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Posted on Need advice on lumber purchasing

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 12:53 PM


You’re not the only one that’s run into that problem before; I was lucky and found a lumber supplier that sold what they advertised. If they said it was surfaced S2S to 13/16ths I can count on it.

I used to carry my calipers with me and if I was buying lumber already surfaced, I would check to make sure it was at least 13/16’s.

Another trick that helped me when flattening, straightening and sizing my lumber before I started building was to rough cut to length most of my pieces before I worried about flattening or straightening. Since I very seldon built anything that was 6, 8 or 10ft long or needed any lumber any where’s near that length, I found it a lot easier to flatten a 36” length of board than a 6 or 8 ft. length of board. (and usually don’t have to take near as much off to get it flat or straight.

What may be a substantial bow in a 8ft. board is not near as bad @ 24” or 30”.

One last thing; when or if you go back to the lumber supplier, I would mention that the last lumber you bought was suppose to be 13/16’s and when you got it home you discovered it was only 3/4”.
If they don’t realize they are dimensioning their lumber wrong, they will never correct it….........then again, they may not care, in which case you need to find another supplier.

BTW. Good luck with your project.

-- John @

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