Hi All -
Good morning! I recently picked up a 13" planer, and as luck would have it,
subsequently found what looks like a good deal on rough-cut lumber...would
let me put the planer to use and say to the wife "see, I really did need
it!!" :-) More importantly, could build the many many projects on my to do
This pricing looks like a decent deal to me. Since this is the first time
I'm ever buying something like this, thought I'd see what other people
thought -- good deal or run away as fast as I can? I did a google search to
find "benchmark" pricing to compare against but didn't find anything
Thanks for your advice/help!
Maple -- random widths of #1C at $1.25 per board foot
Birch -- random widths of FAS at $1.65 per board foot
Both are 4/4, rough cut, kiln dried to 7% and in 8' and 10' lengths.
Not to be picky, but soft or hard maple? White or yellow birch?
If the first in either pair, only average to high price. If the second,
good, based on MI.
Oh yes, they once were at 7%. Depending on how long out of the kiln,
they're much different now.
For the next question, might I suggest
Sounds like it should work out.
I'm sure you know that you should not surface more than you need for any
given project at once, so that you can have all wood that needs to be the
same thickness complete on the same pass. I don't hold with the idea that
4/4 should be 13/16. If it'll make 7/8, it's fine with me. If it goes 3/4,
WRT the hard maple, plan between the knots and get them out of your face
before you even think of planing.
Don't expect too much of the planer. It can remove a mild cup, but it can't
It needs a basically planar surface from which to work. There can be some
bumps on one side, but if you have thickness variations, often seen in
bandsawn wood, then it's hard to get them evened out. It's worth a little
time and money to get decent boards to start with.
I make nearly all my own stock and it's easy to spend a lot of time on a bad
board. There are many tricks to learn, like using a carrier board and
stacking narrow boards for edging, so start slowly and get a feel for what's
possible and what's worth the trouble. Buy small amounts of wood at first,
so you don't get stuck with things you can't handle.
For smallish pieces, getting a first surface with a jointer is useful.
Hi Wilson - Thanks for your insightful feedback.
Totally agree with your comment "It's worth a little time and money to get
decent boards to start with." If/when I go to buy this lumber and the
condition is visibly worse than "decent" WRT planing, I will pass.
Jointer is coming next month so I should be able to take a decent shot at
creating beautiful wood from these rough timbers!
Thanks again for your input. Regards, Rich
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