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Have watched many router workshop videos but they never mention the size and type of wood they are using. I would like to learn the thickness of the material used in their box video and/or the adjustable book end.
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Hi Robert

Most of the time they like to use 3/8" thick stock.the one for the book stand looks like Oak and Poplar

They also like to use 3/8" thick cedar alot of the time..


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It almost looks like they used pretty much whatever scrap they had laying around on some of the smaller projects. They have specific plans for their projects at this link.


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Thanks for the replies. Thought the video on boxes looked like redwood but as you suggest it must be cedar. If they use 3/8 thickness in many projects it obviously would require a good deal of resawing.
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Hi Robert

You don't need to resaw alot of stock, you can buy it that way,think wood flooring from HD/Lowes in the hardwoods or Lam.stock...or just buy Red wood /Cedar that comes 3/8" thick..

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It's much cheaper in the long run and then you can save your band saw/planer for the big jobs
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Don't see how the use of the band saw and planer can be avoided if you follow the router workshop plans. I just received plans for book stand and they specify 1/2 and 5/8.
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Keep in mind that these projects are for the TV shows, they are teaching technique, makes sense that they use a wood that cuts nice as well as fast! You don’t really think you can rout oak or maple as fast as they do their project ! Some of their later shows, they even use straw wood. A few of the projects do look better made from stock, but for the rest use the standard wood. All the plans I’ve got from them, I used what I wanted. Just keep in mind that you may need to alter a measurement or two.
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The woods used on the shows vary depending on the project. For furniture they use ash, maple, red oak, even zebrawood. And yes Harry, with a 3-1/4 HP router you can rout the wood as you see them do it on the show. They do not use special effects, just real time video. Many of the projects are made from cedar, at least where it is adequate for the intended use. There are many places to order wood and most have the ability to size it for your needs. It is generally cheaper to order 4/4 wood and size it your self in the long run.

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Thanks for all the useful replies. I have made furniture for many years with no purchased plans and my choice of material. Do not know how I got mired in trying to follow Router Workshop plans to the letter. First time I have purchased plans of any sort.
My source of satisfactory wood material is down to one and it is some distance from my location. HD is close but their material is not worth contemplating. Any one buying material on line. Imagine the freight is enormous.
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