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#1 posted 04-06-2013 11:40 AM

I always purchase hardwood in the rough that way you will have enough extra wood to joint and plane out the warp and twist. It is common practice for many mills to saw 4/4 hardwood 1/8” over size so you end up with a good solid 1” after drying. We have a hardwood specialty store in the area they will straiten and flatten your boards for you but they are pretty pricey. I keep watch in the local trade and swap paper and on craigs list to find local wood. In most cases 4/4 should be plenty to wind up with a finished surface that is 3/4 but sometimes I purchase 5/4 just because it is local and not too pricey.

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