A few months ago, FWW had plans for a cherry cabinet that hangs on a wall. Some of you may have seen it. It looks like a project that a newb such as me might be able to tackle, so I started wrapping my head around how I'd go about it.
The planks are 2/4 cherry and I called my local wood supplier (www.wood-source.com) to see if I could get the pieces in the widths I wanted. This is not a big piece, so the amounts of wood are small.
The reply I got back was that they'll mill it for me(I don't have the machinery to do that) from their stock 4/4, but insisted on a deposit up front because in the past they've found that planing wood down to that thickness has left their customers very unhappy due to cupping of the wood after milling.
What they said about cupping made sense to me, and I was appreciative that they gave me the warning. I"ve not gone ahead and ordered it yet, and have been wondering what I'm going to do about the issue. I can re-design the piece to 3/4, but I'm worried that the new thickness will make the piece too clunky.
I can go back to wood-source, pay the deposit, and have them mill it to the sizes specified in the plans.
I can have them mill pine to that spec., make the piece as a demo, and see what happens, but now I'm into a diff. species of wood, and frankly I'd rather build something out of a wood I've not tried before. I expect they'll say the same about pine being milled down to that thickness too.
What do the rest of you think?