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Forum topic by pneufab posted 06-24-2012 12:42 AM 2085 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2012 12:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tiger maple service thickness sander drum sander chicago pay milling sanding

I am not sure if this is the right place to request this, but I figured, what the heck?

I purchased some tiger maple that I am going to re-saw into pieces approximately 4” x 14” x approximately 5/16” thick. The problem is that my planer is not the best and on the sample piece, did not provide a very good finish.

I would like to inquire if there is anyone in the area that has a thickness sander that would be willing to surface these pieces for me? I would like to keep them as close to 5/16” as possible, but I know they may have to be sanded to 1/4” (did not re-saw all of them yet). I would like all of the pieces to be the same thickness, regardless of what thickness (1/4” min thickness though)

I work in Villa Park and live in West Chicago (suburb about 30 miles west of the city of Chicago) so ideally it would be a suburb in that area.

If I don’t get any response, I will start contacting cabinet shops in the area, but thought I would give it a shot here first.

I would, of course, be willing to pay for this service. I will have about 15 pcs of approximately 4” x 14” that I would like surfaced.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 02:05 AM

The shop I work in has a 3 ft wide bend sander in Madison, WI. May be a bit of a drive though. You may want to have the pieces longer if possible. The minimum length for ours is 16”. I have run shorter pieces through it but the rollers may not catch the end of the piece and similar sanders may have the same issue. Just something to keep in mind.

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 02:34 AM

Thank you so much for the advice! I haven’t cut the wood up, so I will leave them 28” and then cross cut them after sanding!

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#3 posted 06-24-2012 06:18 AM

I actually live IN Villa Park so I know of one close by and one farther away.

Owl Hardwood Lumber Company in Lombard (

I know they do most services like that and I know they do thickness planing, not sure about thickness sanding though. I’ve been there several times and they’re very good and knowledgeable so call and see if you’re interested.

Otherwise, there’s the Hardwood Connection in Sycamore which might be closer to you in West Chicago ( I haven’t been there myself since it’s a bit of a drive but they say they do planing and sanding.

Hope that helps!

-- Ben from IL

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