A few weeks ago, I stopped at a Mennonite lumber yard for some exotic woods. When they showed me around to find pieces, they were all 3/4 or 1". So if i wanted 1/8", they were going to resaw the thicker boards.
i bring this up now because a while back there were conversations about how difficult it might be to resaw, how much kerf there would be from the blade, and how many pieces of, say, 1/8" board you could get from a 3/4" board.
so, the answer for me when they cut down that 3/4" piece was 3. a mixture of loss/uneveness from the resaw (and they started with boards that were between 4 and 6 feet long) and then planing the resultant pieces down to 1/8".
i wondered, was the guy who did this just young and inexperienced and maybe a more experienced man would have done better? or was this common?
so i did a little searching today and found this.
a quote from that article:
Rule of Thumb: If you want to end up with 1/4″ thick, cut for about 3/8″ just in case. This is why when we resaw a 3/4″ thick board for 1/4″ pieces in our own mill, we”ll just slice it down the middle and surface the resulting two pieces down to 1/4″. It’s sensible and practical that way.
to be filed under “the more you know.”