In my woodworking, either scroll saw or just regular, I strive to be as accurate as possible, perhaps obsessive. One of the things that is driving me nuts lately is the inconsistence of wood thickness. I purchase wood from either the big box hardware store or the two woodworking store in town. What I find, in general, is that if you select two pieces of wood that are marked as the same thickness, they are not. Sometime even 1/16 of an inch difference.
Now if I had even a bench planer this would solve the issue. However the wood I purchased is planed before it reaches the store. Why is there not some consistence and control in place.
This is not the same as the 2 by 4 issue. All or 99% of us know that a 2 by 4 has never been 2 by 4. However when I purchase a piece of walnut or maple that states it is one-half inch thick – then why is it not one-half inch. Or why is there not better control.
For now I have solved this issue in my limited woodworking business. As long as the local cabinet shop will supply me with hardwood leftovers I can make thickness I want. Yesterday I was making one-half inch square pieces to within plus or minus .010. That is good enough for me.
Now when I am able to scrape together the money for a bench top planer I will control this issue even tighter.
Again, call me obsessive if you wish, you will not be the first.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.