|Forum topic by bunkie||posted 01-04-2012 05:45 PM||1303 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-04-2012 05:45 PM
I’ve had the occasion to look for material to complete some small home-improvement projects lately and have turned to a couple of 2×6s that I bought a few months back when a friend loaned me his pickup truck.
The first project was to make a replacement drawer for my NYC apartment. Our kitchen is an original installation from the 1920s and the silverware drawer had finally come apart, so I decided to make a new one. I had a piece of 2×6 that was the perfect length, so I resawed it on the bandsaw and face-jointed it then I planed it to 1/2”. I was very pleasantly surprised with the results.
For our house in the country, we have a screen porch (just screen, no glass). The past few winters, I’ve been applying some of the interior shrink-wrap plastic to the windows. This year, I’m making frames with the shrink-wrap applied within a sandwich of two pieces of pine that are 1.5” wide and about 3/8” thick. I had bought some nice #2 pine at the Borg for this, but didn’t have quite enough to finishe the job. Hmmmm…. What’s 1.5” thick? A few minutes at the bandaw and yielded lots of pieces to complete the job. The cost difference between the 2×6 and the #2 pine is substantial.
Here’s where that investment in the bandsaw ($600), the jointer ($225, a Rikon 6” on closout from Woodcraft!) and my planer ($400) begin to pay off! By 2053, I should be about even!
But seriously, contruction lumber can yield some nice material if chosen correctly and milled properly. Now I’m going to search for a few nice 2×8s…
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