Where To Buy Wood For Woodworking Projects Local and Online

Where To Buy Wood For Woodworking Projects Local and Online

Where is the best places to buy wood for woodworking projects? There are so many wood choices for woodworking. I buy lumber for my DIY furniture and other projects from a variety of places both local and online depending on the wood species. I like to buy from local lumber yards if possible but have also bought a lot of lumber from Home Depot and Lowes to build my woodworking projects. Buying construction grade lumber for woodworking projects can be challenging because it is very hard to find straight boards. I show you how to find wood for your projects. Also we will discuss where to buy hardwood for projects both locally and online. Here is all the basic info you need to get started buying lumber. You can buy wood online for your woodworking projects both large and small. Below are links to the places I recommend. In this video, I show you where to find hardwood for woodworking projects. I even bought a variety box of hardwood from Amazon and open it on this video. Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description and they help support this channel.

*Online Lumber Buying*
Amazon Mystery Wood Variety Pack: https://amzn.to/3oAdAdO
Buy wood from Rockler: https://www.rockler.com/wood
Buy wood from Woodworkers Source: https://www.woodworkerssource.com/
Les Steen Hardwood: http://www.steenhardwoods.com/
Where I buy all my hardwoods now: https://www.wtghardwoods.com

*Videos To Watch Next*
How To Start Woodworking: https://youtu.be/YL2gufyZ3_o
Two Small Projects for Beginners: https://youtu.be/-dabPELCUdo
How to Sell Woodworking: https://youtu.be/DCyBplfL2dU
Make Money Woodworking Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pIKH-BCLoA&list=PLWVlC66wUw8bSPMGr0N2QZlMPvslZyIet

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0:00 Intro
1:17 Road Trip to Little Rock, AR
2:50 Story about helping others
3:29 Buying Wood from Home Depot
4:09 Buying Wood From Lowe’s
5:50 Buying Hardwood from Lowe’s
6:34 Consignment Shop for Selling Woodworking
8:04 Buying Wood Locally
10:26 Buying Hardwood Local
11:48 Buying Wood Online
14:23 Opening a Mystery Box of Wood
16:52 Power Tip

Disclaimer: Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description and they help support this channel. By clicking on the links and purchasing items it provides me a very small commission but cost you nothing extra. It is a great way to support small creators like me. I appreciate the support more than you know!

Working with wood and power tools is inherently dangerous. Anyone using any of the tools or supplies used in these videos are personally responsible for learning the proper techniques involved, and he or she assumes all risks and accepts complete responsibility for any and all damages and injury of any kind.

Before using any hand or power tool with which you are unfamiliar, consult its operating instructions, and if necessary, seek instruction by a qualified person well versed in its operation and appropriate safety techniques.

731 Woodworks is intended for entertainment purposes only. There are no warranties implied and your results may differ from ours. You should NOT rely solely upon the information and techniques discussed and displayed in these videos. Rather, you should fully research each technique and decide for yourself what is the safest possible work method for you.

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  1. Bob Keith on January 26, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    FYI, You can register your "Business" with Lowes & Home depot and get a **20%** discount on tools, lumber and everything else in the store. That’s a pretty good savings. Recommend you have a business card or some other proof of being in business and not just a hobby. If you have an EIN number from your state; it will open a lot of doors if you look around. Just register as a LLC, which your CPA should be able to do for a reasonable price. You may be able to do it yourself online, depending on your state.

  2. rob s on January 26, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I find home Depot is better with lumber. But my rule is 8ft and under with boards. If I need over that, I know I’ll be standing there going through all their stock just to find something straight.

  3. Jeff T on January 26, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    @5:31 That isn’t a fisheye lens. That is actual Lowe’s bowing, right?

  4. Gary DeRuiter on January 26, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I use to work for Home Depot they do carry red oak maple cedar poplar

  5. manikandan ganesh on January 26, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    the reason your marriage has stayed strong for 21 years is because you are honest and humble. all of us can see those 2 qualities overflowing in your videos. women love those 2 qualities as well. my best wishes to you from India and hope u two hit 50 together

  6. Richard Coleman on January 26, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Send help 😂😂😂

  7. Chuck Johnson on January 26, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    My wife and I have had a Great marriage, only one fight in 25 years, but it was a doozie. Didn’t see my bride for 3 days and when I did she was on her knees begging my forgiveness. She had lifted up the bed skirt and promised me she wouldn’t hit me again. I could only see her through my right eye, just a little.

