Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Narrow quartersawn stock

Steve Elliott
For narrow stock that I want to be as stable as possible I've found it worthwhile to buy thick stock that is flatsawn and resaw it. This produces narrower pieces with quartersawn grain orientation. The higher cost of 8/4 or 12/4 lumber is offset by the increased yield of the sizes I want to have.

I like doing this when I need frame stock for frame and panel doors. I want the door to stay flat (that is, not twisted) so that the alignment of the door isn't affected by seasonal changes in humidity.

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