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05-11-2009 09:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: atlanta lumber supply

Hello all!

I’ve been tinkering around in my slowly-growing shop and am just about to the point where I’m ready to start turning better-quality wood into kindling. I’m still a bit new to this, and my Google-fu is failing me, so I was wondering if anybody out there in the Atlanta area might have a good place or three to recommend as a supply store, as I have had no luck in finding a place on my own.

Ideally to the south or east of town, but anywhere within reason is definitely a step in the right direction.


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#1 posted 05-11-2009 10:35 PM

I’m a bit unclear as to whether you are looking for lumber or tools/supplies, so I’ll take a crack at both.

There is a Rockler in Atlanta, and a place called highland woodworking in little five points (watch some Norm TV on local PBS and you’ll see their ads.)

Googling the phrase “atlanta wood working” got me a number of places nearby that I hadn’t even heard of.

For lumber I go to Suwanee Lumber Company. There may be better places around, but that is where I go. The do have matched stock ply/solids. That may be common or unusual, my experience in this area is limited.

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 10:40 PM

not from the Atlanta area but this site might help you out…..

wish I could help more

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 11:25 PM

Atlanta Hardwood off 285 West side.
I shopped there when I was in Atl. Guess that they are still there.


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#4 posted 05-12-2009 01:14 AM

Stay away from Atlanta Hardwoods. The are too expensive and not very friendly. Try Peach State Lumber in Kennesaw. Their prices and inventory are very good, plus they bend over backwards to serve you. If they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it.

Suppliers are:
Highland Hardware
Peachtree Woodworking
AW Supply

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 01:24 AM

Yeah, I was looking for lumber supply stores… sorry if I wasn’t clear enough in the first post. Thanks for the tips, though! I’ll start looking into these now!

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 01:43 AM

Two other sources you can try are Ebay and Craigslist. With these sites you have to be patient but occasionally some good deals on lumber, from single boards to pallet loads, come up for sale.

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#7 posted 05-12-2009 01:44 AM

For tools go try Highland Hardware. They carry some really good stuff. A shop for the true craftsman.

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#8 posted 05-12-2009 04:00 PM

The folks at Peach State Lumber are nice.

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#9 posted 07-20-2009 07:02 PM

Thanks everyone who offered suggestions. I wound up making the trek up to Peach State Lumber on Saturday and walked away quite the happy customer. As my first real lumber purchase, everything went fairly painless, due in part to the very helpful folks there, as well as the volumes of information I’ve been trying to devote to memory so I wouldn’t be completely confused when I arrived.

They’ve got quite the inventory… the inventory list online is missing some of the thickness and species they actually have listed on their price sheet. (20/4 walnut, for one…) They have a small stock of pre-rough-surfaced boards, but will gladly grab pallets of odd-sized raw stock and let you pick and choose the board you want. They also have onsite surfacing available to plane both faces and true up an edge for fairly cheap. The 60-some odd board feet I purchased cost about 8 bucks to surface… well worth the cost, to me at least.

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#10 posted 07-23-2009 03:55 PM

If you might be interested in some small local sawmills near Atlanta I put this together a few months ago. Haven’t made a trip to any of them though. If you go, please give us a report back here on Lumberjocks.

1. Bobtail Critter Sawmill – Custom sawing within 100 miles of Gainesville. I specialize in the salvage of (sub)urban trees removed due to disease, storm damage or construction. Contact Drew B. Leviton, 1202 Goodwin Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. Phone: 404-237-9184 or mobile number at 404-444-8294. You may also e-mail me at In North Georgia, try me at Seven Beauties Farm at 706-781-6616.

I use a Woodmizer LT40HDG24 portable bandsaw mounted on a trailer, and with the proper tow vehicle, it can be placed, set up, and operated almost anywhere that any sane person would attempt to do so. Backyards, driveways, farm pastures, factories and deep woods are all home to its relatively quiet “zinging”, as it cuts quickly through any species and size log up to 20 feet long that is loaded onto it with its self-contained electro-hydraulic loader and log manipulation system.

Inventories change constantly, so there is no way to say precisely how much of what logs or lumber I have at any given time. It’s best to shoot me an e-mail or give me a call to make an inquiry. I also have access to many species of kiln dried woods from the place in North Carolina where I have my drying done. Currently, I am expecting to get some outstanding local timber in silver maple, hackberry, sweetgum, black walnut, tupelo, hickory. I am also able to offer planing and molding services at this time. In other news, I have been doing a lot of quartersawing of red and white oak lately for customers, and recently I have come into several hundred board feet of ambrosia beetle infested ash leaved maple (until recently called boxelder) logs. This is an exquisitely colored wood due to the fungal action on the wood fibers.

Inventory: I either have or have access to air or kiln dried woods, rough, hit or miss planed, or S2S in the following species: beech, birch, ash, cherry, red and white oak, white and yellow pine, cypress, hickory, poplar, maple, and several more, including some exotic South American species used for decking due to their ability to resist rot and decay.

There are many ways to saw a log into useful material. The method to use depends on the intended purpose for the lumber. Here, I am preparing a very nice white oak log for quartersawing by squaring it up, dividing it into four pieces with two strategically placed cuts and then sawing each resulting quarter cant such that the annular growth rings are essentially perpendicular to the face of the board, which reveals the true beauty of the wood and all its inherent “figure”. This log yielded hundreds of board feet of clear 5/4 lumber with loads of ray and flake and is destined for cabinets and table tops.

Authentic Wood Products – Michael D. Steele, 401 Celie Ann Seabolt Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528. Phone: 706-348-6969, Fax: 706-219-2869. We are a custom wood service specializing in sawing, drying, milling, black walnut and other hardwoods and softwoods.

Chastain’s Sawmill – Joseph Chastain, 797 Meadow Brook Lane, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. Phone: 706-982-1396. I saw lumber of any kind and a lot of specialty items: beams, bridges, and mantles.

Moose Millworks – Ray Gregory, 546 Pleasant Gap Drive, Morganton, GA (near Blue Ridge in north GA), 30560. Phone: 706 374-6296. Custom Sawing Mantels Rustic Lumber Cedar Dead Stand White Pine Black Walnut.

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