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woodworker33

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01-17-2015 06:04 AM

Does anyone have a recommended source to get walnut, maple and oak hardwood in 1/4” thickness? I am looking for a consistent source and sheets that are 24” x 18” or a size close to that.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-17-2015 06:20 AM

If had good luck with Ocooch hardwoods.

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 08:07 AM

24” x 18” sheets—- are you talking about plywood?

If you don’t have the capability of cutting down 4’ x 8’ sheets, try talking to a local cabinet shop. Many (most?) would be happy to cut parts for you (for a price).

The material itself is easy to source—any decent hardwood supplier will handle it regularly.

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 03:59 PM

Not plywood, solid hardwood in 1/4” thickness. Does that not exist? Would you plane a 3/4” thick piece down to 1/4” and waste all that material?

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 04:42 PM

I would never use 18” wide 1/4” thick solid wood. it will tend to move and warp too much. Plywood is your friend.

-- .. heyoka ..

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 04:45 PM

I’m using the endgrain facing out in my design. I don’t like the plywood where you’re able to see multiple layers, I would like it to be one solid color. Any additional ideas?

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 04:52 PM

What are you using it for? Anything that wide is probably going to be a glue up. I resaw 3/4”with band saw to 3/8”. Glue it up to width and then take it down to 1/4” thickness with either drum sander or handplane. But in that thickness and size I would be very concerned about the dimensioned wood moving a lot. I’ve had 1/4” thick solid hardwood split with movement and also warp a bit. I’ve floated solid wood panels of that thickness with good success. But if you restrain the movement by gluing n the panel my experience is that it fails.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 04:58 PM

I’m using it for a small project, I need the 24”x18” sized sheet so it fits in my CNC machine and then they will be cut up into smaller pieces. Definitely not using the entire sheet as one piece. Will warping be an issue if the pieces are going to be around 1”x10” or so?

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#8 posted 01-17-2015 05:10 PM

That sounds cool. What happens to the 1” x 10” pieces in the project? I’m curious. I’ve used smaller pieces like that with no problem making craft stuff for my demanding wife.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#9 posted 01-17-2015 05:18 PM

Papascott is right about Ocooch. They call it scrolling lumber. They have it in 12” widths which is remarkable. Actual width not nominal. You’d have to glue two boards to get to 24”. I’ve never seen hardwood panels as wide as you want. Good luck.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#10 posted 01-22-2015 06:10 AM

I have some 12” wide thin stock oak, and it’s got some warp to it. Totally agree with everyone else on the 24×18 sheets… just not going to happen. A glue-up with alternating growth ring pattern is going to be your best bet if you need a piece that big.

warping shouldn’t be an issue with 1”x10” pieces if you’re going with the grain on the length.

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