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#1 posted 05-05-2012 03:23 PM

Hi Don, If there is a big box store like HD or Lowe’s near you they carry all sorts of 1/2 and up Pine lumber in various widths. The ones around here also carry Red Oak from 1/4 to 3/4 thick, 3 to 6 inches wide and 24 inches to 10 feet long.

It is rare that you will find an inexpensive board wide enough to make a lid. I usually make my lids from 2 to 4 different kinds of contrasting wood joined together with a spline if I build one that large. After saying that I have several Maple and Oak boards that range from 6 inches to 9-1/2 inches wide and one Tiger Maple board that is 96 inches long and 9-1/2 inches wide.

I agree wood is expensive but I have, over the last few months bought enough Maple, Oak, Walnut and various other kinds to build a small house it seems so I decided last month I need to use up what I have before buying any more. I buy my wood based on the grain and figuring so in order to keep the wood as close as possible to its natural state I use clear Shellac on all my projects.

You are right in saying it is hard to find wood 1/2 inch thick unless you pay a ridiculous price for it. I have a Woodhaven planing jig that uses a router to plane down wood so buying wood that is 3/4 inch is not an issue with me. I don’t like to plane wood over 3/4 inch because it is a waste of wood and money taking more than 1/4 inch off a board.

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