I thought I would put together a kit of things to take to the lumber
yard to test wood that I am interested in.
I wondered what others have found useful.
a moisture meter
tape measure (probably should have at least a 12 ft tape, but the one
I have in the kit now is just 6 ft.
Spray bottle of water?
All I bring is a tape measure and CHALK. I like to chalk out my cuts so I
don't end up shorting myself or buying too much.
I don't measure moisture. Never had any problems with moisture probably
because I only buy lumber from lumberyards that kiln dry.
Agree with garage. If you want to check grain forget the water. They may not
like it. I use odorless mineral spirits.Which they also might not
like.Depends.I have never had much of a problem with wood grain or
color....of course I'm lucky and have an excellent supplier.
I take a pad & pencil, a 12' tape measure, a small calculator, and a small
moisture meter. Sometimes I take a 12" straight edge for checking flatness
of wide boards, but I usually just use the edge of the tape measure for
this. When buying rough sawn lumber I usually also try to take a pocket
sized Surform file to spot clean some small areas so I can see the grain,
but if I'm really looking for pleasing grain structure I will usually buy
S3S lumber, as it's easier to see the grain that way and I can select 1
board at a time from the pile. My source for rough sawn isn't much
interested in selling less than 200 or 300 BF at a time so I usually only
buy from him if I need a large amount at one time, but his prices are low
enough and his quality good enough that I have never felt like I have gotten
a bad deal.
I don't think any dealer would much appreciate anyone spraying water on
their kiln dried lumber. With experience, this shouldn't be necessary
- 16 ft. tape (lives in the truck)
- Apron plane (only on special occasion)
- Leather gloves (lives in the truck) (I buy rough)
- Money (Makes carting the wood away easier)
I've never seen the need to test the moisture at my suppliers. A 16
foot tape can be run all the way out, so rough cuts can be marked
without moving the tape. I don't normally cut at the supplier, unless
it's raining and I need to get long material inside my enclosed
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If you're buying for specifics, a small block plane and flashlight...
I rarely buy by the board but in 300-400 bd-ft, so my excursions
basically are -- call, place order (300-ft #1C 4/4 qs wh oak); go, load;
grit teeth, pay; return home, unload/stack; let sit.
if you by tropical woods then a moisture meter is important. cocobolo
and ebony and any oily wood it is best to check and make sure. it
tends to pass through so quick it can be 5 to 10% too high in
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