I"m a bit confused, so they charge for milling the lumber, i assume they charge by the cut or edge? I could make a straight line rip and cross cut jig. If i could joint the edges and just needed the faces flat and parallel which one of those would i ask for? You were saying i should have the faces jointed and one side edge jointed?
Yeah i'll do that. thanks for the reminder.
If you want the faces planed and not the straight line rip, ask for S2S which is Surface 2 Sides.
If you can make a straight line rip jig, there is no need to pay them for that.
They charge for what you want them to do. If you only want one face planed, That's all they would do.
If you have a planer. Just buy the lumber as is. Generally, from their lumber, you wont be planing warps or cupping. Pretty much all you will plane, if you had a planer, will be the sawmill marks.
The main thing is to keep in mind how much and what legths and widths you project will require and add 20% to that. You will be buying random lengths and widths which means you buy a whole board regardless of size. Some of the boards can be as large as 18 feet long. They will cut them for you at a nominal fee. Always give yourself extra wood to work with. Newbe's usually mess up some projects by trying to be to precise and too efficient with the lumber. ALWAYS give yourself extra. Scraps can always be used for cutting boards or turnings.
This is not like lowes or Home Depot where people are sorting through the piles. Almost every single board is good.
One other note, say for instance, you pick a 14'board and the end has a 10" split. Mention it to them and they will adjust the price acordingly.
they usually get a premium price for boards over 12" wide. Generally, you wont be buying anything that wide. Generally, the boards on the rack have sawmill marks and some fuzzying of the surface. Not always easy to tell what the board looks like when planed. So if for instance you buy a board of hard maple, you might end up with a curly maple or a birds eye maple. You will still only be paying for hard maple.
Like I said earlier, this is not like Lowes or HD.
They also have tremendous variety of plywoods, mouldings , veneers, etc.
OH, they also have scrap bins with cutoffs in them. Located by the restrooms. Good buys if you do small projects or just dont need a large board.
On the lumber racks, the general sizes range from 10' to 16' feet long and 6 - 8" wide.
Enjoy your trip