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Cole Tallerman

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Topic tags/keywords: using spruce

So im going to build Matthias Wandel’s jointer, but it calls for 6/4 spruce. the only thing that i can find at home depot and loves are spruce studs and 5/4 spruce. My questions are, is there another type of wood that works similarly to spruce that can be found at big box stores? Also, what is the price range that i’m looking at? Is spruce considered a hardwood? would normal pine work?

Also, I can get Maple at 30% off the going rate. Would that be better? Id still like to hear what you have to say about using spruce and even doug fir.

Thanks!


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 691 days ago

I’m pretty sure Douglas Fir would be a suitable substitute. You could buy a Doug fir 4×4

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#2 posted 691 days ago

A big box store probably won’t have what you’re looking for… there’s probably a mill or outlet close by that would have it though. Try http://www.woodfinder.com/

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#3 posted 691 days ago

Spruce, hemlock and fir are sold as “white wood” or
“hem-fir” in many areas. The working characteristics
of the included woods are similar.

Just try to get something dry and relatively straight-grained
and free of all but the smallest knots. It should behave
predictably then.

2×4 Studs are 6/4 – it means 1 1/2” thick finished dimension.

Spruce is softwood. Pine tends to be easier to work
because it doesn’t splinter as much but it is less tough
too, imo. I’m generalizing lots here because pine and
spruce are similar. We use spruce in making guitar tops,
for example, because it is stiff and tough in small
thicknesses so it can be worked to thin, lightweight
panels and still have a lot of structural strength.

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#4 posted 690 days ago

I might use douglas fir then. Thanks everyone. Any thought on using maple?

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#5 posted 690 days ago

Studs are 6/4.

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#6 posted 690 days ago

You could use maple, But you must be willing enough to fork out that cold hard cash :P

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Rick M.

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#7 posted 690 days ago

Matthias Wandel’s jointer, but it calls for 6/4 spruce

Yeah, I’m pretty certain he’s just using SPF 2×4/6/8s.

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#8 posted 690 days ago

Well if a 2×4 is 6/4, I would like some room to be able to square the edges (as they come rounded) so 2/4’s wouldn’t be big enough. i can get maple for the same price as poplar and i would only really heed one board. I still can’t decide though.

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#9 posted 689 days ago

Use a 2×6 and trim off the rounded edges or a 2×8 and rip 2 pieces from it.

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