I was really intimidated when I first started thinking about going to a mill or lumberyard to purchase wood. I have no idea what I’m doing. I just have a plan for a router table that calls for poplar. I didn’t want to waste people’s time and I didn’t want to look like an idiot.
I watched a few videos at the wood whisperer and am feeling a little better about going to get some wood. Here is the area on the website for new woodworkers.” http://thewoodwhisperer.com/new-to-woodworking/
They had a few videos there that explained the differences between flat, rip, and quarter sawn wood. What some of the grading means and even difference in size between a raw piece of wood and one that’s finished.
I think i’m ready to go purchase some wood for my first project. Since it’s just a workshop item, I’m not really concerned with the look of the wood i’m getting. I do know that I have to get it already prepared since I don’t have a planer or jointer.
If anyone has any advise, please let me know.
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. The videos i watched did mention the S4S and S2S desgnation so I did learn that. But I didn’t remember the FAS term but they did mention that if you can handle some knots that a lesser quality of wood could be substantially cheaper. They also mentioned that if i was going to be cutting smaller pieces and could work around any imperfections that you can save money by using a lower quality piece.
I do have an additional question though. When I went to the big box stores i didn’t see any dimensional lumber. Only construction wood like 2×4’s 1×8’s etc or plywood. I think I remember only seeing 1 thickness of MDF. I don’t know whether I was looking in the wrong area or if mine just don’t carry that material.
But the videos I watched really pointed away from the Big Box places saying that the prices would be higher even if i could find what I was looking for. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.