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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 09-01-2009 06:46 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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09-01-2009 06:46 PM

Hi All,

Being new to woodworking is making it difficult to know if I am getting good deals or not on wood. I will be making my first purchases from a lumber yard sometime in the next month (VERY EXCITED), but right now I’m just trying to see who has the best prices in the area. I would rush out and buy wood right now but since I’m still in the initial phase of designing new Night Stands with my wife’s help, I haven’t decided on any wood choices yet. Can someone please tell me if these prices look reasonable as I have no clue what woods should cost. Also has anyone dealt with them? They do ship nationwide. Anyone from Indianapolis, IN?

http://www.northwestlumberco.com

http://www.northwestlumberco.com/domestic.php

http://www.northwestlumberco.com/exotic.php

http://www.northwestlumberco.com/plywood.php

Thanks,
Eric

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 09-01-2009 07:16 PM

Eric, I am about 4 hours away in Kentucky but lumber prices should not be too drastically different. In looking at Northwest’s prices they are ok for a retail outlet but just a shade on the high side. For instance here I can get cherry for $5.00 a bf and their price is $5.98 from a retail supplier that I will use on occasion. But I get nearly all of my lumber from a supplier who deals on a wholesale level. I can get select kiln dried cherry from him for $2.40 a bf. Maple runs $3.00 a bf whereas Northwest sells it for $5.75.

If you can find a sawmill in your area that would be the best bet with regards to price. Another option is to check on Craigslist. Here is a listing for hardwood lumber that is being offered in the Indianapolis region.

Another option is to try “Woodfinder.com:http://www.woodfinder.com/.

These prices are for rough lumber. If you want finished lumber then the price will necessarily be higher and some suppliers may not furnish this service.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 07:20 PM

Thanks for checking it out for me Scott. I appreciate the help. I’ve been looking around Indianapolis for a sawmill but so far have only checked “hardwood lumber”. I’ll google for sawmill instead in Indianapolis. Thanks for the suggestions with craigslist and woodfinder too. I’m not looking to buy in wholesale bulk level though since I don’t have the room for it. I’ll probably buy on a project by project basis for the time being.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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gagewestern

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 11:57 PM

hi eric their is a sawmill i have been to near you ,new castle sawmill in new castle ind wonderfull people and good prices i got a peice of walnut their that was about 10 ft long by 18 in on one end and a 26 in croch on the other and about 1 3/4in thick for@ $ 33.00 you can see that peice on my web site its the top board on the horse bed most stuf is @ $1.75 bf air dried brian gaegwestern.com

-- gagewestern

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 04:46 AM

One of the best places I’ve found is Craigslist, expecially if you are looking for common domestic woods like Maple, Oak, Cherry or Walnut.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 06:17 AM

The more you buy the better the price. If you buy it rough and plane it yourself the cheaper the price. I always buy at least a 100 Bd Ft or more evertime I buy solid stock because I know I will use it on another project. I pay around $4.00 a Bd Ft for 4/4 Cherry Sel & Btr. and around $2.00 a Bd Ft for 4/4 Red Oak Sel & Btr.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-02-2009 07:11 AM

I would agree with Scott – the walnut looks about normal – cherry seems a little high.
I have bought from Frank Miller in Union City, when taking some classes at Marc Adams School just south of Indy. I like the service, but have no reason to think that the guys at Northwest wouldn’t take good care of you.

http://www.frankmiller.com/default.asp?ID=216&SubID=57

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 10:07 AM

I’ve been to Northwest a few times. I’ve always gotten good service and their prices are as good as any I’ve seen around Indy. There’s a mill out by Cincinnati where the prices are a bit cheaper, so if you’re buying in bulk it might be worth the trip. Otherwise I think you’d do fine at Northwest, I’m a fan…

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 01:16 AM

Try Wal Lumber web site wallumber.com

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 02:39 AM

I’ve had good luck with Wall Lumber as well. I was initially put off by a 4 or 5 word response to an email I sent them. As I was buying blind over the phone, I inquired if the boards would be coming from the same tree or at least one that matches. I got a less than adequate response but still went for it and was very happy. Craigslist has been good as well as others mentioned. You’ll find a lot of rough lumber or reclaimed boards there.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#10 posted 09-07-2009 03:19 AM

Eric,

I am south of Indy near the Columbus area…I can’t seem to find hardly any lumber in this area. If you come across anything south of the city I would be interested in hearing what you find. Also I have not been able to find any woodworking clubs in my area either.

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 09-07-2009 03:34 AM

I buy all of my lumber at a sawmill. Try contacting woodmizer and as for a list of sawers in your area.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#12 posted 09-07-2009 03:47 AM

Scott, what part of KY are you in? I buy all my domestic from harry White in Morehead. Cherry and Walnut run 2.20-2.30, Oak runs about 1.80

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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