The J. Gibson McIlvain Company has been providing high quality wood products since 1798 and is a trusted and well known name in the wholesale lumber business.
Our global reach makes us a powerful distributor of both domestic and imported, exotic hardwood lumber such as Teak, Genuine Mahogany, and Ipe.
We supply hardwood plywood in many popular species as well as Marine Grade plywood in Bruynzeel Okoume and Douglas Fir. J. Gibson McIlvain also offers hardwood moulding services with our extensive millwork catalog and custom profiles available upon request.
Our millwork department is prepared to create your custom mouldings, run your flooring, create panel layups, or run entire millwork packages for your project; we’ll then ship it nationwide right to your job site.
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you determine the right product for your project and even suggest alternatives when budgets are tight and supply is low. With over 7 million board feet in stock and our own trucking fleet, we can deliver top quality materials just in time wherever your project is located. We are the wholesale lumber experts.
Plywood is confusing. There, I said it. Especially when it comes to how the sheet of plywood is constructed. You can have 2 panels of identical species and thickness, but is one sheet the same as the other? Is a 3/4 sheet with 12 plies actually better than a 3/4 sheet with 6 plies? As […]
Easy answer: you can’t… That’s not entirely true. You could dry the timbers in a vacuum kiln and definitely not use them outside and keep them away from direct sunlight. Probably a good idea to speak in low, soothing tones around those timbers too. I joke, but the reality is that these cracks or checks […]
One of the things than can be very difficult when working with wood is the range of colors you find within a single species. What makes it even more difficult is that all woods will change color throughout the process from sawmill to finished project and then years down the road. Wood like all materials […]
We are fortunate to get the opportunity to consult on and provide materials for a lot of cool and even historic projects. The Salk Institute in San Diego, designed by renown architect Louis Kahn in 1965, was just such a project. Kahn’s creation of concrete with Teak window walls is striking but in recent years […]
I have written briefly about how Walnut is graded differently from other North American hardwoods, but it seems that customers are still surprised by the apparent lack of quality in Walnut lumber. Usually these inquiries are met with surprise on the part of our grading team, as our graders were quite proud of the quality […]
When you buy decking boards, they are already planed on 4 faces (S4S) and usually have the sharp corners eased (E4E). Depending on whether you are face screwing or using a clip system, there may or may not be a groove routed on the edges. This is a product ready to install right? But is […]