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#1 posted 11-15-2012 02:25 PM

Jay – good point. I do the same basically, but not necessarily the same wood. I always have a lot of secondary wood on hand. I tend to build a “replica” out of pine or poplar along side the actual piece. I also test all cuts with a router or a dado in a piece of secondary wood that has the exact same dimensions as the final piece does.

I do buy extra amounts of the primary wood (about 50% more than I need). This is important for fixing big mistakes. I ruined a table top when the bearing came off on my cove bit and I cut a 2” gouge in the top. I also like to test finishes on the same wood I am using. The good thing is the projects without big mistakes leave a lot of leftover. So the next time I need to load up and the same species, I’ll only need to get 20% or so more than I need.


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