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Re: Material: 5/4 Rough Western Red Cedar -- best

Traditionally, strip builders have gone to lumber yards looking for wide boards with a finished thickness of 3/4", or they buy rough sawn boards and run them through a thickness planer to make a 3/4” thick board. Then strips for building are ripped off the edge of these 3/4" thick boards.

There are problems with this method.

The explanation and the video are quite clear, using S4S lumber (not rough sawn stock).

How you choose to process your lumber probably depends on your local supply - what's available, and how it has been processed. Around Victoria BC, S4S cedar is only available in a few spots - big box stores like HD, and a consumer-type store that sells baseboards and other moldings. The 'good' lumber yard(s) only sell rough sawn cedar, as far as I have found. Certainly the small sawmills away from cities here only have rough-sawn lumber.
So, the board(s) will need to be surface planed at some point.

Also, in my area quarter-sawn (narrow vertical grain lines showing on the board face - the type needed for the method in the video) cedar is less common and more expensive than flat-sawn lumber, which produces narrow grain strips when sawn in the 'traditional' way.

BTW, using a short 'ripping fence' - on the infeed end, stopping where the blade cut stops - added to the metal fence that comes with the saw - will produce consistent width strips more easily.

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