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Hi Everyone

I extreamly new to all this and I found these guys selling exotic woods. Do you think they're any good or too expensive.

Online ordering of hardwoods to me is like "mail order brides". You'll have to sleep with your order especially if you're making a bed. I like actually seeing the stock, feeling it, and checking it out all over. Unless the selling point is within driving distance for me, the price would have an "add on" delivery charge which would make it a senseless purchase. I prefer to shop at my local hardwood dealers, establish a close relationship with the personnel there, and have the opportunity to pick out my own stock, and in the long run, save money.
 

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I hear where your coming from cabinetman, but I have'nt found any good supplier yet. I've been to Rockler but their price seems kind of high and forget about HD or Lowes.

Have any connections?
 

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Rockler, Woodcraft and several others do Buy from West Penn (I've seen the pallets waiting to be picked up) so they're making up from other prices.
 

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I hear where your coming from cabinetman, but I have'nt found any good supplier yet. I've been to Rockler but their price seems kind of high and forget about HD or Lowes.
Have any connections?

My suggestion is to look in your local yellow pages under headings like "hardwoods", "lumber" and "plywoods". Of those, you may find some that carry both planed and "in the rough". Another source would be "marine supplies", "chandleries", "boat building supplies", "millwork or cabinet manufacturing supplies".

The choices at these specialty sources will far exceed your selection at any home center. Being able to stand at a rack of wood makes more sense than looking at pictures.
 

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Mail ordering woods can be a bad or good experience. Before I began operating my own sawmill business I never had one bad experience ordering wood. I guess I was lucky.

Now that I am on the other end, I have shipped thousands of pieces of wood to hundreds of customers and I have not had one single request for a refund or replacement. Maybe one or two were not happy with what they got but if so I never heard from them.

I offer a full refund/replacement policy on all my wood with no restocking fees. I ask that the customer pay the shipping back but I would also pay it if the customer were to insist.

If you can't find a local supplier, I suggest you deal only with people who do business in a similiar fashion.

This is not an ad for me. Currently I am not taking on any new customers until probably next year.

I would also add that if you contact Daren I can guarantee you will not get a piece of junk wood from him, because he deals in stunning woods that will knock your eyes out. Although we are both mods I don't think anyone would accuse me of being partial. Seeing is believing. Just check out his website and try and argue that you can't get good wood from the dude. Good wood is all he sells. :yes:
 

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contact Daren Just check out his website and try and argue that you can't get good wood from the dude. Good wood is all he sells. :yes:
Thanks Kevin, I could not have said it better myself :laughing:. I am getting in the same boat you are in (not quite as bad) more customers than wood right now...but I ain't complaining.

The real reason I chimed in was to link another thread here. I think local lumber suppliers are far too over looked. Partially for the reasons mentioned in the thread, I don't advertise. I think I remember TexasTimbers saying he had to take his sign down on the highway cause the customers had his lane wore plum out (that is what happens when a sawmill has good wood)

In this thread I show another member he is virtually surrounded by hardwood suppliers...you don't have to buy that overpriced stuff from those catalogs/internet (like was mentioned in this thread, sigh unseen :thumbdown:) Or from some pimple face kid at the "Big Box" who doesn't know ash from a hole in the ground.
Please if you are looking for good wood take the time to read this thread, I get to the point near the end of the posting. The exact thing holds true for you, I would bet my mill...you are surrounded by better places to buy lumber. Not that I have anything against the company you are asking about. I just think you need to know your options. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1529
 

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I live in Framingham MA
Then you definitely need to read the thread I linked, it was for another member in Ma. There is a list of 50-60? local suppliers...that might be 1/2 of them :confused1:. Throw away that catalog/delete the link of that internet supplier from your favorites and go get you some real wood :thumbsup:.
 

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I just finished reading it thanks so much for the information. I also sent you a PM:smile:

Richard

Then you definitely need to read the thread I linked, it was for another member in Ma. There is a list of 50-60? local suppliers...that might be 1/2 of them :confused1:. Throw away that catalog/delete the link of that internet supplier from your favorites and go get you some real wood :thumbsup:.
 
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