Covid 19 Wood Store Update - December 21, 2020

Our retail wood store is open via appointment only though same day appointments are always available. Masks and social distancing are required, and please bring your own tape measure!

Email or call 224-801-1969 for an appointment ahead of time and let us know what you are looking for. Only one customer (or related party) at a time will be allowed in the store with social distancing and masks being required. Our Covid policies have worked out very well so far and we remain commited to keeping everyone safe.

Our wood store, Great Spirit Hardwoods, offers hardwood lumber, live edge slabs, custom table tops and machining services to woodworkers, cabinetmakers and design professionals in the Chicago suburbs.

We offer quality hardwoods, sold by the board foot, at unmatched pricing and can provide you with hardwood lumber that you can depend on to increase your yield and profit margin on that next woodworking project.

Introducing Great Spirit Hardwoods | Dependable quality hardwood lumber at fair price points in the Chicago area... Finally.

As furniture makers and designers with years of experience in wood working, we came to the conclusion that there was a void when it came to a hardwood source in the greater Chicago area that offered fair pricing and dependable quality in kiln dried, select and better hardwood lumber. We have experience in years past with twisted, "wet" and warped boards, lumber that is excessively surfaced to allow zero room for error and of course price gouging on hardwoods that shouldn't cost a fortune. To counter the hardwood lumber quality and pricing issues in the Chicago area, we have developed national sources of hardwood lumber that are priced fairly and is of the highest quality. Our buying power through our wood store and furniture making business has allowed us to share savings with local crafts persons, wood workers cabinet makers and fellow furniture makers. We are a small Mom and Pop operation, but we can deliver quality at a fair price point from a handful of pen blanks, to a small book-matched set for a table top to hundreds of board feet, priced fairly without "wide board up-charges".

A bit about our hardwood lumber, rescued slabs and our custom table tops: Our hardwood lumber, custom table tops and slabs in Cherry, African Mahogany, Sapele, Walnut, Ash, Hickory, Maple and other species are guaranteed to make your next woodworking project more profitable through both our fair pricing and quality of materials. We stock only the finest hardwoods, often hand selected and always sorted for grain and color quality and consistency. We specialize in live edge Black Walnut that is taken and carefully kiln dried from large storm downed and fallen trees which provides wide boards of superior grain, texture and color.

Thicknessing options, machining, wide belt sanding to make your job or hobby easier: Our hardwoods offer our customers options instead of limitations in that most of our hardwoods are rough sawn with some being skip planed but are always over sized, thickness wise, which allows you to "work" without the worry of wasting a valuable board. Our hardwoods are flat enough to joint and surface with room to spare in whatever nominal thickness is relevant. That said, we also offer jointing of boards to 16", edge jointing, surfacing to 37" and true finish sanding via our finely tuned wide belt sander but only offer services on hardwoods purchased from GSHW. Our solid hardwood table tops and live edge slabs are available sanded, finished or including a base. Our custom table tops are crafted using select wide boards, have meticulous glue joints, are always machine flat and are wide belt sanded to a smooth yet open scratch pattern that will make your finishing job a breeze.

Discover Great Spirit Hardwoods, our hardwood lumber, custom table tops and live edge slabs, click image to explore.

We offer quality select and better hardwoods that are dimensionally thick, clear, flat and straight allowing our customers to increase their profit margin.

We also offer very fair price points on our by the board foot hardwood pricing and customers often take advantage of our ongoing "sale pricing" for additional savings on our premium hardwoods. Whether your job calls for 150 board feet or you are looking for short stock or pen blanks, you will find that our hardwoods are priced right and are of dependable quality. We offer many local and exotic species of hardwoods including Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Sapele Mahogany, Ash, Walnut and more. We also offer book matched sets of differing hardwoods in full boards and in sizes perfect for a cocktail or occasional table.

explore the hardwood lumber we carry such as Walnut, Cherry, Salele, Maple, Hickory and Oak, for sale in the Chicago suburbs at our wood store, Great Spirit Hardwoods in East Dundee, Illinois

Visit our Hardwood Lumber Store, serving quality hardwood to the Chicago suburbs from easily accessible East Dundee, IL.

Feel free to visit us or call for information about our hardwood lumber and live edge slabs or for wide belt sanding and machining services or for our custom table top products. Our Mom and Pop hardwood lumber store is located in beautiful downtown, East Dundee, Illinois and we can serve you with quality whether you need a few pen blanks or want amazing pricing on a 250 board feet or more of select and better kiln dried hardwood.

Explore our hardwood slab and lumber store serving the Chicago suburbs with select kiln dried boards and live edge slabs in Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, Mahogany and more - Great Spirit Hardwoods in East Dundee, Illinois

Solid book-matched live edge slabs, slab tables and tops and custom table tops in Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Ash, Mahogany and other fine hardwoods.

We offer a vast array of stunning and unique slabs, flitches and live edge hardwoods for table tops, kitchen islands, conference tables and desks. Our local slab hardwoods are rescued from large, storm downed and fallen trees. Our slabs are offered in both finished and unfinished states and as rough lumber or surfaced and sanded ready for the finish of your choice. Read more about our hardwood slabs, live edge furniture tops and our custom made hardwood table tops for DIY, furniture and cabinet makers and for restaurant, office & commercial installations through Spiritcraft Furniture.

Solid hardwood live edge slabs and custom table tops from Chicago suburbs lumber store, Great Spirit Hardwoods in East Dundee, IL

Machining, surfacing, wide belt sanding and woodworking services that will increase your productivity and profit margin.

We offer woodworking services to our lumber clients and to woodworkers and cabinetmakers, but only from hardwoods purchased at GSHW. We are also furniture makers and can offer the quality you should expect to make your job easier. We can perform surfacing, straight edge, wide belt sanding and perform glue ups to the hardwood lumber you purchase at hourly rates. We also make custom hardwood tops and furniture parts to fellow woodworkers who might not have the space for industrial sized equipment in their shops. Our hardwood table tops, crafted in wide boards and finish sanded machine flat will save you hours and allow you to concentrate on other aspects of furniture making. Note: we do not machine or sand hardwood that was purchased elsewhere.

Woodworking and machining services, legs, aprons and tops for cabinetmakers, craftsman and furnituremakers, jointing and wide belt sanding in Chicago suburbs by Great Spirit Hardwoods in East Dundee, Illinois

To learn more about our hardwood lumber & slabs, special order discounts and woodworking services, call 224-801-1969 or email us at

Our Mission and Service Area

Our mission is simple, to provide our clients with unmatched quality solid hardwood lumber and slabs that will work for them and make their projects easier to complete. We know very well how important the quality of materials is to furniture making, cabinetmaking and woodcraft in general. We are furniture designers and experienced wood workers and our past experience with twisted, unstable and warped wood of sub-par quality has given us the motivation to bring quality hardwoods at fair prices to the Chicago suburban area. We are here to answer questions and to discuss how our hardwood lumber, machining services, table top and live edge slab products can enhance our clients woodworking and cabinetmaking business. Great Spirit Hardwoods is located in East Dundee, Illinois and serves the Barrington, Arlington Heights, Algonquin, Libertyville, Long Grove, St Charles, Vernon Hills, Lake Forest, Cary, McHenry, Woodstock, Rockford, Lake Geneva and Glenview areas in the Chicago suburbs. We also have a long list of loyal national clients who have patronized us for our solid hardwood furniture, live edge slab and table top products.

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Chicago area source for kiln dried live edge slabs.