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please advise - What is SCANT timber ?

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Chris Davison25/06/2013 12:35:59
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I am familiar with regular Pine timbers PAR which I have used to make furniture. SCANT is not the same stuff is it - type/species/quality wise is it?
You wouldn't use SCANT to make anything furniture wise would you so there must be a difference.
From the little I have seen/experienced of SCANT it seems very bowed/cupped/twisted or any combination of the 3....anything but anywhere near straight. Also the grain/fibre structure seems much knarlier and unpleasant.

So can anyone please tell me What SCANT actually is - how it is produced ???

Simon Reeves25/06/2013 12:53:31
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A quick Google shows several definitions, but it looks mainly like sawn timber (that may or may not be PAR, depending on which definition you read), that you might use for studwork and similar construction jobs; usually not particularly good quality.

John Browne 224/06/2018 18:34:32
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When I was working in "gyppo" mills in Oregon- 1970s-'80s- "scant-sawn" referred to lumber that included a bit of the arc of the outside of the log, so that the particular board in question didn't offer a full rectangular profile (usually at one end, only), but provided enough of a bearing surface to function in most common applications (eg stud walls). I also heard the term "wane" applied to that aspect of these same sticks. ^..^

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