Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Morris County, New Joisey
I agree with CPS; a jointer & planer gives you the capability of buying rough lumber (less expensive!), and will allow you to repurpose previously used hardwood. I've scrounged old furniture at the curb during the local "cleanup week", and recently cleaned up a bunch of oak & walnut from a piano that we needed to get rid of.
In the absence of those machines, however, I'd suggest checking out any & all lumberyards that are close enough to you. We have a couple nearby that appear to be home building & construction oriented, yet they have oak, maple, and mahogany available, all finished to thickness & width.
I'm fortunate to have a huge place about 30 minutes away that has every kind of hardwood that I could ever imagine using, & then some. It's rough, but for a little extra $$, they'll finish it for you.
Good luck & have fun!