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    Default Timber for Boxmaking.

    Hi everyone, this is a bit of an open-ended question. I have a fair quantity of West Indian Cedar, Cedrella odorata, aka Cigar Box Cedar that I probably won't get around to using. I was thinking of sawing it up for boxes, but can't decide what thickness. It's not a highly figured timber, but comes up ok when finished. The photo below misted with alcohol is fairly representative of most of the chunks.
    All suggestions will be appreciated,
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    20mm and 12mm finished dressed thickness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Croc View Post
    I was thinking of sawing it up for boxes, but can't decide what thickness.
    Crocky, seriously - there is nothing worse than someone cutting up nice timber without a specific end-use in mind, then posting it on here for everyone to facepalm over it and wish it had been left uncut so the purchaser could cut it to the thickness/dimensions of their choice for their own particular project needs.

    Now I understand not everyone has a decent resaw capability and might like to have it delivered in 12mm or whatever boards and it is of course absolutely impossible to please everyone.

    Maybe a good compromise would be to advertise pieces for sale as is for a certain price but also state that you offer a resaw service for a negotiable extra price if the purchaser requires this. It might also save you a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod1949 View Post
    20mm and 12mm finished dressed thickness.
    Thanks Rod, I have never been asked for more than 12mm, so 20mm is different?
    Rgds,
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug3030 View Post
    Crocky, seriously - there is nothing worse than someone cutting up nice timber without a specific end-use in mind, then posting it on here for everyone to facepalm over it and wish it had been left uncut so the purchaser could cut it to the thickness/dimensions of their choice for their own particular project needs.

    Now I understand not everyone has a decent resaw capability and might like to have it delivered in 12mm or whatever boards and it is of course absolutely impossible to please everyone.

    Maybe a good compromise would be to advertise pieces for sale as is for a certain price but also state that you offer a resaw service for a negotiable extra price if the purchaser requires this. It might also save you a lot of work.
    Doug, interesting response. I am unwilling to sell blocks any bigger than pepper grinder size due to hidden defects. As an example, I sold a large billet of quartersawn Northern Silky Oak to a frequent user of this particular forum, it looked perfect, no visible defects, I had even sawn up the next to it billet, but he got it home, 1st cut and there was a massive void through it. Luckily he only lives in the next suburb, but imagine the cost to me if he was way down south. As I said, it's nothing stunning, just a good timber for boxes. My other option is saw it up for woodturning learner classes.
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    never mind boxes its the best timber in the world for closet linings. Just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by John.G View Post
    never mind boxes its the best timber in the world for closet linings. Just sayin'
    John, this was a big ugly headlog I bought from the DPI that was full of rot and damage. I got it about 25 years ago, came out of the Wongabel State Forest but the longest bits are 450mm, so it's boxes or woodturning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Croc View Post
    John, this was a big ugly headlog I bought from the DPI that was full of rot and damage. I got it about 25 years ago, came out of the Wongabel State Forest but the longest bits are 450mm, so it's boxes or woodturning.
    OK, now it makes some sense that you don't want to sell larger pieces for people to resaw for themselves.
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