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post #1 of 21 Old 03-04-2018, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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The most recent issue of Popular Woodworking magazine has a link to it's "lumberyard map". Useful in finding real lumberyards instead of the big-box stores. Just thought I'd pass it on...

https://www.popularwoodworking.com/local-lumberyard-map

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This is cool, thanks. I found one nearby that I wasnít aware of before. Thanks.
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I learned about a couple "less local" lumberyards. Unfortunately, the map also missed many real lumberyards in my area, including one called "Reel Lumber". :-)
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Lots of places in Oregon missing from their list.

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Not very good for the South. Looks like mostly people in Northeast responded to survey.
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Apparently it is a live map, you can still add locations if you wish.

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Missing 2 in Nashville.

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That's even worse than Woodfinder, which misses tons of lumberyards in my area.
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As FrankC. pointed out....and also states in the copy on the page

It is an "active" survey and asks if you'd like to submit more local yards. So... add the ones in your area and help to update the map.

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As FrankC. pointed out....and also states in the copy on the page

It is an "active" survey and asks if you'd like to submit more local yards. So... add the ones in your area and help to update the map.

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Which, of course, I've done. But that doesn't help someone who is looking for local yards, does it? When I moved almost 2 years ago, I looked, only to find that there are no local yards, the closest yard to me is about 60 miles away, one that I used before I moved, but it isn't listed on either site, nor are 3 other sites in that range. If I had no personal experience, I'd have thought the closest yard was 100 miles away.
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Amazing, Popular Woodworking is giving people a way to help themselves, and still they are being criticized for not doing enough.

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No one is criticizing them for trying, only for being so absurdly incomplete. There really should be a resource out there that shows every single dealer across the country, good, bad or otherwise. Then people can either rate them or make their own determinations whether they want to shop there or not. But if you don't know that these places exist at all, and neither the PW or Woodfinder sites show a massive number of sites, then what use are they unless you live in an area with lots of dealers available? How does it help people?
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No one is criticizing them for trying, only for being so absurdly incomplete. There really should be a resource out there that shows every single dealer across the country, good, bad or otherwise. Then people can either rate them or make their own determinations whether they want to shop there or not. But if you don't know that these places exist at all, and neither the PW or Woodfinder sites show a massive number of sites, then what use are they unless you live in an area with lots of dealers available? How does it help people?
Nobody owes anyone such a resource, you can be part of the problem or part of the solution, the platform is out there, everyone just has to give, instead expecting to be spoon fed.

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Lots of places in Oregon missing from their list.
So I added my two favorites.

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Nobody owes anyone such a resource, you can be part of the problem or part of the solution, the platform is out there, everyone just has to give, instead expecting to be spoon fed.
Nobody owes anyone such a thing but it would be undeniably useful. And for people who are looking for suppliers, if these sites want to be useful resources, requiring everyone to go looking for their own yards, why would anyone visit these sites which, presumably, want eyes on their advertisements? It isn't like they're doing it out of the goodness of their hearts or anything.
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Nobody owes anyone such a thing but it would be undeniably useful. And for people who are looking for suppliers, if these sites want to be useful resources, requiring everyone to go looking for their own yards, why would anyone visit these sites which, presumably, want eyes on their advertisements? It isn't like they're doing it out of the goodness of their hearts or anything.
There is nothing stopping you from developing such a site, hopefully you can figure out how to pay for it without bothering anyone with those pesky ads.
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No one is criticizing them for trying, only for being so absurdly incomplete. There really should be a resource out there that shows every single dealer across the country, good, bad or otherwise. Then people can either rate them or make their own determinations whether they want to shop there or not. But if you don't know that these places exist at all, and neither the PW or Woodfinder sites show a massive number of sites, then what use are they unless you live in an area with lots of dealers available? How does it help people?
I plan to contribute my local lumberyards to the new database. What is there to lose? By the way, my local lumberyards have been rated on Yelp, for what that is worth.
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I plan to contribute my local lumberyards to the new database. What is there to lose? By the way, my local lumberyards have been rated on Yelp, for what that is worth.
Nothing is wrong with it, my point is that the databases are really only useful if people have ALREADY contributed their local yards to it so that future people coming to the site can see them. Because if you already know those yards are there, you don't need those sites, do you? I contributed my local yards too, to help out people looking in the future, but for me, moving to a place where I had no idea if there were local yards or not (and there weren't), those sites didn't help one bit because they were both inaccurate and woefully incomplete. That was the point.
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I have some local lumber suppliers that arenít on the map, but Iím not sure what the standards are for being listed.

One supplies mostly domestic hardwoods, but the hardwood suppliers on the map, that Iíve visited, have lots of exotics as well.

The other is a local mill. All the wood is regional and you never know whatís going to be available at any point in time, but it is by far the least expensive way for me to buy lumber. I usually buy 250-300 board feet at a time, date it, and store it for future use. There is no showroom or anything, just a big storage shed you drive into. Sometimes the wood is graded, other times not, but the price reflects it.

Do you share these places with others, only to be disappointed when they drive there to find the perfect board, and find out thatís not what the particular supplier does? I would think there would have to be some standard or qualifications to be listed.


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I have some local lumber suppliers that arenít on the map, but Iím not sure what the standards are for being listed.

One supplies mostly domestic hardwoods, but the hardwood suppliers on the map, that Iíve visited, have lots of exotics as well.

The other is a local mill. All the wood is regional and you never know whatís going to be available at any point in time, but it is by far the least expensive way for me to buy lumber. I usually buy 250-300 board feet at a time, date it, and store it for future use. There is no showroom or anything, just a big storage shed you drive into. Sometimes the wood is graded, other times not, but the price reflects it.

Do you share these places with others, only to be disappointed when they drive there to find the perfect board, and find out thatís not what the particular supplier does? I would think there would have to be some standard or qualifications to be listed.


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There are comments at the bottom of each listing where these things can be noted.

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