Thanks Ken I did see that offer from George which was very kind , but to date I have not used any thing other than PAR timber that has been bought more or less to size and only required only surface planing . If I do make the coffee table, ( Not decided yet) I would like to also start with PAR timber.
Next week I will check out the timber merchant I currently use and get him to give me a price. They do not do a lot of hardwoods so I expect it will be quite expensive , there is a possibility I could make it out of pine.
After attending Paul’s cause in Wales were I made a small table in Oak when I was asked to make another couple for family I priced up the cost of using Oak for PAR it was going to be about £90 which was more than I wanted to pay I made them both out of Red Wood at about 25% of the cost and I think looked just fine
Actually a very common way of buying Hardwood Lumber here is S3S. It is surfaced top and bottom, typically 7/8″ thick, and squared off on one edge. The other edge is left rough, to maximize the width of the board.