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04-25-2017 02:09 PM

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I am working with 1/4 and 3/8 lumber to make small boxes. Currently I can only purchase that thickness at about $30 for two board feet.

I have found much cheaper supply, but comes in usually around an inch. I do not have a band saw.

Anyone know of a place in the area that can resaw to a 1/4 or sells it at that thickness at a decent price?


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#1 posted 04-25-2017 02:37 PM

Time to learn resawing and invest in a planer . . .

M

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 04:15 PM

For exotics you’ll always pay a premium, I don’t think any of the woods outside Cedar, Walnut and Cherry go for anything under $10 a bd ft. even then in some places FAS cherry and walnut go for that.

I don’t know what your options are for buying material near you, but like MadMark said you could get a bandsaw and resaw boards yourself and plane to the desired thickness either using handplanes or a combination of a jointer and planer. Depending on what widths you work in you could easily get away with a small bandsaw with a good resaw blade and auxilary fence, 6” jointer and lunchbox planer for under $1000 new and even less if you can find some good CL deals near you.

I started resawing my own veneer pieces for drawer fronts awhile back and it is nice to be able to process your own stuff.

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 04:35 PM

That is the challenge with exotics – -they are pricey to begin with, and there is a lot of loss as sawdust cutting pieces and resurfacing to 1/4 inch.

Even for domestic stuff – -1/4 is double the cost per BF as 4/4

If you have access to a tablesaw, and the pieces are not too tall – you can resaw on the tablesaw and split 4/4 down the middle and plane it to 3/8 or 1/4
More loss than with the bandsaw, and more limited in height, but doable.

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 04:53 PM

How many small boxes are you going to make? Do a cost analysis. At some point the cost of a bandsaw and planer becomes a wash.

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 05:24 PM

Try Ocooch Hardwood….I have had good luck with them.

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 11:10 PM



I am working with 1/4 and 3/8 lumber to make small boxes. Currently I can only purchase that thickness at about $30 for two board feet.

I have found much cheaper supply, but comes in usually around an inch. I do not have a band saw.

Anyone know of a place in the area that can resaw to a 1/4 or sells it at that thickness at a decent price?

- NoobPhillip

Where are you located? I work in a shop that makes laminated handrails from 1/4” stock. Just snagged a bunch of red oak – not exotic, but it fits the dimensions – and a little jatoba.

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