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Posted on First time working rough lumber, advice.

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 08:04 PM

doss, i am just trying to explain the way large mills run their rough lumber and apply it to a small shop. if you are going to buy rough lumber instead of s3s or s4s the the basic machines to use are a jointer, table saw, and a thickness planer. you save lots of money by buying in the rough and buying pre milled lumber does not guarantee that the boards are not straight ,cupped, or twisted. if you read about the 4 sided moulder it does all 4 sides in 1 pass and i explained the sequence of the cutterheads to give zboom an idea of how to mill lumber. yes you can make a sled and shim the corners to try and flatten it out and use a straight edge to run it thru the saw but its more work than just taking it to a mill and have them dimension it for a few bucks. lesson here is dont buy rough lumber if you dont have the machines to mill it.

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