need 3/4" and 1" material for Adirondack chairs

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Forum topic by ramblinwreck posted 03-27-2018 06:14 PM 571 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2018 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber popular mechanics adirondack cypress

I have what is surely a lumber 101 question. I’m going to build some Adirondack chairs using the Popular Mechanics plans. These plans call specifically for both 3/4” and 1” lumber, which I understand to be final (milled) dimensions, not rough lumber dimensions. See “MATERIALS LIST” here:

I’m in Austin, Texas, and it looks like most common choices for outdoor furniture in my area are Cedar or Cypress. I’m leaning toward Cypress, but it seems most of the lumber dealers around here only stock 4/4 or 8/4 cypress, I think I might be able to get 6/4 from another dealer. Obviously for the 3/4“ pieces I would start with 4/4 and then plane it down to 3/4”.

But what about the 1” parts? I’m guessing 5/4 would be ideal (plane down to 1”), but with the availability I’ve mentioned above, is 6/4 really my best bet? Am I missing anything here?


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#1 posted 03-27-2018 10:24 PM

Most of the lumber in Dallas is not really the thickness claimed even when sold as x/4 lumber.
I guess it is probably in your best interest to go and measure what you are actually getting.
Good luck and post pic of the chairs.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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