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11-07-2017 08:46 PM

I’m having a heck of a time finding lumber to meet a client’s wishes for a table build. Specifically, he wants thick 8/4 – 12/4 boards (pre-planeing) and they need to be 10” wide after jointing. Ultimately, he wants 4 boards 10” x 84” and thick. We need to be <$10/bf. The kicker is that he’s looking for a very light colored wood with nice figuring. We thought we had settled on Ash, but every time I think we have a source, it falls through. No one can provide 8/4+ boards wide enough to get me to 10” finished. I have reached out to multiple hardwood vendors here (south florida) all who have suggested they could get Ash as described. All failed to be able to come through.

He doesn’t really want a slab (live edge, one piece), but would probably be open to hacking up a slab into boards and laminating them back together (rotated, flipped, etc to alter grain patterns)

So, all that to say HELP! Can someone out there make a suggestion on wood species and source to get what we need?

- light colored and figured and I would assume domestic since we need to get it here <$10/bf. doesn’t like curly or tiger maple, but not adverse to birdseye maple, ash, elm, other??
- at least 8/4 pre-surfacing
- >10” wide to get 10” after jointing
- >84” long to get to 84” after milling

thanks all!

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 09:38 PM

I can’t help you with hardwood sources since I’m out here in Arizona, but be sure he understands that a square foot of 8/4 is 2 board feet. You’d be surprised how many people miss that. I suppose because 8/4 is a bit more per board foot, they assume that’s due to thickness and that they are buying it by the square foot.

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 12:36 PM

Thanks. Actually, I’ve found quite often that 4/4 and 6/4 can often be less per board-foot than 8/4 because of supply and demand.

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 12:51 PM

Fairly easy to get maple like that up where I am in Canada, but would be a long drive for you to get it!

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 01:42 PM

This is something I think “sawmill”.

A supplier is going to charge a premium probably because of handling.

That being said, you might try Steve Wall lumber up in NC a call.

They told me they can combine loads to reduce shipping cost you may have to drive a bit to pick it up.

Have you considered veneer?

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 02:03 PM

you might give advantage lumber a call. they have a location in florida and show 8/4 ash on their website. I’m not sure if the florida location only does decking or if they stock hardwoods also.

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#6 posted 11-09-2017 06:13 PM

Wow. That is some demanding request. Large, thick, wide boards, oh and light, oh and figured, oh and less than $10/bf. Good luck with that…

I’d make sure that if you find the boards you know exactly what they want at exactly what price, cuz I’d be worried it’s gonna change on you when they become unhappy about some detail.

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#7 posted 11-09-2017 06:35 PM

The client that wants something extra special
and also wants to dictate a low price.

My favorite.

You might try to locate a sawyer.

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