdseye from them and a short piece of flatsawn zebrawood from Woodcraft for two guitars I am building. I flinched at the pricing. Ouch!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 01:04 PM

Thanks for the tips, ya’ll.

Mojo, I get my mesquite from my backyard, LOL.

I have been using mesquite trees that have been dead for quite a while so I don’t have to let them dry after I cut it.

My dad’s place has plenty of dead and living oak. Has some hickory, too, that I’m gonna get some of pretty soon.

I am going to start sawing some green stuff pretty soon and setting it aside to dry. I know a guy with a sawmill that will cut anything I give him for half the wood, he even picks it up and delivers the finished product.

My dad has a sawmill on his place about 2 hours from here, but it is a hassle to get logs loaded up, cut, and brought back.

I have been talking to a friend of mine here in town about building a small manual sawmill.

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 01:19 PM

I’m in DFW and I go to the same places as Colonel Travis. Pretty good wood at Brazos, but it isn’t particularly cheap. Cheaper than rockler and woodcraft though.

I have been looking around craigslist and I am thinking about buying wood off of some east tx guys. There are a lot of private sawmills if you are willing to drive over to Tyler or so. Not a ton right around here though. My disappointment with the big guys like brazos is that everything is so impersonal and they sell wood very much like a commodity. They are a business, I understand, but it is very hard to get interesting wood out of there. They have gazillions of bdft of flat sawn you-name-it, but it isn’t easy to come by things like spalted wood, crotches, q-sawn (other than oak). They are for the cabinet making business, which I am not in.

Good luck

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 01:36 PM

Can’t find any near me. I’m by Monticello, Illinois. Could use the help.

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 03:59 PM

I am in kansas – and I use 2 dealers, one in Kansas City, one in Wichita.
Also there are some local mills that get some neat species.

Kansas City – metro Hardwoods. They are the ‘hobby’ arm of Liberty Hardwoods.

in Wichita, Intermountain Wood Products.
They have been there about a year now. Great prices, mainly sheet goods, and domestic hardwoods

Metro hardwoods has a wide selection of exotic woods

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 04:35 PM

If you ever come down South you could try M&G sawmill in Huntsville. I usually buy from Houston Hardwoods but I’ve bought some Oak & Walnut from M&G a couple before. I believe they have a website if you want to take a look.

-- Stew

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 04:43 PM

Not sure how helpful this is for you, but in addition to a handful of lumberyards in Minneapolis there are a handful of guys who sell lumber off Craigslist, at least one delivers to the Twin Cities and Western WI. Have you checked the Dallas Craigslist?

Edit: well damn, perhaps I should have actually read the rest of the thread before chiming in. Looks like Oyster covered this ground.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#12 posted 02-13-2015 04:53 PM

I work mostly with what grows locally and get my wood rough and dried from a couple different sawyers not too far away. I work very little with exotics as they’re typically priced higher than what I’m willing to pay.

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#13 posted 02-13-2015 05:10 PM

There are a couple of good places down here in Austin that I go to. Fine lumber is not too far from me and has a pretty good selection at pretty good prices. I did get spoiled living up in NY, though, as the prices for everything there were lower than here. I would like to try Steve Wall’s 20 bd ft bundles at some point, as those sound like a good deal.

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#14 posted 02-13-2015 10:27 PM

There are a couple of good places down here in Austin that I go to. Fine lumber is not too far from me and has a pretty good selection at pretty good prices. I did get spoiled living up in NY, though, as the prices for everything there were lower than here. I would like to try Steve Wall s 20 bd ft bundles at some point, as those sound like a good deal.

- Ripthorn

I actually went there this morning. I’m not so sure about prices since I’ve been working with pine from HD and some random guy that didn’t work there helped me figure out a price for a small piece of walnut. Very kind of him. Then when I went to pay for it. The guy up front was super nice and seeing as me having no idea what the hell I was doing there. Offered to help me out if I wanted to pick up something different and even told me that they could cut me any length board I wanted. A foot or two. As long as they ended up with a board no shorter then 8ft, they would cut me any size.

Real friendly.

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#15 posted 02-13-2015 10:59 PM

Mostly Menards

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