I try never to use "off the rack" S4S 3/4" stock. Its a design thing. I
dislike the look of most custom furniture that has standard 3/4" boards as
its main use. I reminds me to much like IKEA junk. With the exception of
kitchen cabinets, I try, when ever possible, to use slightly larger or
smaller stock for most projects.
It is true that lumber prep, resawing, jointing and planer work, take some
extra effort but I feel it justified by the final outcome.
That place is a 2.5 hour drive from my home. A drive well worth the trouble. I
could spend - and have spent - the better part of a day just looking and
drooling. I don't have much room to store wood, though, so I usually buy just
what I need for a project, already dried. Perhaps some day I'll have the space
to stock up on wet rough-cut lumber.
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