  8. Eldon Beyea on January 26, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Do you ever buy rough lumber and plane it with that Dewalt planer in your shop?

  9. Frank Budde on January 26, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Saw the video on getting wood from Amazon, I tried it and OMG(gosh), the wood was awesome, started making cutting boards and a lazy Susan, Thanks for the Tip, I really like your videos, even purchased a couple of plans.

  10. Kentucky Beardsman on January 26, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Hahahahahaha. My wife is the same way. Love when I listen. Lol

  11. Emmanuel Serrato on January 26, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    My guy looks like a bald Dwight yoakam hell yeah!

  12. MissBeans on January 26, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I’m not sure if all that wood is the same species, but that second board you picked up is definitely poplar. I have a vintage dresser made out of it, the drawer fronts look just like that. Beautiful!

  13. Wing_GundamZero_ on January 26, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Home depot always has better wood I think

  14. Donna Shue on January 26, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Matt! It’s wonderful that you speak so freely about your feelings! Unfortunately, most men don’t!

  15. baxter rinehart on January 26, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    That 2nd piece looked like poplar

  16. Matthew McLean on January 26, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    I love how you love your wife.

  17. B. Kennedy on January 26, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Home Depot has better lumber than Lowes.

  18. Peter Floyd on January 26, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I have seen other Mallett videos but I would really like to see how you make yours. I find that many (if not all) of your videos, I will learn something new and I don’t consider myself a beginner. Keep up the great work.

    P.S. If I wanted to share some pictures with you of some projects that you have inspired me to build, how would I be able to show you.

  19. Brett Raper on January 26, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Matt I’m so glad that I was able to stumble upon you and your wife’s channel. I recently just started being interested in wood working and helping father in law with projects for me and my wife helps too. I’m glad to find a Christian wood working channel. God bless you both

  20. Chuck Maddox on January 26, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    As far as "big box stores" go, Menards is a much better place for lumber compared to the big 2. Imho

  21. HeavyHandedDame on January 26, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for uploading this. I’m just getting into woodwork and I live in Little Rock! This was exactly what I needed to know!

  22. Stans Bruv on January 26, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Keep listening to Mrs 731! Thanks for doing what you do!

  23. Ryan Woodhouse on January 26, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    If you have Amish around they can be good to work with as well!

  24. Richard Cagle on January 26, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Holy crap man, where do you live? 1.5hrs to get to home depot? Insanity. Also, I know I used to be able to get #1 pine boards at lowes and depot. Not any more. At least not where I currently live

  25. Robert Moreno on January 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Ha Ha Ha! Too Funny! Blessings… 🙂

  26. Joseph Of Borg on January 26, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    my wife and I are also blessed with the same type of marriage

  27. GuitarPro357 on January 26, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Bell Forest is a great online source of all hardwood and exotic wood.

  28. 731 Woodworks on January 26, 2022 at 9:59 pm

  29. Roger Culver on January 26, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I found a guy with a sawmill the other day. Red oak was only $40 for an 8 ft 23 inches wide. All kiln dried too!

  30. beth savoie on January 26, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    looks a lot like Ash

  31. PaganWizard on January 26, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    When you’re shopping a big box store for lumber, even if it’s just for shop furniture or a jig for a table or band saw, or a router table. Look for lumber that is marked KD-HT. That stands for Kiln Dried-Heat Treated. Generally this lumber is going to be much straighter than just about anything else they’re selling, and that’s because it has been kiln dried AND heat treated. The moisture level in this lumber is going to be very low compared to lumber that has only been kiln dried. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to really worry about the lumber twisting, cupping or bowing, after it has been ripped, re-sawed, or cross cut.

  32. Tony Price on January 26, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    If you want one of the better selections of ‘big box stores lumber’, take a look at Home Depot in North Little Rock. With regards to box stores, I’ve had better luck finding excellent boards here than anywhere else.

  33. William Baldwin on January 26, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    What wood would you buy to make drink coasters and cutting boards? How thick should the be.

  34. Nick Brutanna on January 26, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    One odd place you can sometimes get big sheets of lumber from is church pews. Sometimes a church redoes their space, and replaces their pews, and they get down to a few left over (usual sales are from expanding or renovating established churches to newer churches, who may have less space) and you can sometimes get those for a surprisingly low price.

