I have been lurking in the background for some time. I generally can find an answer to any of my questions by doing a little reading through the forums. Thanks to everyone in this forum for all the help they have given me. However, I now need some assistance trying to locate some Western Red Cedar. (VG, clear of heart)
I have been a heavy equipment mechanic for most of my days, after having a couple back surgeries ten or so years ago I started a sign and screen printing company, realizing my back was not going to withstand the abuse I had been throwing at it. I enjoy the signs and screen printing quite a bit. The business has grown to pretty much a full time position.
I purchased a 5’ x 10’ cnc router a few years ago and the woodworking projects started coming. I have always enjoyed working with wood and have constructed many things over the years. However I am still a novice compared to the Lumberjocks community.
Now that I have bored everyone I will get to it…
I have 4 signs that I need to manufacture for a local project. The signs have to be Clear heart, vertical grain, Western Red Cedar. MC 12% or less. These signs after glue up will be 114” wide by about 108” high, 1.5” thick, grain running horizontally. No splicing. I am located in the northeast USA (New York) I had a supplier in California set up to furnish me with the panels, I would do all the machining then the final glue up of the panels to make the finished product of one large panel. (My cnc is not large enough to machine the final project after glue up.)
The sample they sent me (which I used for my submittal and my quote on the job.) was constructed of 1.75” x 1.5” laminated sections. Upon delivery of the panels I noticed small knots in some of the panels. (About .5”) I had to send them back. The company said I have to expect a couple here and there. I don’t really understand that because they glued up 95% knot free on all the panels and did a nice job. Why they laminated 2 boards with knots out of 20 in one panel is beyond me. I purchased about 10 different panels, so they had enough material to make 9 of them knot free. I just don’t get it. So now I am in the market for a supplier to get the lumber and manufacture all the panels myself but nobody in my area carries such a thing. Sorry so long winded here… If anyone, east, west, north, south can recommend someplace I would appreciate it.