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Forum topic by keithg posted 06-11-2009 01:20 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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keithg

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06-11-2009 01:20 AM

Hello all. New member here starting on a few projects. (workbench and storage cabinets) I started shopping around looking to compare prices of hardwoods but couldn’t find many sources near me (Currently I live in Springfield but my residence is in Middleboro) Are there any websites geared towards finding supplies at decent prices? or are most of the suppliers on the same page as far as price per Bd/Ft?


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#1 posted 06-11-2009 03:10 AM

Keith, hardwood prices will vary considerably depending on where you get your wood. For instance here oak and poplar at Lowe’s and Home Depot will run over $6.00 a bf whereas I can get rough FAS poplar for $1.00 and oak for $1.50. Woodfinder.com is one resource that has proven helpful in locating local suppliers. Ebay is also a source that many members use as well. You might have some luck with Craigslist as well. For instance currently there is some honduran mahogany for sale in Windham, Mass. Not sure how far it is from your location but hardwood sellers regularly post on Craigslist, usually under the material section.

Your best bet would be to find a local sawyier or sawmill that supplies hardwood lumber. Using this type of supplier should give you a lower cost. Internet sales are a possibility as well but, while prices ccan be reasonable, shipping adds significantly to the bottom line.

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 03:34 AM

Welcome Keith, there are several sawyers around central MA, and some in NH. and n.shore and s.shore. woodfinder.com as Scott suggested is a good start – I found a couple that had very good selections in east MA that way. and I’ve found a few that were around central MA which would be a bit of a longer drive for me. but might be closer to you. PM me if you can’t find any, I’ll try to dig out my old searches. (I think I also used superpages.com and looked for hardwoods and lumber – just make sure you don’t find hardwood floor places though ..lol)

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 03:50 AM

Downes and Reader in Stoughton is great… lots of really good hardwoods there.. pretty much everything you could ever want

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 07:36 AM

Yup , CWG in Enfield,CT is awesome , but you have to buy the entire board there…..12’ long.Dave will plane and joint it for you while you wait. Amherst Woodworking in Northampton,MA is also pretty good and if you want to head up Rte.91 to Greenfield,MA , see Sue at Forest Products . : ) If you want to come to Westfield ,MA , you can see Jerry or Joe at PondersHollow ......Also , Woodcraft in W.Springfield has a pretty good selection , but a tad pricey . If you want to buy from members here , Poroskywood aka Scott and also Barlow , have supplied me with some awesome Curly Maple , if you don’t mind paying the freight charges.

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 12:06 PM

Keith,
If you live in Middleboro, I would suggest you check out Woodsmith in Falmouth. They don’t ship but he has a ton of hardwoods…and you can pick out what you want. I find his prices to be very good and he will mill it for you or you can do it yourself. He will always give you a clean edge to work with if you like. I have been getting wood from him for about a year now…got walnut, curley maple, birds eye maple, rosewood, cherry, jotoba, zebrawood, purpleheart and a few others. I know he stocks ebony in small quantities, lacewood, wenge and a bunch of others. You have to know he is there…no advertising or website…sells “to the trade” but will always help out a woodworker. If you want more info, PM me.
Ellen

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#6 posted 06-13-2009 01:56 PM

There is a great place in Lunenburg, MA right on the Fitchburg line called The Woodery.

It is run by two guys named Steve and, well, Steve. They have a very good selection and also do planing and sanding if you need it.

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keithg

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#7 posted 06-13-2009 03:03 PM

I really appreciate all the input from everyone. I’m new to woodworking and from the amount of responses I have I’m gonna enjoy this site.
Being in Springfield I went to CWG in Enfield for my very first project and thought they were good to deal with. I didn’t think there would be so many suppliers in Mass and NE but glad there is!!!!

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 09:17 PM

I just visited the Woodery for the first time today. I met both Steves, and both were exceptionally helpful. They have a great selection of oak, cherry, walnut, and maple in many sizes and thicknesses. They have some exotics too, I got a nice lacewood board, and also a good selection of plywoods. As mentioned above, they can do planing up to 30” or sanding up to 36”, and have other milling available too. To top it off, good prices! Highly recommended!

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