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    Trip to Crosscut Hardwood in Seattle

    Yesterday my wife and I decided to take a day trip to Seattle. The goal was to visit Woodcraft, Rockler, downtown Seattle (used/rare bookstores, antique stores, craft stores, etc.) and Crosscut Hardwoods, the purpose of this thread.

    Crosscut is located just South of downtown Seattle, not far from the Mariners baseball stadium. This area is full of old warehouses and manufacturing buildings, most from early in the 20th century and some older. The location of Crosscut is in one of these old warehouses. It is a large warehouse with many rooms. I took these pictures with my camera phone.


    Last time I was here much of the floor space was taken up with giant slabs of waterfall bulbinga with tags of woodworking shops they were destined for. This time, most of it was gone. I found just a couple piles this time.
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    This section (below) is where they have stacked 16/4 and 12/4 rough hardwood.
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    This is a picture of where they stack the pallets that come from the trucks. They will break these piles down and stack them in their proper sections.
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    It is hard to convey the size of this place. I have to run out right now, but when I get back I will post some other observations and some pricing that I noted.
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 01-18-2009 at 08:59 PM.

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    I for one am interested since I need to visit our local one in Portland....
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    shoulda meet you sooner, then i could have had you for a guide to this place..wow what a lumber yard
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    Ok I am back. One of the reasons that I went down to Crosscut was to do a little scouting for wood that I will be needing in order to build a few benches. Just trying to get a feel for species, sizes and prices. I was looking for wood that would be relative inexpensive, but good for benches. Besides looking at your normal 8/4 in order to cut and set edgewise for glue up as a bench slab, I also was interested in just buying a giant thick slab for a top. That explains why I have so much pricing for the 16/4 sizes.

    I thought it would be interesting for others to see what is available to me in this area. I need to explain that the width of these rough slabs varied but many were around 12" or maybe slightly larger. With all that wood around me, my mind goes into a kind of fever and afterwards I am not sure what I saw. I only know the pricing because of the pictures I took.

    16/4 Rough Hardwood (no grade was stated)
    Eastern Ash 6.50/BF
    Popular 4.00/BF
    Khaya 8.50/BF
    Hard Maple 12.75/BF

    12/4 Rough Hardwood (no grade unless stated below)
    Eastern Ash 5.25/BF
    Popular 3.75/BF
    Red Oak 7.50/BF
    Hard Maple 9.00/BF

    8/4 (FAS except as noted)
    Northern White Oak SAB 6.75/BF
    Superior European Beech 5.00/BF

    Some other misc pricing (FAS)
    4/4 Popular S3S 2.95/BF
    1/2" Popular S2S 2.50/BF

    I was surprised to find the European Beech and what seemed to me a good price.
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 01-19-2009 at 12:24 AM. Reason: Big boo boo on the 16/4 hard maple pricing (not 2.75)

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    shoulda meet you sooner, then i could have had you for a guide to this place..wow what a lumber yard
    Probably better you did not. You would have rented a u-haul, loaded it up with alder and other NW species and drove back home. Not sure what your wife would have thought about that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    Probably better you did not. You would have rented a u-haul, loaded it up with alder and other NW species and drove back home. Not sure what your wife would have thought about that!
    Knowing Larry, I think you meant "you would have rented a u-haul and asked Griz to meet you there with an empty rig ..."

    I still remember my first (and, sadly, so far my only) trip to Lakeshore Hardwoods a local-ish 100% clear face dealer to me. Nowhere near as big as the operation you visited, but memorable nonetheless.

    Glad you and your wife had a good trip!

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    That is one big Woodworkers Candy Store! I would have had second thoughts of moving out of Tacoma if I had seen that place!
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    Man, that sure beats the hardwood store that I've found in my area. Surely somewhere in the greater LA area there's a decent hardwood warehouse, but I sure haven't found it yet. There's one in downtown LA that sounds promising, but they're only open weekdays, and I haven't made it down there when they're open yet.

    I priced 8/4 and 4/4 SAS poplar at Arroyo Hardwoods in Pasadena (they're about 20 minutes from my house) and it was over $5 per board foot. Since I was needing about 50 board feet for my dog gate, I passed and used pine from the Borg. (Arroyo wanted over $7/bf for select pine.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Man, that sure beats the hardwood store that I've found in my area. Surely somewhere in the greater LA area there's a decent hardwood warehouse, but I sure haven't found it yet. There's one in downtown LA that sounds promising, but they're only open weekdays, and I haven't made it down there when they're open yet.
    I agree Vaughn, there should be a good hardwood store in LA somewhere. I mean you have a huge market and transportation of Eastern Hardwood (US/Canadian) is not that much different to Seattle or LA. The only place Seattle should beat you would be local species.

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    WOW... overwhelming !!!

    This would be a place I should not visit....

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