Going to make my first ever venture to a lumber yard to buy some lumber. Been to the big box stores for years, but never to an actual mill. My goal is to make some end grain cutting boards for Christmas presents. I found that I have what appears to be a pretty good supplier not to far from me. www.wiblesupickhardwoods.com
I am hoping you guys can help me digest the terminology and get me what I need. A few questions.
1. Thickness - for cutting boards I am thinking I want 8/4. What is the minimum thickness you would recommend. I do have a planer if I need to reduce size. Is it a no no to face glue to pieces together to make a thicker piece of stock?
2. SLR1E - Everything says its straight line ripped on one edge. Will this be a true straight edge?
3. S&B vs. Fig/Curly - I am assuming the latter means Figure in the lumber? which in my eyes is not needed for an end grain board.
4. What wood types do you recommend? In 8/4 they carry red oak, Poplar, White HM, Hickory, Cherry, Soft Maple, Ash, Walnut, Alder and Basswood. I want a nice light/dark contrast - was thinking hickory or hard maple paired with walnut. Although walnut appears to be pricey compared to others.
Thanks guys, look forward to hearing your responses.