Hi Fellow Woodworkers!
Ny name is Nelson, and I live in Arcata, California. I’m building a Japanese style garden bench and I can not believe that I having an issue already! Help! (LOL) I’m in the process of selecting lumber. I have narrow it down to Iroko or Jotoba, both good substitutes for teak. My woodworking cultist requires 2-1/2” thick boards to make the legs. Moreover, the back legs require boards with a width of 5-1/4” to make the back legs. I have been shopping around for 2-1/2” thick boards and it’s impossible to find. I have been asking the lumber suppliers if they can offer 12/4” thick lumber. I have tried local mill yards, as well as online lumber supplier and I haven’t had any luck yet. I sort of want to make this bench from solid wood….
If this 12/4” thick lumber is not possible, then i can build the thickness by gluing together 4/4” or 6/4” or 8/4” boards and try to match the wood grain. I can also laminate Jotoba or Iroko wood (1/4”thick) onto poplar wood to make the required wood pieces and hide the seams. Are these the only two options that I have?
Does anyone have a resource/supplier that can supply me the right lumber thickness so I can make this bench without building the required thickness from thinner boards?
Any suggestions would be appriciated. Thanks for the support.
-- Nelson Lee, California