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post #21 of 35 Old 08-15-2010, 02:03 PM
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CTWoodworker,

I guess I didn't give enough of the flavor of the place (Board Silly). To say it's less formal than other lumber yards doesn't do it justice. I saw no indication that there is a price list of any kind. I think you go there or give him a call and tell him what you need and he comes up with a price which could possibly be affected by current weather conditions, coffee levels, and possibly baseball scores. His stock is scattered in the backs of broken down trucks on the property. He built a kiln out of one of those broken down trucks. If you happen to hate those "employees only past this point" for insurance purposes you'll have no problem at all with this place - it'd probably be fun to see the look on an inspectors face when he saw this place for the first time. The owner's claim to fame seems to be rough lumber and custom live edge mantels. If you took a look at the power tools in the room where he makes those mantels you'd probably be too scared to be nearby when they were running, but I checked and he can still count to ten. He mentioned more than once that if you're looking for something special and give him advance notice he can come up with something nice.

All of this would probably put off some people who are used to more structured business practices. I found it a little kooky, but interesting and probably full of undiscovered treasures. You've just got to go there yourself and meet the owner to understand this place.

Here's a newspaper article on the place:
http://www.thedailynorwalk.com/home-...it-board-silly

Not much there yet, but he's working on a website for the place:
http://web.me.com/edermer/Site_3/Board_Silly.html

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http://www.condonlumber.net/where.htm in Stormville NY 4/4" Poplar @ $1.55bf & up for 300bf+
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I went to the Condons in Stormville once. They looked good, but the big impression of the day was made by the maximum security prison across the street. You got a feeling of doom just looking at the outside of the place - yesh!
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Hey guys,

I finally went to Oleksak lumber (in MA) today to get some rough lumber.

The guy was really easy to work with -- I called ahead of time, and talked to him about what I needed. He gave me air dried poplar for $1.00/board foot. He also through in basswood, white birch, some white oak, and some maple at that price!
About half of these boards were even planed!

Although some of the boards looked a little rough from sitting out, it was a great deal, and a good purchase. I definetely recommend this place.

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I've read your thread on cheap(er) hardwood and thought I'd go check out Olekak. It's actually closer to me than where I go now (CWG hardwood outlet in enfield) and priced a LOT cheaper. Was all their wood rough or just the air dried?
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I can get poplar from Holt and Bugbee out of Ma for around $2/bd ft. That is 12"+, 15-16', skip planed to 15/16 delivered. 250 bd ft minimum. I am sure that many of the other lumber yards would be willing to come close to these prices delivered. This is kiln dried lumber. If you are getting it from a lumber mill rough/green and they want over $2 you are getting hosed.

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CTwoodworker,

I've read your thread on cheap(er) hardwood and thought I'd go check out Olekak. It's actually closer to me than where I go now (CWG hardwood outlet in enfield) and priced a LOT cheaper. Was all their wood rough or just the air dried?
CWG in Enfield is a RETAIL outlet and has prices that reflect that. I use them for small jobs where instead of buying a large load of wood and having all of my profit on the wood rack, I opt to pay more and get profit in dollars.

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CTwoodworker,

I've read your thread on cheap(er) hardwood and thought I'd go check out Olekak. It's actually closer to me than where I go now (CWG hardwood outlet in enfield) and priced a LOT cheaper. Was all their wood rough or just the air dried?
They have air dried and kiln dried lumber. Some of the air dried lumber I got was already planed (at least on one side). Now, most lumber there isn't planed. However, they will plane it for a reasonable price.

I suggest calling them, I talked to Andrew Oleksak, and he helped me get what I needed. All their contact info (such as phone number, address, etc) is on their website. www.oleksaklumber.com

Give them a call, and they will get you what you need.
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I can get poplar from Holt and Bugbee out of Ma for around $2/bd ft. That is 12"+, 15-16', skip planed to 15/16 delivered. 250 bd ft minimum. I am sure that many of the other lumber yards would be willing to come close to these prices delivered. This is kiln dried lumber. If you are getting it from a lumber mill rough/green and they want over $2 you are getting hosed.
That's why I drove up to Massachusetts. I contacted at least 4 sawmills around here. They charge $2.25 for rough poplar.

Can you give me some contact info for these places in MA? I'd be interested in contacting them. Those sound like great prices to me.

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http://www.holtandbugbee.com/

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I've been looking for various types of lumber in CT. If any of you that are in CT know of sawmills that have reasonably priced lumber, please reply.

I'm looking for about 300 bd ft of clear poplar (or clear pine), but am also interested in buying smaller quantities of other woods like cherry, walnut, maple, cedar and oak.

The lumberyards around me that I am familiar with do not have very good prices. I have found other lumber suppliers and sawmills, but I have not been able to find poplar under $2. I have found poplar at $1 at several places, but they are all out of state. I do not have a large truck to haul lumber in, so I would have to get it shipped -- usually adds an extra $1 per board foot.

Connecticut doesn't seem to have as many sawmills as other states, but I'm still looking and hoping to find a sawmill that can supply me with poplar for $1.50 or less. Every sawmill that I have been in touch with so far charges 2-3 times what I would pay out of state (especially for hardwoods like cherry and walnut).

Any suggestions?

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Nov 2013 In Oxford Ct, we just cut down 3 very old very tall poplar trees. Crosswinds mill is located in Oxford. Are you interested?
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Poplar logs

In Oxford, we just cut down 3 very large, very old poplar trees. Crosswind sawmill is located in Oxford Ct. Any interests?
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In Oxford, we just cut down 3 very large, very old poplar trees. Crosswind sawmill is located in Oxford Ct. Any interests?
Are the already cut in the mill? I would be interested in some
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You guys in CT need to show me your shops, let me know if you need help with anything I am ready to HELP and LEARN more
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Are the already cut in the mill? I would be interested in some
Trees were just cut down this weekend and there are more trees that need to be cut. All are very old and tall. Before the others can be done we need to do something with the logs on the property now. Looking at my options. Shame to see this wood all end up wasted rather than used for something constructive.

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