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    I’m thinking about what size boards to buy when I turn up at the lumber yard. Has anyone put together a list of rough materials? I wonder if getting all of the 7/8″ finished size in 4/4 x8″ or would 6″ be more economical. Also, do all of the 1-3/4″ parts come out of an 8′ 2×8?
    Thanks for any input.


    So I have already shopped for this and here is what I’ve learnt. All of this is white oak. Here in the Pacific Northwest Puget Sound area, I found 8/4 qtr sawn white oak at $11 sq ft. And rift sawn 4/4 or 5/4 for $5.25 sq ft. You will have to do your own math : )

    I measured out and yes, you can all the 8/4 pieces out of something that’s at least 8′ x 7″. On paper or when I sketched it out on the wood at the lumber store. I’ll know for sure this afternoon when I cut the rear posts. I’m waiting to see how Paul does it, but with careful planning and cutting, I think its very doable.

    As for the rails, I got almost all of them out of one 10 foot 4/4 piece that was 5″ wide. So I have another 10 foot piece of 5/4 that is 11″ wide. I’m using a piece of this for the rear bottom rail. With all of the left over 5/4 I’m using it to make a side table. And I did buy and extra 8 foot by 6″ 8/4 piece that I’ll use for the table legs. And as a backup in case I screw up any of the thick pieces.

    But overall, yes you can get everything out of exactly what Paul showed in the first video if one takes their time in layout and cutting. So for about $300 worth of white oak with 2 8′ x 7″ pieces of 8/4 qtr sawn, 1 10′ x 6″ 4/4 and 1 10′ x 11″ 5/4 rift sawn, you can get both the side table and rocking chair with some left over. I bought it all at the same time so I can match it. As always, your mileage may vary.

    Also, on the 6″ wide piece of 4/4, I was able to get both the top and bottom rails out of one section in the first episode. And by carefully splitting the front posts out of 8/4, they are beautifully bookmatched just like Paul’s. I believe I’m finally starting to think like Paul does when he works through his layout.

    Matt McGrane

    Tedgier, I don’t want to sound mean here, but part of becoming a woodworker is figuring this stuff out on your own. Get a piece of paper (or Excel spreadsheet) and draw a board. Then start drawing your project part on the board, allowing for some waste between parts. Try different widths and lengths so that you are prepared when you go to the lumber store.

    Some people say to buy about 30% more wood than you need to account for waste, defects, extra parts, etc. Good luck.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    A free layout tool that I have found useful is Maxcut at

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