Picking Planks

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Jim Dodd
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Picking Planks

Post by Jim Dodd » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:03 am

One of the first things a new builder must decide, is weather to buy strips, or cut you own ?
If you opt for cutting your own. Here is what to look for in your planks.
FLAT or horizontal grain planks will produce quarter sawn strips. These are my favorite, as they are strong, and easy to machine. They sand even, and produce a fine canoe, or kayak.
In a nut shell, here is a pick of what I look for when I sort planks for my strips. Image
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Re: Picking Planks

Post by JesseP » Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:53 pm

Looking for advice on buying cedar locally to mill my own strips. My options are limited and am left to either rummage through the 16' 5/4 pile of WRC from Home Depot, or order WRC from local hardwood dealer. If I choose to order through hardwood dealer I cannot get full length strips and cost and delivery time would be much greater. My concern with boards from Home Depot is that I may get boards with more than desirable amount of knots and may be discarding a lot of lumber. A question I have is has anyone used lumber from Home Depot to mill their own strips? If so, how did it work out? Home Depot says it is premium WRC not sure if that makes much of a difference.

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Re: Picking Planks

Post by Cruiser » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:06 pm

Hi Jesse,

Sourcing the lumber first time can be both traumatic and frustrating ... I know it was for my first build. I called my local specialty shop and was told they only stock to 16' ... same as Home Depot ... I was finally resigned to looking at the Home Depot stock, when I decided to go physically check the specialty shop lumber yard .... I noticed a pile of 2x4's sticking out and asked the yard hand what they were ... he said that when they get a shipment, some of the clear premium grade came longer and they set it aside. These were 19-20' beautiful pieces and I had talked with the manager and was told they didn't stock longer than 16'. (BTW, second build I went back and they had 1x8s, but not 2x4s ... you just have to check).

It is important to go actually look in the yard for what is available.

Also, and maybe more important, the forum members here have scoped a lot of the available suppliers ... if you provide where you are looking, some one can likely help. I went from not finding any wood, to having 5-6 solid suppliers.


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Re: Picking Planks

Post by JesseP » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:08 pm

Cruiser,

Thanks for the advice.. I may go to the yard tomorrow and ask if I can go through any cedar length they may have laying around. If I am lucky enough to stumble upon some clear cedar boards then BONUS, if not I will resort to HD and go through their pallets. As per your advice I have added my location to my info in hopes that someone may be familiar with my area. If scarf jointing it is then that is what I will do.

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Re: Picking Planks

Post by Cruiser » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:42 pm

Don't see your location yet

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Re: Picking Planks

Post by JesseP » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:49 pm

Problem solved :wink
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Re: Picking Planks

Post by Jim Dodd » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:03 pm

I've done the lumber yard search thing.
I find, if I tell them what I'm using it for, they seem to be more helpful.

I Always buy #3, and better, finished on three sides. In other words Cheap stuff.
SORT SORT SORT ! Don't order sight unseen lumber for strips ! That brings back nightmares to me !
Some buy 2x4s, even 4x4s, and work them down. That's great if you have toolage to work with.
My preference is 1x stock. 1x8s or more preferable 1x12s.

In any case ! Good luck on the hunt !

Jim
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