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TM reader Steve writes: “The Tool Tlak podcasts have been (happily) woodworking-heavy lately, and I wanted to add this to your suggestion to visit your local hardwood supplier.  Here on the west side of LA there are a few dealers, but I have been generally unhappy with their selection and prices.  I could drive and go find stuff — and love to do so — but I’d rather spend my weekends building.  During a recent remodel, I wanted a custom vanity that was really more furniture like  — I built my kitchen cabinets as well, but they were MDF boxes on toe-kicks essentially.  I found this website that offers a huge selection of woods, great descriptions, and excellent value, especially compared to my local suppliers. 

“Their best deals are on their ‘Project Packs’ (20 bd.ft.) and ‘Craft Packs’ (10 bd.ft.) which are value priced and include shipping.  My 20 bd.ft. of Bubinga was about $250 including shipping, it arrived very well packed (stacked and wrapped in cardboard and shrink) and was an excellent board selection.  You can contact them if you have special needs and they guys there even have a great sense of humor.”

“I know most Toolmongers (including myself) would rather hand-pick their boards, but these are guys that I can trust to do it for me when I don’t have that luxury.”

Woodworker’s Source [Corporate Site]


4 Responses to Material Source: Hardwood From Woodworker’s Source

  1. Mark says:

    If you are in Indiana/Ohio, this is a great place to get wood.
    They will deliver large quantities, but it is even better to go and look at their “seconds” in the outlet store. Note that they specialize in quarter-sawn lumber. I have a piece of quarter-sawn sycamore from their outlet. It was cheap and has incredible figure. I’ll have to post a picture of it someday. I also got a van-load of quarter-sawn white oak (think Stickley craftsman furniture) from them. I wish I had to the time to do all these projects …

  2. Michael W. says:

    If you don’t have a local source of nice wood than by all means use the internet!

    Locally sourced wood is best when it’s actually locally grown wood anyway. It’s kinda funny, most of my customers demand strange exotic woods from far away or wood that’s been grown and milled locally (within 20 miles of their house).

  3. AZ_Engineer says:

    We have Woodworkers source at two locations here in Phoenix. I can only speak for the location in Tempe AZ, (used to be in South Phoenix). Be aware that the way they measure wood is WAY in their favor. Every other commercial and retail place I’ve used over the past 30 years measures the width at the narrowest useable place, and the length at the shortest place on the board. Also, say the board is cut at an angle on the ends, and it’s 99 1/4 inches measured the longest way and 96 inches the shortest way. Woodworkers source will use a tape measure, measure the 99 1/4″ way, and round up to the nearest inch. Then on width, say the board has rough sides, and it is wider at one end than the other. This is very commen. Woodworkers wource will measure the board at the widest point, round UP to the nearest inch, and then use that width. In my experience with them their measuring “system” adds about 10%. IN Addition, their prices are at the very high end of retail, and the quality is well below what commercial shops will accept…joe

  4. Thanks for the good post about Woodworkers Source! We appreciate it.

    As to Joe’s issues with measuring lumber (above), I can’t speak specifically. But I can emphasize that we measure using NHLA rules, as should any hardwood lumber dealer. In the case where a board’s width tapers, the rules state you have to measure the width one-third of the length from the narrow end – and it’s our policy to adhere to NHLA rules in this regard. So if your experience is different, please bring it up with the store manager so we can get the problem fixed. Then we’d all benefit.

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