Guide to Hardwood Lumber In Kentucky

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Home » Buying Wood » Guide to Hardwood Lumber In Kentucky

In this guide to hardwood lumber in Kentucky we’ve searched and have a hand selected list of stores that specialize in hardwoods both retail and a few wholesalers.  While supply in Kentucky is focused on local supply of wood, there are a few options for the popular live edge slabs and exotic woods.

Where to buy hardwood lumber in Kentucky:

Don’t see a lumber supplier you frequent? Drop a note in the comments and we’ll add them.
 
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How to Buy Hardwood Lumber

When buying lumber it’s best to understand grading first. And while long, the above video from the American Hardwood Export Council is worth watching to learn grades.

And how you can optimize your hardwood purchase.

For example, if your project doesn’t need FAS grade a #1 common may save on your purchase. But, if you needed FAS it’s not usually worth cutting #1 into an FAS grade with scrap loss.

Overview: Hardwood Lumber in Kentucky

Kentucky features a solid diversity of hardwood sources, including:

  1. National retailers in urban areas
  2. Sawmills
  3. Traditional retailers with a range of exotics, carving wood and plywoods
  4. Reclaimed wood
  5. Urban sawmills 

And while Kentucky is spread out East to West, there are a good selection of sawmills between the metros to choose from.

Kentucky Woodworking Resources

Featured Kentucky Hardwood

Featured Hardwood

The Black Cherry is a highly sought after tree for woodworkers due to it’s rich color, ease to work with, and ability to easily finish. It’s best to check local sawmills (noted below) if you want to guarantee a locally sourced Cherry project.

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1. Bagdad Lumber

Overview

There is always one or two lumber suppliers in a state that specialize in the hardwood trade. And, Bagdad Lumber is one of those hardwood lumber specialists. With all species, domestic, exotics and a wealth of knowledge this is a must visit shop if you’re even a few hour drive from them.

Price List: Yes

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

2. Saw-Whet Hardwoods

Overview

With more urban areas and urban forests comes more opportunity to harvest mature trees into something other than firewood. And, in the Louisville area the urban hardwood supplier taking this job is Saw-Whet Hardwoods.

Why urban lumber? Well, besides the eco-friendly nature of using urban trees, you’ll have access to high quality trees and live edge slabs.

Price List: Yes

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

3. Boone Kenton Lumber

Overview

As part of a full service lumber yard, Boone Kenton carries the mainstream Oak, Cherry and other top species in their northern Kentucky lumber yard.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

4. Glasscock Sawmill

Overview

Located halfway between Louisville and Lexington, Glasscock Sawmill is a place to check for locally milled hardwood lumber in Kentucky.  While they may not have everything, they do process local logs (and are almost always looking for more).

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

5. Branch and Bark

Overview

Serving the Lexington area, Branch and Bark is an urban sawmill with a full collection of local raw lumber and live edge slabs.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: Yes

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

6. McInturf Sawmill and Kiln

Overview

With a logs to sawmill and into the kiln capability McIntur Sawmill is a good supplier to look up if you’re in the area. While their selection is advertised as limited, local wood is always desirable.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

7. Southern Vintage

Overview

Soutern Vintage specializes in selling beams, mantles, flooring and live edge furniture. And, one of the unique specialties they offer up is hardwood wall tiles reclaimed from old farms.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

8. Kentucky Wisewood

Overview

Featuring a great stock of reclaimed lumber, including barn wood, Kentucky Wisewood is popular for designers. And, with a collection of flooring, barn doors, live edge slabs and other specialties you’ll need to stop by to see their selection.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

9. The Woodworks

Overview

With Kentucky having a higher than normal variety of sawmills, The Woodworks makes the list with a selection of top local lumber from Cherry to Oaks. And, they offer up custom woodworking to help you setup or finish your project.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

10. Masters Post & Sawmill

Overview

Location can be the #1 determination of your hardwood supply, and with Masters Post & Sawmill you’ll have access to the top local lumber in the heart of Kentucky.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

Notable Lumber for Sale

Key Onsite Services & Supplies

Hardwood Lumber in Neighboring States

In Conclusion

Finding hardwood lumber in Kentucky isn’t too difficult but the drive (within the state) to one of the major metros for extended species can be required.

Due in part to the huge selection of local lumber, you’ll find a great selection of sawmills (and kilns) to find “exotic” local hardwoods.

Know of a few lumber yards that you think should be on the list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll take a look at adding. 

Last update on 2021-10-15 at 02:55 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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