|Forum topic by RussJohnson||posted 01-01-2014 10:31 PM||3027 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-01-2014 10:31 PM
I’m working on a larger project so I wanted to get some less expensive wood. At my local Lowes I found some “whitewood” at an attractive price point and got three 6 foot boards.
When I got home and tried ripping them on the table saw the immediately began to warp and bind. After I was about 2 feet into the rip the board had twisted in on my kerf so much the two sides had reconnected. It was as though it was trying to repair itself.
I tried setting up feather boards, a half fence, even tried removing the reading knife and anti kickback pawls, but none of that helped. I was worried my saw(bosch 4100) was out of alignment, but I checked the blade and fence against the miter slots with my micrometer and they were fine. I then dipped into my old scraps bin and ran a long piece of pine through and it worked just fine.
I checked the sticker and this type of wood is called “Boise Gold #2”. Anyone use this stuff and get similar results?
I’m aware that big box store’s whitewood is just random softwoods from various lumberyards. Anyone have any whitewoods that they like?