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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 03-07-2015 04:11 PM 1231 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 04:11 PM

I have been searching around Colorado Springs area and haven’t yet found any sawyers or decent lumber mills yet.

My question is what is everyone’s opinions on woodcrafts selection and pricing?

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 04:16 PM

Selection will certainly vary by store, but I have always found the quality at our local Woodcraft to be pretty good. I also like the fact that you can see and select the pieces you want, knowing what you will get – unlike mail order sources. The downside is that the prices seem to me to be a bit steep. You have to decide if the trade-off of quality vs. price is worth it.


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#2 posted 03-07-2015 04:20 PM

The selction at the store local to me is not very good. Other woodcraft stores I have been to have a much better variety of sizes and wood types.

For hardwoods common to this area, Louisville, Ky the woodcraft prices are very high. There are a handful of saw operators around here I can buy from for a fraction of the prices Woodcraft wants.

Do you have a jointer and planer? If so I would keep looking for someone local before buying retail.

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 04:34 PM

You pay more for the variety.

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 04:39 PM

Good selection but spendy and there’s only FAS ( first and seconds )

which is good. As mentioned above it’s the trade-off decision and I think

it’s worth it for specific projects.

To have around the shop I’ve had good luck with ebay except the shipping costs
have jumped up, specifically and for exotics:
Has been great to deal with ^

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 04:47 PM

Check online suppliers. I’ve had good success with Cook Woods. When you buy at retail you are at the mercy of the last one who picked through the pile. As a result you end up with twisted or bowed wood. I know this happens with rough sawn wood also but it is usually thick enough to mill to an acceptable thickness, not so with retail lumber. You might be lucky to get a 1/2’ board out of that nice piece of zebra wood that you just spent 25.00 bf on thinking you could get 3/4” out of. That makes it really expensive. However my local Woodcraft store does have a great selection of domestic & exotic lumber and I do occasionally buy there but prefer to by rough sawn from local sources.

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 04:50 PM

+1 for Cook Woods

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 04:55 PM

Is cook woods rough sawn?

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 05:15 PM

BellForest is good IMO. I love Woodcraft since I can see everything, but the prices aren’t always great, although I love their scrap bins and cut-off sales. BellForest has a great selection of lumber and great customer service. It might be worth looking into (you can get 10% off with a code from the woodwhisperer and I think they still have free shipping over $100 right now). I’ve bought a few bowl blanks from them on 2 occasions and made some keepsake boxes out of them. The first batch turned out great; 2nd batch is almost done.

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 06:00 PM

I found a lumber mill about an hour and a half from me that has hard maple @ $4 per Bf is this decent? They have poplar at $3 BF also

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 06:18 PM

Those seem like decent prices to me for Colorado. A hour and Half drive will get you to Denver where you have both Austin Hardwoods and Paxton.

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 06:21 PM

For Sale, moving: Lumber of many species. PRICED BELOW MARKET. Some furniture grade. Lots of mesquite & spalted pecan. All wood has been stored inside for more than ten years. Some woods we have: birdseye maple, spalted pecan, walnut, mesquite, ebony, cocobolo, pearwood, sycamore, red oak, spanish cedar, pine, airomatic cedar, cherry, a few pieces of maple burl, koa, satinwood, mahogany, pernambuco, curly maple, olive wood, and basswood, various billets. No reasonable offer refused.

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 07:09 PM

I’ve got a friend out there that has retired from the cabinet business and I think this is where he bought his lumber.

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 08:13 PM

That looks awesome thank you!

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#14 posted 03-07-2015 10:32 PM

My woodcraft has a really good selection of wood, lots of domestics and a good amount of nice sized exotic pieces that I haven’t seen anywhere else. But, I’ve only bought ambrosia maple when they have a sale and it’s only like 1.75 a bf, everything else is way too high for my liking. If I ever needed a lot of exotic pieces for a project then i might buy from there, all their domestic wood is at least double the price of what i can get locally.

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#15 posted 03-07-2015 10:40 PM

You have to factor in shipping for mail order. If you have a Woodcraft store near you then it’s a good idea to drop by just to see the woods they carry. You can compare price, quality (and they’ll explain S2S, S4S, etc). I think they’re a tad pricey- go to a dedicated lumber dealer. Some of my trusted lumber dealers are : Cook Woods, Gilmer’s Wood, Eisenbrand’s, Global Wood, Steve Wall, Tropical Exotic Hardwoods, Goby Walnut (also carries figured Big Leaf Maple), Bell Forest. Most carry cut-offs by weight i.e. 15lb, 20lb etc. I’ve found that these places are glad to answer queries and most can help customize these boxes. I bought a 10lb box of Ebony cut-offs from Cooks and they were happy to put together a box of Macassar & Nigerian thins (less than 1/2” thick) for me…I had to wait a week until they had enough to fill a box…..Call any of them and tell them what you need…......Wes

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