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Forum topic by Chris Radvansky posted 11-18-2015 02:14 PM 488 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Radvansky

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11-18-2015 02:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane jointer question milling

Hey everyone,
I am about to start my second project (planter boxers after a successful router table build) and just bought the lumber. The plans call for 1.5” x 5.5” piece and a 1.5” x 7.25” piece. Now at the lumber yard, these are known as 2 by 6 and 2 by 8. They come with rounded edges which I believe need to be milled. My question is do the plan makers know that this is how lumber comes and is this built into the plans? Or should I be looking for lumber that is already s4s to the 1.5” x 5.5” size instead of the rounded over raw format? Thanks!

Chris

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 02:31 PM

Yup, dimensional lumber is a bit smaller than it’s stated size… so a 2×4 is actually 1.5” X 3.5”, a 2×6 is actually 1.5” X 5.5”, and a 2×8 is actually 1.5” X 7.5” (more or less). Sometimes, you can find it with fairly square edges, but for a planter box, I’m not sure it makes much of a difference… guess it comes down to your aesthetic preference and the design of the box. Buying rough stock and milling it to size seems like overkill for what it is, and I’m guessing that the design is for your typical stock found at the BORG, rounded edges, warts and all.

Cheers,
Brad

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Chris Radvansky

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 02:37 PM

Yea the planter box is not my biggest question about this. More of a general going forward question. If i were working on a project that does require 100% aesthetic precision, I would want to be sure that I was buying the right size lumber without having to trim off the edges to then get a piece that is smaller than what I need.

-- Chris

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 02:40 PM

It’s impossible to say for sure without seeing the pans, but I would guess with confidence that they expect you to use the typical rounded over 2x lumber from the hardware store if they are telling you to use those sizes.

As MrUnix said, for this kind of outdoor project, they probably expect you to use it as-is and not square it up.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 08:59 PM


Yea the planter box is not my biggest question about this. More of a general going forward question. If i were working on a project that does require 100% aesthetic precision, I would want to be sure that I was buying the right size lumber without having to trim off the edges to then get a piece that is smaller than what I need.

- Chris Radvansky

Depending on the project, you can always adjust the sizes of other parts if it’s necessary to mill the rounded edges off. If it’s something where appearance is of great concern, you’re not likely to be using construction grade lumber anyway. Don’t get too hung up on following plans to the letter.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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