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Pappy35

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04-28-2015 09:05 PM

Hi all. First post…

Just getting back into woodworking after a 30+ year hiatus and am new to the Memphis area so, needless to say, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to finding a good source for furniture grade lumber. I’m building up a workshop so I don’t have the means yet to work with rough-cut boards.

So, the question is: Can anyone recommend a source for nice wood anywhere within a couple of hours of Memphis?

There’s a woodworkers supply store here but I’m still recovering from the sticker shock from their quote for cedar…

-- Wood is Good


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 04-28-2015 11:35 PM

Try woodfinder.com. This will not give you a complete list because I think mills need to pay to be listed, but it will get you started. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 12:10 AM

Hi Pappy,
I live in Brownsville, but sadly don’t have much to tell you. The wood store you’re probably talking about (in Bartlett?) is great, but sickeningly expensive as you say. Still, it’s the only place I know around here that sells kiln dried wood. All the sawmills around me only sell green.

My local lumber yard (Smith Lumber, Brownsville) is expanding, though. The owner is getting into hardwoods and has his sawmill up and going, but the kiln and infrastructure won’t be complete for some time, possibly up to a year. I know this doesn’t help too much, but I definitely wanted to comment to see if anyone else can enlighten the both of us..

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 12:18 AM

I’m in the area too and feel your pain. My HD and Lowe’s all have crap. The woodworking store you are referring to has a great selection, but the price is steep. When you are the only place in town, I guess you can add a premium. For me, it is worth it since all their boards are planned to a consistent thickness and they “plane” or “joint” one of the edges. So, you have a solid piece of wood to work off of. I use them for a lot of stuff and they are great people.

But … If you find a place with better prices on hardwoods, I would be happy to hear about it.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 12:54 AM

I used to go to Colco Fine Woods on Jackson in Memphis. They had really nice stock. One internet page indicated they were closed. Marc to imagine that,,though.

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Pappy35

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 01:14 AM

The place in Bartlett is really great and they are very nice. Just the kind of place I like to patronize but they quoted me over $500 for 83 BF of S3S Cypress (they couldn’t get Cedar). Another place in town quoted $173 based off the same material list for Cedar. The quotes are not EXACTLY apples to apples but they were based off the same materials list and so not different enough to justify such a huge difference in price.

I may have to keep an eye out on Craigslist. I really want to get into this as a hobby but it’s pointless if the materials are too expensive to justify buying. The trick living here is trying to find a place to buy good wood.

-- Wood is Good

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 01:27 AM

I was there over the weekend and they had cedar. Maybe they were just quoting what they had in stock?!?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#7 posted 04-29-2015 02:45 AM

Yeah I went about 2 weeks ago for some GF450 and they had Cedar.

I feel bad talking trash about their prices cause the owner is a genuinely nice guy, and they have a great selection. Still, I just can’t imagine ever using their lumber for commissions if I’m going to be giving any half-reasonable quotes. If you’re well tapped into the Collierville high-end market I bet it’s not a problem though.

Still, they had some gorgeous Purpleheart that I must build something out.

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Pappy35

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#8 posted 04-29-2015 02:52 AM

Oh yeah. Def. really nice folks and I feel horrible that you guys picked up on who I was talking about. I’m all about supporting locally owned businesses and wasn’t trying to say anything negative about them. They have to charge what they need to charge to stay viable. I guess I didn’t try hard enough to mask their identity. I was just trying to figure out if there was someplace I could go for larger orders to stock up on materials.

-- Wood is Good

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#9 posted 04-29-2015 03:05 AM

I don’t think you were being negative. I think you were being honest. If I’m being honest, I spend about $100 a week there on different stuff. I love going there. However, I wish there were places to get better prices on “common” species, such as pine, oak, maple, etc. Exotics are a different story and expect to see a higher price tag. But, I don’t see myself buying anywhere else. At this point, I like them a lot and build things for my family. So, price isn’t as much of a concern as quality is.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 01:46 AM

I was just there today. Cedar $3.25 BF

Just FYI

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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