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    Curly maple blanks?

    Well I have this milling gig that leaves me with maple shorts. All are FAS grade and alot of it has good curl. Most are 5/4 finished by 30" long. Just wondering if I should set aside some of the nicer curly stuff for planks? If no one is intrested, then they will proably will end up in the stove.

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    I love 5/4 stuff!! Have any pic's?
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    Will get pics later today.

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    Sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    I love 5/4 stuff!! Have any pic's?
    I have seen the terms 5/4 and 4/4 a lot lately when trying to buy from lumber mills. Could someone please explain the terms and what they mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Croy View Post
    I have seen the terms 5/4 and 4/4 a lot lately when trying to buy from lumber mills. Could someone please explain the terms and what they mean?
    The term 4/4 and 5/4 refer to the thickness of the material. 5 1/4 would be 1 1/4 inches and 4/4 would be 1 inch. I have been told that many moons ago the sawyer who operated the carrage used to cut the lumber had a lever to set the thickness of the lumber and ever time he moved it up a notch it would change the thickness by 1/4 of an inch. thus 4/4, 5/4 6/4 etc. I couldn't swear to the truth in that but maybe Frank Fusco will confirm it for us...
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    What is this? "operated the carrage"
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    Oh, to wish we were closer, I'd be a knockin' at your door for a chance at your castoffs...

    BTW Back in the golden days... Wood thickness was measured in the 1/4" (quarter inch) incruments. How many quarter inches thick? 4/4, 5/4. 6/4 etc. I think it was due to the notches on how far the saw could be adjusted... quarter inch was as fine as they could adjust, so it became the "Standard"

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    Will get pics saturday when I sort out the pallet of rejects. They dont go to waste. I will save some for drawer boxes and cabinet parts. The curly stuff does not work for this, so id rather pass it on to others or burn it.

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