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Thread: Do Pros use rough sawn boards for Kitchen cabinet builds?

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    I work the same in my own work. I also workmthat way “at work” when it requires. Most of the time it doesn’t. Sure do you bang your head on the wall fighting square, making a face frame here and there twice, sure.

    Actually right now I’m making three counters. Two solid walnut to finish at 1.25” thick one hard maple to finsh at the same. The boss is loosing his mind that I insist the lumber be in the shop two weeks before I even mill it. Drives him even more hits that I take a week to take it from 8/4 to it’s finished 1.25”

    My counters stay perfectly flat end to end with zero twist cup whatever. I watched someone make one “my boss” a week ago and it didn’t stay close to flat for even a day.

    Some things you can rush, some things you can’t.

    As you said

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Holcombe View Post
    A cabinet shop might go out of business doing it this way but I process material for furniture taking an approach which minimizes reaction movements.

    I plan my major millwork for any project ahead of the project by a few weeks (if possible) so that I can work the material in a few stages. First stage is a rough breaking down, from rough lumber to rough part dimensions (so long as they're oversized for further processing). Wait a period of time, then move into surfacing, references then dimension. Once they're at dimension I want to process through the project quickly because often enough I find the final form retains the wood's flatness if I did my design work well enough.

    Certain projects just don't call for it and I can move from rough to finished in one day but the parts are always straighter if I give them time between stages of work.

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    Of course it stays flatter and straighter. If it doesn't there is a lack of skill in the processing. Many boards straighten
    imediately in reaction to removing wood from the convex side. It's a skill seldom taught any more, I think liability issues
    are a big reason for that. Management scared of facing convex side. Some woods are unstable ,and skilled guys know
    the qualities of their materials. Up to this point the discussion has been mainly "is it worth the trouble". "Is there any point
    in trying to mill your material straight and flat", would have been a much shorter conversation.

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