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Glenn

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1851 days ago

Where do you get hardwood lumber?

I want to make some projects calling for walnut, maple, and cherry.

A call around to the “lumber dealers” (as listed in the yellow pages) yielded only SPF, presumably construction-grade. Several said they could probably order it, but were clueless as to prices and the ordering process, in general.

The local Lowe’s and Home Depot sell only plain-sawn red oak, poplar, cedar, pine, and something called “whitewood,” along with the usual construction-grade 2x SPF, treated and untreated.

-- Glenn, Arkansas


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Boardman

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#1 posted 1851 days ago

“Lumber dealers” will usually show only the softwoods (pine, etc.) outlets. Try ‘Hardwoods,” or keep an eye on the “materials” section on your local craigslist. There can be some real deals there from guys with portable sawmills, The woodworking stores like Woodcraft, Rockler are usually the most expensive.

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Glenn

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#2 posted 1851 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions! Using woodfinder.com, I was able to locate a place in Memphis, 60 miles away, that appears to carry anything one would want: http://www.colcofinewoods.com/index.htm

Now, all that remains is to take a daytrip to Memphis to take a look around. Thanks, again!

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1851 days ago

Glenn, another source to check is Craigslist.com. Hardwood posts come along in the materials section on occasion. Here is a post that appeared on June 7th.

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Boardman

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#4 posted 1851 days ago

Glenn – Woodfinder is just a so-so source. It costs over $300 to get listed, so there are no doubt several suppliers closer than 60 miles.

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#5 posted 1851 days ago

Not sure where you are in Arkansas but if you are close to SE MO there is a hardwood lumber yard here that supplies a good variety of lumber. Approximately where in AR are you?

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Julian

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#6 posted 1851 days ago

I get most of my lumber from a local sawmill. It’s just a one man operation out in the country but he has many species of native hardwoods and only charges $2 per foot.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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DocK16

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#7 posted 1851 days ago

I found several small mills within driving distance of my house through
http://www.woodfinder.com/

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Karson

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#8 posted 1851 days ago

I’ve found its a great idea to make friends with a sawmill owner. I’ve made many a things for them so that they remember me when something great shows up in the mill.

I traded a new computer and software (That I made) for around 5000 BD ft of lumber. He was selling the mill any anything left on the property went to the new owner. Anthing that he sold was his. So he got a free computer and I got some inexpensive wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Glenn

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#9 posted 1851 days ago

Those are all great ideas. Trooper, I could spit and hit the MO boot heel (I’m in Jonesboro). Do you know the name of that sawmill?

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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trooper

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#10 posted 1851 days ago

That is awesome, I go to Jonesboro about once a month. There is a lumberyard here called Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company (in Poplar Bluff). I work there and we deal in many different species of hardwood. We are a wholesale company but will sell to individuals. The office number is 573-785-1003. Feel free to call them and get a price quote and maybe you could even let me know what you need if I am coming to Jonesboro to visit.

Please note: I in no way make ANY money off of anything you might buy, I would simply be doing this as a favor.

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Glenn

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#11 posted 1851 days ago

trooper, that’s great news. no worries—i wouldn’t mind if you were making a commission. as long as you know that my needed quantities are VERY small since i’m just a hobbiest. various hardwoods are so scarce around here, that i welcome news that some is available. i did see a couple of tempting offers on the memphis craigslist, but i’d have to travel to thayer or linwood, tn. i will definitely be giving y’all a call. i plan on making the wood magazine sanding blocks calling for a little walnut and maple. i’ll get a list together and let you know.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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trooper

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#12 posted 1851 days ago

Sounds great, if it is a very small amount shoot me a message and maybe I can come up with something and drop it off the next time I am in Jonesboro. I find all sorts of things at the lumberyard.

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