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The Craftsman's Path #9: The benefits of rough lumber for design and building

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 2495 days ago 889 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was out this weekend at a friend’s place where some logging is being done (I’ll be posting about that in the near future).

I started to think about the process of gathering lumber for use in the design and building of furniture projects. The work being done at my friends was very small scale when compared to any kind of a commercial operation however, it made me think about the benefits that small operations like this offer to the average woodworker.

I buy rough lumber from small local sawmills for use in virtually all of my woodworking projects. I think that there are a lot of benefits to doing this. I examine some of my rationale for doing so in a new post in my blog. Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2495 days ago

... and don’t forget the joy of watching the beautiful smooth surface appear as you remove the roughness. And .. you can use the rough edge if you want (my preference always) when you get the wood in a more natural state.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#2 posted 2495 days ago

I agree with the rough lumber concept. I do it for price and availability of stock.

You have the ability to bargain for what you are buying and you can buy all the wood from a log which gives you consistent wood colors.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Mark Mazzo

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#3 posted 2494 days ago

Debbie: good point on revealing the new surface as you plane the rough wood to smooth…that’s really an enjoyable and exiting part of the process!

Karson: Getting all of the wood from a log for consistent grain is another good benefit if it is available. Unfortunately, for me that’s not always the case :(

Thanks for the comments!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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