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post #1 of 15 Old 09-30-2014, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you buy your exotic wood?

Lately I've been building a a variety of misc stuff in the shop but I wanted to use some woods that aren't available locally.

The most important would be a good source for some 8/4 padauk, maple, purple heart and ash.

Where do ya'll buy your exotics from when you have to order it?
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-30-2014, 11:23 PM
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I'm in the Dallas area and I get all my hardwood, both domestic and exotic at Brazos Forest Products. What area are you at?
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Local Woodcraft store about ten minutes away stocks a good supply of exotics.
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I'm located in phoenix AZ, rockler has a few items but their purple is horribly twisted ( 8/4 boards ) and there is no padauk at all.
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Have you tried this place? http://www.woodworkerssource.com/
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Kelvartis - I would try Spellman. I have heard good things about them compared to the pricing of WWS, Rockler, and Woodcraft.

The Wood Whisperer has mentioned using them as a local supplier in the past as he is located in the Phoenix area. He seemed to be pleased with what he received.

Please share your findings cause I often find myself looking for sources as well. We are really hurting down here in Tucson. Woodcraft and WWS is pretty much all we have. I search on CL all the time as well which results in me drinving up to Phnx.
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I buy mine at Ocooch Hardwoods . They will ship anywhere call for a catalog. 1-888-322-2432 or go to www. OcoochHardwoods.com.
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By the time I thought to check the thread today it's too late to see what Spellman has in stock. Their website mostly seems geared at plywoods.

The October 25% off exotics sale at WWS seems the most likely case right now. I'm a bit skeptical if I'll go for the 8/4 still, I love using it but it has been acting up with the humidity lately.

If I leave a project set on the table wrong (flat) for a day or two it ends up absorbing moisture unevenly. Delay project 2-3 more days to flip / sit on edge. I might get more stability out of just using 4/4 and having twice the work in jointing and glue ups.
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I've got a local hardwood dealer that is almost on the way home from work. I buy lots of things from Rockler, but their prices on wood is way too much. Same with Woodcraft. Not worth it.

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I'm located in phoenix AZ, rockler has a few items but their purple is horribly twisted ( 8/4 boards ) and there is no padauk at all.
Woowworkers resource has a warehouse in your town

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This is also another good source.

https://www.westpennhardwoods.com/default.aspx

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If you are anywhere near White Plains NY then these folks are absolutely incrediblw.

http://www.condonlumber.net/

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By the time I thought to check the thread today it's too late to see what Spellman has in stock. Their website mostly seems geared at plywoods.

The October 25% off exotics sale at WWS seems the most likely case right now. I'm a bit skeptical if I'll go for the 8/4 still, I love using it but it has been acting up with the humidity lately.

If I leave a project set on the table wrong (flat) for a day or two it ends up absorbing moisture unevenly. Delay project 2-3 more days to flip / sit on edge. I might get more stability out of just using 4/4 and having twice the work in jointing and glue ups.
Kelvartis -

I have taken advantage of the 25% off exoctic sales at WWS previously. Specifically for some purpleheart.

Happy Hunting.
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alright I just wasn't sure if there's some awesome place to look I didn't know about.
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alright I just wasn't sure if there's some awesome place to look I didn't know about.
Unfortunatly I don't think so. I have spoken with some guys in the Phnx. area and they have said they had good experiences with mail ordering as well.

I haven't done it myself but then again, I haven't had a project that warranted it.
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