I'm new to woodworking can someone help me out here? I can repay you by
answering your questions about brewing your own beer or flying r/c aircraft!
I have a question about two terms that I have seen used here. First, what
exactly do the numbers 8/4 or 6/4 refer to when talking about wood. Second,
what exactly is resawn wood?
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8/4 means lumber that has been sawn eight quarters of an inch thick or 2
inches, 6/4 means 1 1/2 inch thick or six quarters.
Resawn wood is boards that are run through a band saw in order to make a
larger number of thinner boards. Say take a 2 inch thick board and saw it
into a number of 1/8 inch veneers. A lot of woodworkers to this to glue them
back together and bend them on a form in order to make a curved piece such
as a chair back.
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What kind of beers do you brew?
I haven't brewed in about a year since I started getting into woodworking
(sigh). I think my yeast cultures in the fridge are spoiled by now.
I use to brew a lot of porters and stouts. Your post got me thinking about
it again. I need to get a batch going soon!
I brew a little of everything. My favorites are wheats. I have the itch to
bew another batch soon, also.
I got another question. I have a lot of plans for different projects. Some
have a material list and are not clear on exact sizes of the boards. I know
2x4's are actually 1.5x3.5 and 4x4's are 3.5x3.5. Is there some kind of
standard for hardwood boards? If I go to a lumber yard and ask for a 2x6 red
oak, is it going to be 1.5x5.5? I'm confused on this.
The sizes quoted are the nominal sawn sizes. If you buy rough timber, this
is the size you'll get. If you want your lumber ready-planed, the mill has
to take this rough-sawn stuff and plane it all round, so you lose the amount
which has been planed off, making your 4x2s significantly smaller.
If you want your lumber to end up exactly 4 x 2 when planed then, typically,
the mill will machine the next larger stock size down to 4 x 2 for you.
Obviously, they'll charge you for the larger size and may also add a
If you pop into Lowes or Home Depot and run to their hardwood selection,
you'll find oak and maple in the sizes you're familiar with - a 1x6, a 1x8,
etc. It's more expensive that a trip to a real hardwood store.
For hardwoods, the standard measurement is something called a Board Foot.
Which, I'm just beginning to understand. But have survived about a year
without a complete grasp.
When you visit a hardwood store, you'll find some that stock "rough" and
others that stock "S3S" (or S2S, and a half-dozen permutations). If you
don't have a thickness planer and don't have a jointer - you're likely best
served by looking for wood that's "S3S" (Surfaced 3 sides).
From S3S wood - you can bing along a tape measure and just ignore the
"quarters" and "board feet" issues and pull boards that are the size you
need. Where I often shop, Paxton's, 4/4 S3S stock is a shade over 3/4"
thick and stocked in various widths and lengths.
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