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post #1 of 15 Old 02-13-2017, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Where to get wood

Ok, so. Is purchasing wood online a good or bad idea? There are tons of websites out there where I can buy some wood but I'm not sure if it's good quality or even a good idea. I was looking to buy some standard hardwoods like walnut, cherry, oak, etc but I was also looking to buy some wood on the more exotic side like purpleheart. Ooooooor is it best to just buy from lumber mills?
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personally I wouldn't buy lumber I couldn't see myself to see if it's messed up, but I've never used anything besides Pine or common board.
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Many of the online stores have good reviews, but I have never used them. I am fortunate in that I have an excellent hardwood supplier near my house. I like to pick my own wood. It can get out of hand when my wife wants to go along to help pick the wood. She will empty their bins looking for the specific boards she wants. She still hasn't really learned how to read the rough boards so it takes a long time, but we do tend to end up with beautiful wood when she's along!

Where do you live? There are probably folks here on the forum that can direct you to some good hardwood suppliers near you.

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I have ordered online and have personally visited www.walllumber.com. I have never received any wood from them that was not of excellent quality.

When you live in an area of limited hardwood availability, you have to be willing to order.

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I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
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See if this site helps. http://www.woodfinder.com/

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This is exactly why I joined the forum. I've been playing around more and more, and finally this year at Christmas made several finished woodworking gifts. I'm running into the problem that all my craft wood is coming from Home Depot, which doesn't really have a selection except for the oak and aspen. Plus I have no idea if the cost is low or high. That link Tree Hugger posted already gave me a place to go peek at.
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Won't help you, but after searching for over 2 months for a local hardwood dealer, I FINALLY found one about 30 minutes away that has an excellent selection, and great prices. Talked to the owner on the phone today for about 15 minutes, and he seems like a really great guy with a lot of helpful information. Plan to go check them out tomorrow and pick up some Hickory and maybe some Walnut for table tops for upcoming builds. My days of picking through Woodcrafts limited stock for wood priced about 20% more than I'd like to pay are over!

Depending on where you are from, keep looking for sources within driving distance. I'd never trust buying wood without seeing it first.
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I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
I've heard good things about http://www.groffslumber.com/ in PA; not sure how far you're willing to drive. I've never bought anything from them, but a couple local guys I know that do a lot of woodworking suggested them to me.

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I've heard good things about http://www.groffslumber.com/ in PA; not sure how far you're willing to drive. I've never bought anything from them, but a couple local guys I know that do a lot of woodworking suggested them to me.
Groffs in Quarryville, PA is not bad, but I like Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford PA better. They are located about 2 miles off of Route 1 just off of Route 10. great People and a great selection.
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While I haven't yet ordered anything from them the prices at http://crlumber.com/ are very reasonable and I have heard good things from others.

The reason I personally haven't ordered yet is because it's all in bulk and I haven't had the cash. Shipping is included though.

Measure 6 times, cut 3. Plane it down wrong and go buy a second board.
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Groffs in Quarryville, PA is not bad, but I like Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford PA better. They are located about 2 miles off of Route 1 just off of Route 10. great People and a great selection.
other suggestions are always welcome, as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I'm also in the suburbs of Philly, so I'm secretly taking notes. =)
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A place like Gilmer will often have reasonably good photos of a lot of samples of their wood. They are only 100 miles from me, so I have been there and they have 3 warehouses of wood, many in full tree slabs stacked in consecutive slices. Lots of excellent quality stock.
https://www.gilmerwood.com/
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The site is not letting me edit right now, so an additional comment. If you cannot find hardwood dealers in your area, see if you can locate custom woodworkers, cabinet shops, furniture builders, etc. They may know of local sawyers and dealers who don't advertise. I know that is the way of it around here.
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