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post #1 of 3 Old 12-21-2012, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Where to find 1/2" figured wood?

Is it possible to get burl, crotch, and fiddleback woods in 1/2" width? I'm looking to possibly build a box with a solid top opposed to veneer and I would love to work with some more exotic species with decorative patterns. The piece would only need to be 1/2"X8"X12". I don't have a bandsaw or else I could buy thicker boards and cut them to width. I got inspired by looking at this woodworkers box collection (not sure if he is a member on here). He works with beautiful wood species and builds very nice boxes. Thanks. http://www.artisticboxes.com

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I think you mean 1/2" thickness and the lumber would be called figured. The great cabinetmakers of the past didn't have a band saw, a table saw or electricity. Pieces that small could easily be cut with a handsaw and a little elbow grease, then hand planed or sanded. Don't let lack of a tool hold you back.

There are tons of wood suppliers on line, even Ebay with select small pieces for sale. Some will do custom milling and a variety may be available near you at different woodworking suppliers. Google up figured lumber and the choices are astounding.
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Thanks for the reply. I changed the name of the thread to figured because I couldn't think of the word "figured" when I was choosing a title for this thread. I just got back from my WoodCraft store and they have several different blocks for turning and carving that would work for box lids. Of course they would have to be cut down in thickness, but that might be the answer. I was already thinking of just using a hand saw and then my block plane or sandpaper to smooth out the saw marks. I will have to do a search on Ebay as well.

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