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Forum topic by Ingjr posted 01-27-2014 03:55 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2014 03:55 PM

About to get some wood online and would like to know if when they plane it to thickness is it flattened first? When I buy it rough I know I have to flatten one side on the jointer before planning it to thickness. Do the lumber companies joint then plane, or do they have a machine that does both at the same time? Not sure what company I’m going with yet or I’d ask them, but wanted to know if all the lumber companies online that advertised thicknessed lumber also flatten the board before planning to thickness. Hope this makes sense as I’m having kind of a hard time explaining myself. TIA

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 04:16 PM

I don’t know but the stuff I had always got was pretty flat (Steve Wall and Niagara Lumber). I can also tell you this: almost none of the sawmills around me flatten stock on a jointer, it is simply planed. The wood is still in pretty good shape, maybe they just toss any badly warped boards.

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 05:09 PM

Different suppliers do different things. Always best to specify what you want. Any additional charges are usually quite reasonable.

I EXPECT flat boards, but when in doubt – ask (returns are usually not practical).

I’ve bought “mail order / internet” from several different suppliers (15?), and almost always received very good hardwoods. For a first order, I usually ask if it is flat. If they say anything other than “Yes” – I go with someone else. What I receive may not be perfectly flat – but close enough.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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