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  • Where Do You Get Your Wood?

    When I look for project wood at Home Depot or Lowes I just feel so limited in selection. Plus when looking at the oak, birch and poplar I guess it carries a nice mark up for the finishing of the board. I've built a couple of tables, but the material costs sure get pricey when I'm buying the 3' and 4' lengths they have available for dimensional lumber.

    Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Mostly the big home stores and sometimes a local smaller lumberyard. Most the cost is for the milling of the lumber I would guess.
    Around here there are a couple exotic lumber companies with very high prices and you can also buy it un-milled. Also a woodworking company listed in the phone book here carries some partially un-milled wood.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hector B
      When I look for project wood at Home Depot or Lowes I just feel so limited in selection. Plus when looking at the oak, birch and poplar I guess it carries a nice mark up for the finishing of the board. I've built a couple of tables, but the material costs sure get pricey when I'm buying the 3' and 4' lengths they have available for dimensional lumber.

      Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.
      To find other places in your area try: http://www.woodfinder.com/index.php

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      • #4
        Even rockler has better prices and better wood than HD.
        Find a supplier in your area that specializes in non construction lumber. You can get far better pricing than HD. I've also had good luck buying on the internet, even with shipping the pricing was good.
        www.TheWoodCellar.com

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        • #5
          Hector

          Domestic woods that I use (Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut) I try and stock up on from a source that makes deliveries from the other side of the state about twice a year and charges about a quarter what HD does albeit it is in the rough. Non-domestic woods I was getting from a mill that has a great selection and is about 90 minutes away from me. I decided to try the Internet and found that what I received from them was pretty much the equivalent of what I was getting from the mill. If you included my gas the price was the same and I saved the afternoon of driving out there and sorting through all the lumber. I’ve tried this place
          http://www.niagaralumber.com/
          (got some really beautiful tiger maple) and I have also received very nice wood from this place,
          http://www.walllumber.com/products.asp
          but their wood arrived in 4-foot lengths which was not a problem for me but something to consider.

          Good luck with your search for a source

          Woodslayer

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          • #6
            Checked out that Woodfinder and went to the place it showed near me. I gotta say I was impressed. I bought 22 bf of really nice 4/4 tiger maple. There was so much variety and the quality was incredible. The place was a museum of different woods. I think I probably spent 2 hours just looking at what they had in the two warehouses. Those guys now have a steady customer.
            I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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            • #7
              Go to your yellow pages and call every place that sells lumber. I buy wood from a place that has no internet presence whatsoever. So you might want to use an old fashioned lookup method. The prices at Big Blue and Big Orange are easily double what is availble at a lumber yard.
              http://www.palatablewoodworking.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MrZ
                To find other places in your area try: http://www.woodfinder.com/index.php
                Woodfinder only shows places that pay them to be listed, so your mileage may vary. I know locally, Woodfinder doesn't show *ANY* of the good wood suppliers, the closest location they can find to me is 60+ miles away when the closest and biggest location in the area, far bigger and better stocked than anything Woodfinder has, is about 15 miles away.

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                • #9
                  Well thank you all very much. You've given me some fine leads to follow. Have a splinter free day.

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