Oak Storage Bench #2: Stock Preparation

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Blog entry by ThomasLightle posted 02-02-2016 09:44 PM 1162 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I prefer getting my wood in the rough for two reasons: The first reason is the cost. Rough lumber is incredibly cheaper than 4-side finished wood. The other reason is flexibility. I am able to “find” the best part of the board in the rough lumber whereas, if your wood is pre-finished, you are stuck with what you get.
So here is my workflow:
Rough length
Rough Width
Joint 1 face and 1 edge
Final width + 1/16”
Joint to final width
Plane to final thickness
Final length
Let me know how that compares to your workflow when preparing stock.

Oak Storage Bench Part Two: Stock Preparation

-- Thom

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 03:30 AM

Your rough lumber is sure a lot nicer than the stuff I am able to get.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 10:33 PM

I guess I am lucky. I actually have 2 lumber places nearby. They both have great quality and price!

-- Thom

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