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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 02-27-2011 06:42 PM 990 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2011 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thin wood half hull half model model making scale lumber

Hi all,

I am looking for sources of basswood, mahogany, cherry, hard maple and black walnut that are approximately

1/8” x 4” x 24” to 1/2” x 6” x 34”

The best prices that I’ve run across so far is:

Has anyone used them? I need to get in contact with them to determine the quality of these pieces.


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#1 posted 02-28-2011 04:55 AM

I have never used them. I tried the mail order wood route once and refuse to do that again. The problem with ordering wood that way, in my opinion, is this.
You find what you want.
You order it.
You pay for it.
You pay for shipping.
You realize that for what you paid for the wood and shipping, it isn’t such a great deal after all.
You finally get your wood after it’s been thrown around and dropped at every shipment station between where it came from and your house.
You open the package to see the beatiful wood you bought.
Your wood isn’t so beautiful. They picked it out, not you.
I realize I am a little more picky than some people when I am actually paying for the wood. I will go through a huge pile of wood to pick out three board feet that I’m happy with. If I’m paying for it I’m going to take the time to pick out the best I can get. They are not going to do that for you.
I recently built this. I think that can be considered a scale model. Well I do that sort of project from time to time, and I know one thing for sure. Tiny flaws look like huge flaws when they are scaled down to that size.
So what do I do?
I plane my own wood down. I have a source for most of my wood that I use that costs me only gas money. When it’s free I’m not so picky. Even when I do buy wood though, I have found that buying one inch stock (3/4” nominal) and planing it down, I come out about the same on the cost end.
Now, if you plan to go this route and have a planer like mine, it will not safely plane wood that thin safely. If you try to do so, the little bit of flexing the platen will allow for causes wood that thin to bow up towards the blade, and basically shatter and gets thrown dangerously in all directions from the planer. There is a way to do it safely though.
The way I do it is an auxiliary sled. This is an ol piece of oak (less flex) that I cut to go through the planer for the wood I’m planing to ride across. The bottom is roughed up so it stays put on the metal platen. The top is waxed with Johnson’s Paste wax so the wood will slide across it.
I have planed plenty of wood this way to 1/8”, 1/16” and one time for an extreme case I planed a piece of walnut to 1/32”. That last one still had a lot of tearout on the very end and I’m scared to do that again.


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#2 posted 02-28-2011 02:06 PM

I suggest calling a local cabinet shop. They would probably give you those small of pieces. I know I would.

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 03:12 PM

if anyone need exstreeme thin plywood then try to look here its very very good quality
maybee not cheap but after all its used in the aircraft industry

and for scale work William and Scott is right go local and resaw it yourself and handplane it down
scale work doesn´t use much wood so beside maybee a bandsaw no other electronkillers is needed

Take care

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