|Forum topic by Preserved||posted 12-14-2012 02:46 AM||955 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-14-2012 02:46 AM
I’m planning for a maple counter top project. Ripped and glued strips edge grain up.
I measured the existing counter top this will be replacing, and get 1712.5 square inches.
So, 1712.5 / 144 inches is 11.9 board feet. Say 12 board feet finished lumber to make this.
I’m looking to get strips that are 1.25 inches wide so I’ll be buying 6/4 rough to accommodate loss at the planer. Can I plan on 25% loss of wood volume due to milling at the planer and jointer? So, would 16 board feet of 6/4 rough lumber give me my 12 board feet I need to finish this.
Plus I’ll buy some extra for screw ups ect.
One more question, the lumber yard also has 6/4 maple S3S to 1.25” for a bit more money. I’m thinking this would save me a ton of sawdust and perhaps better results since I have a smallish 6 inch Rigid Jointer/Planer> Do lumber yard jointed and planed rough wood end up fairly straight? Can I just clean up any minor imperfections or will I end up removing a ton more material. Thoughts on this?
Thanks for your opinions on this.