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02-08-2016 09:26 PM

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This may sound weird, but I grew frustrated looking for QSRO in my area and decided to try making my own from 1X oak lumber. I ran it through my band saw, cutting 4 1” pieces, joined them together, ran them over my planer and did some light sanding. The result is pretty good, but I wonder if anyone else has done this on a larger scale. I went to the local Menards and planned on buying 4×4 oak and using that to make QS. Upon inspection, the 4×4 is simply glued up 1x. I also called a lumber dealer I found on Craigslist, and he told me that they ‘glue it up’ occasionally when they get a big enough order. I this how some QS is made? By the way the glued up 4×4 was $20 more that buying 4 1×4’s.

So how about it? Any you guys or gals ever glue up your own QS?

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 09:36 PM

Where are you located?

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 09:37 PM

no, don’t think so.. looks like rift sawn if anything

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 09:39 PM

I’m near Joliet IL

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 09:40 PM

I buy quarter sawn from a local saw mill.

Anyone looking at the grain in your photo will know that something us up.

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 09:42 PM

Yeah, I’m not really satisfied with the result either and it’s not hard to see the glue lines, guess I’ll keep looking for the real thing.

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 09:55 PM

A real hardwood dealer doesn’t sell quartersawn boards that are laminated like Menards, no. Big box stores aren’t really selling to woodworkers, so I’m not surprised they’re selling laminated 4×4s for a lot of money per linear foot. Those are intended for one-off projects where somebody just needs 3’ of oak 4×4 for a home improvement project.

16/4 hardwood is typically much more expensive than 8/4 or thinner boards, because it takes longer to properly dry slabs that thick. If you want the look of 4×4 quartersawn oak, you’re better off resawing thinner quartersawn stock to veneers and gluing that to the face of plain stock.

E.g. buy some 8/4 flat sawn boards. Laminate them together. Now two faces should show the quartersawn rays. Glue quartered veneer to the other two faces.

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#7 posted 02-08-2016 10:59 PM

I buy quarter sawn from a local saw mill.

Anyone looking at the grain in your photo will know that something us up.

- WoodNSawdust

At least could have tried to line up the grain. Still probably wouldn’t fool anyone.

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 11:05 PM

Owl lumber
Meyers Woodworking
Horigan Urban Forest Products


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#9 posted 02-08-2016 11:12 PM

No Rays in it, that you get from QS Oak

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#10 posted 02-08-2016 11:23 PM


While I have not bought from Niagara Lumber company in quite a while, when I did I found their hardwoods to be very good. I do not know whether the offer quarter sawn lumber. Since they ship and did not include junk lumber – at least back then, it was a convenient way to buy lumber. If interested, they are at:

I have never attempted milling my own quarter sawn lumber.

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 12:15 AM

I bought 900 bd ft of QSRO from Johnson’s workbench in Charrlotte MI, they also have an outlet in South Bend. South Bend is only 108 mi. Away from you. I drive almost that far to the Michigan store. Their hardwood is reasonable and excellent quality.

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#12 posted 02-09-2016 12:32 AM

Thanks for the tips, I will call Johnson’s tomorrow.

And yes, after I glued it up I gave myself a big hand slap to the forehead, after realizing I could have lined up the grain better.

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#13 posted 02-09-2016 12:47 AM

Owl Hardwood has almost every kind of wood you could ask for.

Johnson’s is also amazing with excellent domestic hardwoods and prices.

You can not go wrong with either of these places.

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#14 posted 02-09-2016 11:57 AM

I’d trust Johnson’s enough to call them and have them deliver a load without looking at it. Nice shop in South Bend, and usually a tasty selection of exotics on hand as well. I’ve not been to the Charlotte store—that must be a treat!!

Rich Eberly posts here some, has a mill in Buchanan, MI and fine stock as well.

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#15 posted 02-09-2016 01:07 PM

Most of the big furniture places create their larger boards from smaller pieces. They have machinery that does this for them. It makes economic sense to use much cheaper pieces, laminate them together and make any size they want. they eliminate the warping and use every piece.

It is the small craftsmen shops that use real lumber to make their furniture and as a result, get a better price than the $69.00 table top from laminate strips.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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