I just called my wood dealer, but he doesn't carry any 2" thick stock
lumber. I'm specifically looking for kiln-dried eastern white pine
(would settle for Popular or other soft wood) to make wooden chair
seats. What do other woodworkers do? Glue up sandwiched 1.5" stock
then surface plane?
I don't know where you live, but I was at a dealer in Seattle today and they
had most types of hardwood up to 12/4 and common types in 16/4. I would
find a new dealer in your area. If there is nothing local you can get what
you need from the web.
Cross Cut Hardwood on 1st Ave South. Yesterday I was really disappointed
with their figured wood. I was looking for some dense birds eye maple but
walked away empty. They did have plenty of 12/4 and 16/4 maple, cherry,
poplar, and others.
I'd like to see your selections near Knoxville, TN area. Nothing like
that at Jeffries. A maple seat sounds good, for sure maple chair
sticks--turns absolutely beautiful. I'm reluctant buying on the web,
not seeing what I'm getting. I may decide to do some glueups of clear
eastern pine as I have a DJ-20 and can use knot-free selections.
I'd find another wood dealer. My local supplier stocks poplar (and many
other species) up to 12/4. Take a look at their web site, they will ship
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Why pine? Splits fairly easily. Elm, or maybe yellow birch my choice.
Probably yellow birch because I have more of it, as should any specialty
FWIW, I've seen commercial glued exactly as you mention. With the joints
offset, makes up for some of the weakness of the pine. Now if only they
could overcome the mortise deformity that racking produces, the chair might
stay tight a bit longer.
I'm not surprised. 2" thick pine (most species) will just be an
exercise in futility as it twists and cups. If you did find it in a
good stable condition, then I'd expect it to be a high pricetag item,
as pine of that grade, tight enough to be good for furniture, is rare.
I also can't see pine as a useful chair base. I use elm, even though
wide elm is damn near unavailable in Europe.
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.,,a wood place that doesn't carry anything at all in 8/4 thickness
seems odd. My experience here in New England is most places will have
most of the usual domestic cabinet woods in 4/4, 5-6/4, and 8/4 most
of the time, plus 12 or 16/4 for certain species. Ditto mahogany.
Exotics and odd ducks, like beech, tend to be 4/4, plus--only
sometimes--greater thicknesses. I've never seen poplar thicker than
6/4 (admittedly, never looked for it either), but 8/4 eastern white
pine is certainly available. Granted, these are specialist dealers and
shops that sell stock as a sideline, not everyday lumberyards. Even
so, they're pretty common. you might check www.woodfinder.com for
sources local to you. I've found it very helpful
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