3 in 1 crib need source of wide cherry

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07-15-2015 06:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: source wide cherry source wide maple

I am planning to build a 3 in 1 crib for my daughters first baby and am using the Wood magazine plans. The cutlist is very efficient IF you can find a source of boards that are 7 1/2” or wider. I visited my normal purveyor of all things wood and I couldn’t come up with enough Cherry or maple that will fit the bill. I need a minimum of 16 boards x 3/4” finished x 7-1/2” wide minimum x 96” long. I would have thought this was not a tall order but that width is a problem.
Of course I can re do the cut list using narrower boards, but that causes LOTS of scrap or I could pay a premium for WIDE boards (10” or more) which is even more expensive.
I really want to use cherry, but if I can’t find that then hard maple would be my second choice.
I live in southern Michigan (Adrian) and would be willing to drive a fair piece to meet my needs while not spending a fortune. I don’t have a planer or jointer so I need to buy dimensioned lumber.
Can you recommend sources that would fit my needs?

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 07:21 PM

Can you buy narrower boards and glue them up? It should be fairly easy to find 4” wide boards and cost wouldn’t be any more going by bf. Of course if your paying by linear ft for the surfacing, that will add up. You would also have to joint edges w/ a router or hand plane for the glue ups.

Never mind… now that I put it all into words, it would probably be cheaper to buy the wide boards than to pay for the surfacing of the extra boards. My best suggestion would be to contact local furniture/cabinet makers and tell them what you’re looking for and ask for advice. I have found independent craftsmen to be extremely willing to help me find what I’m looking for and will often even offer to let me “piggy back” on their next order if it’s something they have available to them which saves me a delivery charge if it’s something that can’t be had locally.

Hopefully there are some LJs from your neck of the woods that can be more helpful than I can with specific suggestions.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 07:53 PM

Hokie, The project requires narrower boards, I’m trying to get wider boards to reduce scrap and follow the cut plan. If I can find 8” boards, I would have less than 10% scrap, Narrower boards would be 30% scrap. Just trying to save some wood (and extra cost of buying scrap)

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 08:00 PM

Try Bell Forest Products. they are up here in the Upper Peninsula, but ship to everywhere. The guys there are always very helpful, and I’m sure they could find what you are looking for. worth checking it out.

Good Luck.

-- If you're lucky enough to be in the UP, you're lucky enough

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