  35. Nick Brutanna on January 26, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    I know you like "positive", but… bad experience — 84 Lumber, a major chain, often used by contractors:

    18 months ago, I bought some project wood for replacing a wooden plank porch. I finally got down to having the time to tackle the project, to find that, out of >$1000 in wood (BEFORE prices jacked up to 3x what they were before — so, about a buck a board foot) — probably more than 60 boards — mostly 2x6s @ 8, 10, 12, and 16′ — and they appear to have given me every (beep beep) LIVE EDGE on the lot. Many of the boards have TWO live edges, making them much more trouble to condition properly before painting, as you have to remove the bark, and there are only limited ways for doing that…

    If they’d been honest had said, "We really don’t like doing less than $5000 an order (or something similar)", I would not have been upset. It would just be their business model.

    If they’d been honest enough to have a "trouble fee" for orders less than $5000 (or something similar), I’d have respected that, too. Again, business model.

    But they took the order, took my money, and then selected for my order, every blasted live edged, gouged and otherwise messed up piece of lumber on the lot. More than a third of the boards have live edges. Much more than a dozen have double live edges. Some of the boards have major cross-sections which are about half the rated width, due to those double live edges. Many have gouges, as well, or significant cracks on the corners. Just all around very mediocre lumber at best. I would have gotten much better lumber if I’d just gone to Lowes or HD and had them randomly pick boards out of their back yard.

    84 will never ever get my business ever again. Not only that, if I have something contracted, I will make it a condition of the work to not use those (ahem!) under any circumstances, and I will demand to see the purchase orders to be sure they did not use them.

  36. Ceth Hannis on January 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    This is the very reason why I like this channel. It reminds me why I began learning woodworking in the first place: for my wife and my daughter. I didn’t want to be that Dad my little girl couldn’t rely on to fix anything… So I learned how to fix and build anything for her and my wife. Actually, I’m going to go and let them know I love them very much! Thank yall, my friend’s.

  37. Godzilla on January 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Too many cheaper poplar boards in that box…

  38. Stephen James on January 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    I buy 95% of my wood from local saw millers. An important buying strategy is to buy a lot of what you need because it might not be there tomorrow. I bought a bunch of walnut from my buddy and 2 years later there was none to be found. Fortunately I had bought enough of the walnut that it carried me through the drought. I make custom cutting boards and I need lengths from 12 to 24 inches and I am willing to buy imperfect, warped and split hardwoods because I get them cheap. The average woodworker wants clear, straight and perfect wood and the saw mills are full of imperfect wood and I buy it up cheap because an 8 foot piece of walnut might have a 1/2 inch warp in it and if I cut it into the lengths I need I end up with about 1/16 of an inch warp that is easily flattened on my jointer. Hope this helps others! God Bless!

  39. Bill Boy on January 26, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    The box contained first piece was ash, – there are several pieces of red oak the one piece that was early in your pic was poplar I did not see any walnut. You live in Arkansas you should have plenty of outlets for small sawmills that mill local hardwood like walnut. I live in Arizona I visit woodworkers source anytime I’m in Phoenix, a little pricey but the wood is always very nice and they have a large selection of exotics. But when it comes to buying hardwood I just go to the hardwood dealers. Phoenix area the prices are great, I have noticed that prices of hardwoods in areas where it actually grows are more expensive than what we pay in Phoenix. Enjoyed seeing what I came out of that box though. Don’t build furniture out of construction grade unless you plan on letting it sit a long time to dry and it doesn’t finish well. If you can get it I would recommend they use of it is Ponderosa pine and Sugar Pine if you like pine.

  40. WonkaMyWilly on January 26, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Reminds me of trips to Home Depot and Lowes with my gf (hopefully future fiance). Thanks for helping getting me into woodworking.

  41. Joshua P on January 26, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve been looking for this information!! Thank you.

  42. Playa on January 26, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    That was an excellent
    video thank you for the information.

  43. baxter rinehart on January 26, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I find it interesting you’re from Monticello. I live in crossett now but originally from Mer Rouge La.

  44. Joe Castner on January 26, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Ash and then poplar first.

  45. Jennifer Kelly on January 26, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Yes, please. Mallet time

  46. Jennifer Kelly on January 26, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Also, do you have digital blue prints?

  47. Wayne Lampe on January 26, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Where do get your t-shirts.

  48. Jody Pope on January 26, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    private sawmills could pop up everywhere

  49. Cory Wauthier on January 26, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    First board looks like white ash. The second is definitely poplar. A piece of cedar and maybe some maple kind of hard to tell! Awesome channel man

  50. Kevin Burk on January 26, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Wow. I used to live Monticello about 4 years ago. Wish I had found this then!