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Just a general question for anyone who has knowledge of how thin sawmills are generally able and willing to cut pine planks.
I've never ordered any wood directly from a sawmill and would like to know if in general rough sawn planks are possible to cut 5mm thick and 70mm wide.
Anyone have any idea ?
I know you can do it on a regular size table saw, but not sure about the larger saws that mills use.
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Ive never heard of sawmills selling wood that size, its normally like 4/4 or 8/4 2/4 etc I personally have never heard of them selling lumber that is only 3/16 (5mm) thick. maybe 6.5mm which is closest to 1/4 but I have never heard of odd ball sizes like 3/16 straight from a mill.

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Gavin,

I don't know what sort of hobby suppliers are available in your area, but there are a number of online sites that serve North America by mail order.

Thin Scrollsaw Wood, and Intarsia boards and lumber

You didn't say what length you needed, and that could be a problem with scrollsaw suppliers.

I'm sure if you search for scroll saw or craft wood suppliers you might be able to find what you need.

Also, Ebay has a lot of thin wood available also, and some may ship international.

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Ive never heard of sawmills selling wood that size, its normally like 4/4 or 8/4 2/4 etc I personally have never heard of them selling lumber that is only 3/16 (5mm) thick. maybe 6.5mm which is closest to 1/4 but I have never heard of odd ball sizes like 3/16 straight from a mill.
Why not resaw your wood.?? That way it would be cheeper that way. I resaw all the time. Wouldn't have it any other way. Just a thought? of course you would have to have a way to do that .

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Why not resaw your wood.?? That way it would be cheeper that way. I resaw all the time. Wouldn't have it any other way. Just a thought? of course you would have to have a way to do that .
Thats what I would do, but I wasn't the one who asked the question, so im assuming seeing how he is trying to find it in that thickness that they dont have a way to resaw. Lumber stores may carry it in that thickness but around here Ive never heard of a sawmill making it that thickness just for general public.

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Thanks for the quick replies.
I don't have the tools for resawing properly, and i need to keep the price down for the client. If I can get rough sawn wood in the dimension I need, it would save time which = money.
It's promising that at least 1 person has heard of 1/4 inch lumber being supplied.
The hobby wood would be a good idea, but the project is making 'rustic' looking planter box's which look better with rough sawn timber. To make planed timber look rough n rustic is a lot of work.

I spoke with a sawmill today and the guy wasn't very helpful. He said I would have to go out there and ask in person ?
Not sure why.
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I have a German supplier who supplies 5mm strips but limited to 1100mm long.
I've bought Ash and Pine off him.
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Thanks titus.
I guess it is possible then.
Out of interest, how much does your German supplier charge per square meter ?
Here in Croatia, I was told 4.50 euro a square meter for rough sawn pine
10mm x 70 mm.
Still can't get a straight answer if they are willing to cut 5mm x 70mm. That's all I need really. With 5 mm I can use my staple gun to put it together. With 10mm I have to hammer in nails. That takes twice the time because I don't own a nail gun.
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I just made some planter boxes out of rough cedar fence boards. Cedar is more rot/bug resistant and is cheaper (here anyway) than pine. They turned out very rustic and looked great.

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Thanks titus.

Out of interest, how much does your German supplier charge per square meter ?
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I only buy lengths off him and only small quantities.
There is a chippy near by who will run lengths through his TS for beer money.
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