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Joppy03/12/2019 20:36:52
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Having to downsize my workshop I'm thinking of making smaller objects (trinket boxes, picture frames, etc.) which will need thin section woods, 1/8in to 1/4in for example, but I see Hobbies only do these in narrow planks of 3 to 4 inches wide, while I may need wider, up to 8 or 9 inches . Rather than going the butt joint road, is there a supplier who can provide such widths. I don't want to use ply, except where it won't matter.

Derek Lane04/12/2019 10:02:02
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Unfortunately, that is the widest I have found. I tend to make my own when needing pieces this is an advantage in that I can use any type of wood to suit the project.

The downside to that is you need the equipment to be able to do that. I buy or acquire all of my woods in rough sawn and dimension it as required.

As you can see from these models I made.

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Joppy04/12/2019 17:21:22
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I am currently able to plane/thickness for my own needs, but sometime next year I lose my garage and shed through moving accommodation, so won't be able to do that any more. I am thinking that I might find a local group (Ipswich Makerspace looks useful) that I can latch onto, and go in that direction.

Paul Bodiam11/12/2019 15:23:39
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You can get thin section hardwood in wider planks from specialist instrument maker suppliers, but you will be paying a hefty premium for "tonewood" - usually quarter-sawn.

When I get blanks in for guitar making, they arrive around 5mm thick straight off the saw, and I plane them down to my requirements (usually 2 to 3 mm thick).

Cedric Wheeler30/12/2019 21:05:38
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If you do find a source of wider section timber as thin as you require it will almost certainly cup unless you have quarter-sawn which will be very expensive. If your but joints are good & you match the pieces before gluing you will hardly see the line & will have a more stable piece to work with.

Cedric

Joppy31/12/2019 12:06:24
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I checked out the idea in Paul Bodiam's post, and, for a hobby user like myself, it comes too expensive. I'll be butt jointing, as suggested.

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