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Posted on Please help me understand the basics of finer project dimensions

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#1 posted 07-05-2020 07:18 PM

If I wanted a 1” final dimension, I would look for a minimum 5/4, but probably 6/4 lumber.

Doubt you’ll find any at the big box stores, but good lumber suppliers will normally have it.

One of my main sources sells mostly 25/32 (which I’d never seen before coming to California). One of the other places I go to regularly sells stuff by the quarts (5/4, 6/4, 8/4, etc.).

And, yes, a jointer and planer are for bringing lumber down to final dimensions – flat, square, parallel, etc.

I have a dowelling jig (General brand, I think?). It does multiple thicknesses and different size dowels…. I don’t think I’ve used it in ten years. I like dowel centers better, but, admittedly, they don’t verify, or assist in drilling perpendicular to the edge of a board. In all honesty, though I don’t use dowels for joints very often. So, I may nto be the most reliable responder.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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