Non­stan­dard boards

The Family Handyman - - DIY ESSENTIALS -

If you’re se­ri­ous about wood­work­ing, you’ll want a join­ter and planer in your shop even­tu­ally. But if you don’t have these tools yet, know that many home cen­ters carry hard­wood thick­nesses other than nom­i­nal 1-by (3/4 in. ac­tual). You can reg­u­larly find thick­nesses rang­ing from 1/4 in. to 1-1/2 in.

If you need wide stock, you’ll also find large

1-in. or 1-1/4-in. edgeglued pan­els in one or two species. This is a bet­ter op­tion than buy­ing re­ally wide boards, which are prone to cup­ping. Solid wood stair treads are an­other handy op­tion.

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