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bhacksaw

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02-26-2015 04:51 AM

Does anyone know where to get big slabs in northern Virginia / DC region? I found a great mill in one of the vendors at the Baltimore Woodworking Show (Alderfer), but I’m not sure I want to drive 3.5 hours 1 way to Harrisburg PA to shop at their location. I’m looking for 8’x32”, so the selection at my nearby Woodcraft isn’t going to cut it.


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Abe

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 01:21 PM

Dunlap Woodcrafts. Wayne’s an alright guy, a bit abrupt in dealing with but he knows his stuff. If you’ve got an idea of what you want, call ahead and they’ll work with you, try to find a few billets of whatever to pull out so it’s ready for you to look at when you get there.

http://dunlapwoodcrafts.com/

A little further up the trail and kinda worth it (more Annapolis way, right before the 50 bridge) is Exotic Lumber. Small outfit, but pretty good material at a fair price.

http://www.exoticlumberinc.com/

Good luck. – A

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Puffball

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 01:55 PM

Chris out at CP Johnson lumber near Culpepper normally has some. He had a number of really nice walnut slabs the last time I was out there. His prices are good and its friendly place. So always a fun trip.

http://cpjohnsonlumber.com

And there is also an Exotic Lumber location up in Frederick. They usually have some as well.

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Rivercitykenb

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 02:44 PM

I am in Richmond myself and new to woodworking. Since your in northern VA you know of any good places to buy a jointer locally other then Woodcraft? Ive been all over CL and decent ones sell as fast as people put them up. I have literally messaged somone 15mins after an ad was up and they said “sold”... Looking for a 6”-8” with the longest bed I can get between $400-$600

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levan

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 03:15 PM

rivercity
Nothing for jointers right now, but you may want to watch goverment auction sites in your area. Its not uncommon for them to show up.

http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=1408&acctid=3954

best wishes Lynn

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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bhacksaw

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 03:49 PM

RCKenB, how dare you hijack my thread! you get -5 internets.

But, just keep hunting on CL. It took me about 3 months before I found a jointer I liked, could afford, and was available. I got an old 6” cast-iron table one for $150! My other suggestion if you’re looking for a new one would be amazon (definitely worth the Prime free shipping in this case). Good luck.

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tsdahc

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 04:32 PM

Bhasaw,
Theres local wood in Berryville, they always have some nice slabs, decent prices.
http://www.localwoodva.com/
Vienna hardwoods in Vienna
http://www.viennahardwood.com/
Eco Friendly Lumber in Catharpin, VA (about 15 min north Gainesville)
http://www.ecofriendlylumber.com/sawmill.html
Colonial Hardwoods near springfield has tons of slabs but they are a little pricey
http://www.colonialhardwoods.com/
Hope that helps some. I also cruise CL for lumber, sometimes I get lucky. Where are you located in NOVA?

Rivercitykenb, I posted a topic about a guy selling a Powermatic Jointer with helical head 8” outside of Baltimore, if you can swing the price its a great jointer, I have its little brother and love it. Might be able to talk him down to $1500, be the last one you ever need, also had the 20” helical planer for sale.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/81857

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bhacksaw

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 04:50 PM

TS, thanks, Ecofriendly’s website must have been down yesterday. I would have just written them off if you didn’t mention them. And I’m in VA, inside the beltway.

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tsdahc

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 05:48 PM

I’m out past Leesburg, one thing about this area is there are a lot of places to source wood from. A HD lumber worker told me about a Mennonite mill in Hagerstown, I’ve never personally been but they get good reviews for nice lumber and good prices, its Hicksville Planing Mill.

I’ve been to ecofriendly before has a decent selection prices are good, just weird that its basically someone’s back yard, albeit a big back yard. He has a mill on premise and will cut a slab to your specs. I donot know about drying though, when I was last there he did not have a kiln, I believe he does now.

I went to Local Woods open house last year and picked up a cherry slab, 16”X80” around an inch thick, $3. Yes $3, it wasn’t pretty looking but a little elbow grease ( I cleaned up a small section) and Ill have a slab to make something out of.

Good luck with the search.

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Rivercitykenb

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 07:06 PM

Bhacksaw I was actually directing my question at you since you are fairly close to me :)

My father in law works for a tree service, I could get you some unmilled logs if you can find a place to mill them and dry them. I have some nice ceder from him.

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bhacksaw

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 07:19 PM

Oh, I was just joking River. Thanks for the offer, but I’m looking to build a bar this spring or summer. A slab that fits my needs would take a year or two to dry out.

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