Damian posted a blog and was asking about dimensioning a board that was bowed.
When I read his title I thought he might be asking my question. It wasn’t so I’m going to ask it here.
When I buy wood at the sawmill I usually get 5/4 stock so that when it dries it’s still a little over 1” thick and can be planed to a great board. Sometimes the wood is 1 3/8 to 1 1/2” thick. Should all of this wood be planed to 13/16 or so. Or is it desirable to keep them thicker in areas where a thicker board is not a problem. Top, bottom, aprons, shelves. I wouldn’t put thick boards on one side and not put it on the other side. Or, one thick shelf and not all shelves.
I don’t like making extra shavings if it’s not usually required. I was looking at a stack yesterday of some maple, about 300 bd ft (Surface area) that is almost all dried and still 1 1/4” thick. They all look to be flat and would not require major surfacing to eliminate defects (bow, cup and twist).
So what kind of machining is required or suggested. (I don’t plan on resawing 3/8” off to salvage some of the wood). This pile is a combination of tiger, ambrosia, and burl all mixed up, and in some cases all three in the same board.
If it went to some boxes, it could be resawn perfectly to 1/2+ thickness. But 300 BD ft of box material is a lot.
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