Earlier on today I applied for a job in Seattle. At the time I was only
half-hearted, yet, after thinking about it, I realise I am quite qualified
for the position. So, if it were to come off, what is the area like for
acquiring wood? Expensive or not? I haven't been in the States since late
1999 and I never got to Seattle when I was there so I am not familiar with
This time though, I'll make sure I get to a WW show or two, and meet up with
some fellow moron bench dwellers!
I checked woodfinder for a very wide search since you didn't say
exactly what you wanted and there appear to be lots. The first 10
search criteria: Retail or retail/wholesale sales
businesses closest to zip code '98115'
Thank you for using WoodFinder!
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #2 Seattle WA (2 miles)
Compton Lumber & Hardware Seattle WA (6 miles)
Crosscut Hardwoods, Seattle Seattle WA (7 miles)
Hardwoods Supply, Inc. Redmond WA (8 miles)
Woodcraft Seattle WA (10 miles)
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #15 Tukwila WA (16 miles)
Edensaw Woods, Ltd. Port Townsend WA (37 miles)
The Wood Well Port Townsend WA (37 miles)
Western Green Woods Port Townsend WA (37 miles)
NW Wood Tacoma WA (38 miles)
Hope that helps,
Dave in Fairfax (with parents in Seattle)
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Expensive, but a great selection. S3S cherry at Crosscut goes for about $6-$7.
Compton is my choice for sheetgoods and construction grade lumber. They have
everything-- baltic birch in thicknesses from 1/8 to 3/4, 5 by 10 sheets of
particleboard for countertops, 2 thicknesses of bendable plywood for veneering.
Edensaw has a warehouse full of quality veneer in every species at great
prices and seems to encourage the hobbyist purchasing small quantities. I
can't say enough good things about that company. They also sell hardwood, but
I'm not familar with their prices.
I imagine that almost any hardwood that was harvested in the United States,
and then needed to be shipped 2500 miles, then retailed, would be
On the other hand, the Seattle portion of the world has marvelous native
woods in great variety and abundance, with which artisans have been
creating really nice things, for generations.
One of the great activities I have been wanting to see in the Northwest is
the wooden boat building gatherings. I can do straight and plumb, but if
one of my tables isn't exactly perfect, nobody has to go swimming. The
folks who build wooden craft that brave the ocean when everything isn't
just perfect deserve a whole different level of respect, in my mind. I
suspect they have much from which I could learn.
Some September, maybe....
who would REALLY like to visit some of the Viking museums someday, being of
Woodworking?!?! You philistine, we don't cut down trees in Seattle, we hug
Besides, haven't you heard about the constant rain? We make everything
out of plastic and concrete. With the rain and being so close to salt
water, all of our tools rust out anyway. ;-)
I have purchased wood from Crosscut hardwoods, the local Rockler
franchise, and Hardwoods Supply. I have not found any great bargains on
wood at these locations.
If you are in town, check out the showroom for Northwest Fine Woodworking
in downtown Seattle: http://www.nwfinewoodworking.com/
Hmmm, doesn't "Seattle" mean "42 degrees and raining" in the Haida,
Siuattle, and other Indian languages?
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