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Trying to find other good wood sources and your favorites in the Chicago area. I've mostly used OWL Lumber over in Lombard. Been to another store in Sycamore but haven't really purchased anything there yet. Any other recommendations?

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I have been wanting to check out that mill in Sycamore but havent yet. Not as convient for you sice I see you are in Aurora but I have been going across the border to kettle Moraine in WI, their prices are quite better than where you have been and have offset the gas. I'm in Schaumburg so mostly familar with places on the North side, other places I know of but not visited yet are Urban forest products in Skokie and there is also a place on the North side on Elston Ave around Belmont but I cant remember the name.

I can tell you the OWL in Des Plaines has a much better selection IMO than the Lombard store.

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I have been wanting to check out that mill in Sycamore but havent yet. Not as convient for you sice I see you are in Aurora but I have been going across the border to kettle Moraine in WI, their prices are quite better than where you have been and have offset the gas. I'm in Schaumburg so mostly familar with places on the North side, other places I know of but not visited yet are Urban forest products in Skokie and there is also a place on the North side on Elston Ave around Belmont but I cant remember the name.

I can tell you the OWL in Des Plaines has a much better selection IMO than the Lombard store.

I do travel quite a bit in the Midwest,next time I'm through WI I'll have to check that mill out in Moraine. OWL in Lombard seems to have a better selection than the shop in Sycamore. The places here do seem a bit expensive. Been using Menards for S4S red oak and looks like their S3S red oak and hard maple look to be okay for conveniency.

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there is a mill down by kankakee that i buy my domestic woods from. if you inturested i can give you his number. he give me good rates and often just give me his scrap. and i have been told that paxton lumber company is realy good and decent prices.

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Just over the border there is a place called Badger Hardwood. I've gotten a few projects worth of wood from them. Nice guys with a good selection. Prices are pretty good as well. Only issue I have had with them is their hours. 8-4 Monday through Friday. Both times I was there I had to take time off from work.

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If your traveling in Wisconsin near Green Bay. Check out my friend Bob Kloes he has all kinds of figured hardwoods. A good stand up guy. Give him an e-mail or a call for a price list. He can even ship the wood to your door step using FedEx freight. He is a furniture maker and sells hardwoods he personally selects from various mills he visits around northern Wisconsin and in the UP of Michigan.

-Ace-

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I've actually just started with woodworking, but I have done an enormous amount of research. Horigan Urban Forest in Skokie and Great Spirit Hardwoods in Dundee are both good. I'm looking at going to the mill in Kirkland.

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On 6/22/2016 at 8:38 PM, BeautysBeast said:

Kettle Moraine hardwoods in Caledonia. About 10 miles north of the border off of 94. Great selection. Good prices.

Never knew this place existed in the countless times i've passed by!  You just made my day!

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