I was on the phone with that lumber yard just down the street this morning just asking if they could get what I needed (they don’t have much on hand) and they called up their mill and it turns out they can get me some 8/4 6” -8” x 9’ – 10’ Red Oak stock for 4.50/BF. That was a smidge higher than I was looking to pay but they will deliver it to my house for free which saves me a lot on gas so it was a deal.
I placed an order for 60bf of the Red Oak and they will have it in on Thursday so it looks like I’ll be kicking up dust finally this weekend. I am going to go with Douglas Fir for the base since it is plentiful at my local orange store in various sizes and for cheap. I’m also planning to look at some of the exotic boards they had in the yard for some accents on the leg vise and end caps (why the heck not right?).
No progress pics of any kind just yet but it was an exciting day to finally get a supplier for the top!
Only thing left to do this week is make some room in the shop for the delivery and possibly make up a storage rack of some kind to keep it off the floor while I am building.
Now… I do have a question.. What kind of prep work on the wood will I need to do once I get it? I have only ever worked with big box wood before and never wood from a saw mill. I assume I’ll need to square an edge and plane to an even thickness then rip? Or square, rip then plane? How green is it usually? If it is green how long does oak typically take to dry enough to work? I guess I need to get a moisture meter. Any in particular on the market that don’t break the bank?
Sorry for the question spam I am just trying to prepare for Thursday.
Thanks for reading and keep those comments coming!
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"