If you've bought mail-order lumber (e.g. Wall Lumber, Badger Hardwood, etc.)
and they said it was S2S, did they dress a face and an edge, or did they
dress both faces?
DAGS on "S2S" and I found conflicting definitions of S2S. Thought I'd ask
someone who's actually bought it, what arrived?
I don't order wood, but two other terms worth mentioning are "hit and miss,"
which is often associated with S2S, and appears equivalent to what I learned
as "skip-planed." Double-sided planers give boards which are not perfectly
surfaced, having the occasional low spot, but are done by the mill to
accommodate optical piecing machinery, where the knots and defect are
revealed well enough to be cut away by automatic saws. Amounts usually to a
7/8 board sold as 4/4, where a properly surfaced S2S would yield 13/16.
If I were a betting man, I'd wager that most furniture places take the
pieces and run 'em through two-sided thickness sanders.
The edges on an S2S board need only be what came from the original edger,
and may, IIRC still have some wane.
I just received 20 bdft of 4/4 white oak and 20 bdft of 4/4 hard maple from
http://Woodworkerssource.com and paid $0.20/bdft to have both edges planed
flat. Normally it comes S2S. Had to do it as I don't have a jointer and 40
bdft of 4/4 is a lot of edge to plane.
Where abouts are you, Wade? I'm in the Seattle, Redmond area. BTW, now I've
got a bunch of 4/4 I need to get resawn *^%%$#*^%. It's to damn thick for
what I need. A local cabinet shop said they will do it and resurface for
$60/hr. Said it'll take 20-30 minutes.
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