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Any Iowa woodworkers have a hard time finding a lumber yard in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines that sells wood? I might have to explain my search history to my girlfriend....

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i dont live in iowa but use to.  did you look at any of these options....https://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/publications/PDF_files/F-301.pdf

http://www.thelogdawgs.com/index.php/en/

 

another option i can think of off the top of my head is the woodsmith store.

and yes a search of lumberyard and des moines will be a fun one to explain to your girlfriend. at least the search is legit! haha

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Well CR doesn't have really much of anything. Des Moines does have the Woodsmith Store and its a nice selection. But Iowa City has a hardwood dealer I just don't remember their name.

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I keep hearing rumors about a company in Iowa City, but have yet to actually find it. Have looked at the Woodsmith store... seems to be high prices to me. 

 

 

I know this is a somewhat old thread, but I live in Des Moines and recommend you check out Liberty Hardwoods in Ankeny.  Their prices and selection are very good.  

Next time I am in DSM I will look at Liberty hardwoods!

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Try Googling sawmills or sawyers. I live right across the river in Illinois and there are several small sawmills scattered around. They don't advertise and are usually are out in the middle of nowhere. Ask around, a rural mail carrier would be a good place to start.

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Ditto on Liberty Hardwoods.  They are where I buy almost all my material.  Good knowledgeable sales people.  They don't keep great hours for the hobbyist though.  Closed on weekends...

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I forgot about that Willie...  Good point.  They are only open till 5pm during the week as well which can make it difficult.  Typically, they prefer you call ahead to make an order and selecting your materials is usually discouraged or not allowed.  The plus side is you get the same price as those who buy in bulk which is usually half of what I pay at other stores.  Your order is shrink wrapped and delivered via forklift to your car / truck.  Can't beat that.  

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I know this is an older topic but i have a guy I met through Craigslist that sells oak, cherry,  walnut and cottonwood.  Hes on the NW Side of CR.  Its all rough cut but ive never gotten a bad deal and he's got really good pricing.  

Oh and Hi from CR

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