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Posted on Need advice on lumber purchasing

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 12:17 PM

This is an issue for me as well. My best local source (OK selection and they deliver!) does not carry rough lumber except for one or two species, everything else is S2S, and not jointed flat, just planed. So, after I get a face jointed I almost never actually yield 3/4”.

A couple of workarounds;
-Find another supplier, which isn’t a good option for me.
-Buy 5/4 stock. You’ll get your thickness, but you’ll pay extra.
-What I usually do is work with what I get. There is no magic to 3/4”. A lot of projects will work perfectly with 5/8” with no significant loss of strength. In fact, a lot of projects will benefit visually from thinner components. I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

If they have rough, and you’ve got the ability to mill it, go for it. I would if I could. Otherwise, don’t worry too much.

-- John

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