| Hi everyone, I'm new to the group and to the USA, I've checked the
| faqs but it's not in there: what's the best place in South
| California to get woodplanks cut to size and shape? I need to make
| my own desk, since I can't find anything that works for me, but I
| don't have a lot of powertools (just a drill). I can provide very
| precise cad drawings...
Welcome to the group - and welcome to the USA.
I have good news and bad news...
The good news is that many lumber yards can cut standard size planks
to lengths that you specify. There may be a cutting charge, but it
probably won't be large. The bad news is that the person running the
saw probably won't do the cutting with the degree of precision you'll
An alternative might be to have the parts made for you at a cabinet
shop - but you should be prepared to hear a price that could exceed
the cost of the tools you'd need to do the job yourself.
Another alternative might be to inquire at work and in the
neighborhood where you live for a hobbiest woodworker who might be
induced to coach you through the process using the tools in his/her
shop. Compensation is mandatory (even/especially if not requested!)
but should work out to less than the cabinet shop price.
Where in Southern California are you, and what kind of woodworking
experience do you have?
DeSoto, Iowa USA