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Hello group . I need an piece of cedar planking for an project but can only find some cedar siding which is tapered . What is the best method to use to get it to an flat uniform thickness?
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Sal
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Fri, Oct 27, 2006, 8:36am (EDT-1) snipped-for-privacy@mts.net (sal) doth mumble: Hello group . I need an piece of cedar planking for an project but can only find some cedar siding which is tapered . What is the best method to use to get it to an flat uniform thickness?
Depends. What tools you got available, and whatcha making that you could use a flattened shingle rather than planking?
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Most hardware stores should have cedar that is used for decks.
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sal wrote:

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You can find cedar siding but not cedar fencing? Seems most strange.
Where have you looked? What size an area are you in?
What dimensions of stock does your project need?
The simplest way to surface stock is, of course, the thickness planer given a piece of siding has one flat surface to begin with. Small pieces could be done by hand plane (well, large pieces too, of course, it's just a matter of time and patience). It's also possible to rig up taper sled/supports for a jointer (use two pieces of the same material to get the angle), but is kinda' a pita sort of thing...
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sal wrote:

Not sure why you can't just _a_ regular cedar board(HD sells it), but if you have to use something tapered, you could glue up two pieces with the tapers facing each other.
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Mike wrote:

Big box home centers have regional differences in stock.
I had to deal with a local mill or independent yard for cedar, even though my local HD has a 4'x8' sign that says "Cedar" hanging in the lumber department. The store manager has no answer as to why he has the sign, but no cedar. He's got a "maple" sign as well! <G>
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B A R R Y wrote:

That's like my "beware of dog" sign. I don't have a dog. Signs are much cheaper than dogs.     smugly,     jo4hn
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And easier to clean up after, too.
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wrote:

But you're not trying sell dogs.
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sal wrote:

Check the yellow pages for a local provider of cedar.
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