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Posted on Getting to 1-1/8" without a bandsaw and without killing too many trees

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 10:15 PM

Thanks for all the ideas everyone. The plans I’m using don’t specify the wood species, but the example was in cherry – so definitely not based on construction grade lumber. I found a local supplier that carried 5/4 poplar, and they planed it all down to 1-1/8 for a very reasonable fee. This saves some wear and tear on my planar, leaving me to just do a final finish pass – if anything at all.

I was originally planning on pine because it is inexpensive and it’s what I thought the piece I want to match was made of. As it turns out, the piece I’m matching is made of a variety of things, including MDF with faux grain. I’ll be using a gel stain, so the pigment (vs dye) will muddy the grain of whatever I use. Poplar will hold up a bit better than pine and still doesn’t break the bank.

Wish me luck :-)

-- Darren

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