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Where do you purchase lumber?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by silen7ce, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. silen7ce


    Dec 11, 2006
    I'm starting to do my own body designs and would like to find a relatively cheap place to purchase wood. I dont need top quality but I also dont want to be working with pine from the local home depot. I havent been able to find much locally so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it online?

  2. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    where is local?

    there just may be hidden treasure chests in your area

    all the best,

  3. woodfinder.com

    type in the wood you want to find, and your ZIP

    presto....all the local places in your area.

    Tip: type in an exotic species like ebony or cocobolo and you're likely to find places with a larger selection.
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Some people here have gotten some really nice maple and poplar from Home Depot.
  5. SirBass


    Jan 1, 2007
    Sweet home...
    "nice poplar" in my opinion that is an oxymoron.
  6. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Ive seen really nice pieces of poplar here.
  7. allenhumble


    Oct 22, 2004
    Acworth GA.
    Not from home depot but.... Black poplar burl.
  8. DSB1


    Mar 8, 2006
    Be very careful where you get your lumber. There are a thousand exotic wood dealers and I've had my share of bad transactions from more than a few.

    One particular dealer sent me a paduak board when I ordered bubinga, and the post office called and told me to pick up my wood. I started thinking "now how do they know there is wood in my package?" Well, there was no package, just a slab of paduak with my address written on it in permanent marker. I called the place to complain and they basically told me I was wrong and they would not refund the difference. Sorry guys, I know the difference.

    Try out Gallery Hardwoods. Larry is a great guy who treats everyone right and knows his stuff.
  9. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    You obviously haven't seen some of the high end poplars then. Burled poplar is just on a whole different level.
  10. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    That's the nicest poplar I've ever seen...

    I get *most* of my wood at my local Windsor Plywood in Spokane, WA. They have a reasonable selection... not fantastic, by any means, but decent... most of the *highly* figured stuff is "held out" and purchased by the employees rather than being available to the public. However, they always have large quantities of alder, purpleheart, bloodwood, cocobolo, bubinga, wenge, paudauk, walnut, mahogany, Spanish cedar, etc.

    If I want anything fancy, I order from Larry at Gallery. For most of my neck stock, I just go to Windsor, as they have decent flame maple, as well as the woods mentioned above, many of which I use for laminations in neck like this one (all wood from Windsor on this piece):


    That maple came out of their 1"x2" bin, and was perfectly quartered when flipped on it's side... their cost was something like $1.50 lin. ft. 10' or so gives me all the stock I need for a bold on or glued in neck, including those narrow laminations
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Anexotichardwood.com is my preffered place. Mitch and his gang have been wonderful to me for over ten years now. Great crew there and I just ordered a piece of this stuff:


    I love seeing stuff I have never seen before like Black and White Ebony ^
  12. rta


    Jan 25, 2005
  13. rta


    Jan 25, 2005
    Any suggestions on sources and instructions - specifically interested in neck-through design and truss rods. Thanks
  14. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008
    Try a Klingspors wood working shop if there is one in your area.
    They do have a small lumber room w/ 1/2 tp 2" thick boards.
    But also wander around the store, they seem to drop nice chunks of wood where ever space is available.
    They also have packaged pieces that would work for tops and/or bottoms in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2" thick pieces.

    I've seen alder,walnut,bubinga, cocobolo, padauk, wenge, purpleheart, swampash, redwood(heart?) and some killer looking wormy looking maple at my local store.

  15. +1 on these guys...i'm fortunate enough to live about 30 minutes away from the warehouse, I got my lignum, ziricote and spruce from them. What a great place to explore! I'm about to take a trip up there to find wood for build #2.
  17. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    I LOVE palemoon ebony.

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