American Lime

Following on from my guide to working with PAR (or not…), I want to show you more on what I get up to with this regular supply of “painted furniture” work. To start with, let’s talk a bit about the timber itself – which, in case you hadn’t gathered from the heading above, is American lime.

Lovely lime.

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Working with PAR

At one time or another, you’ll probably have considered buying your timber as PAR (planed-all-round). Perhaps only in the beginning, when the lure and cost of your own planer/thicknesser (or, even, two separate machines) seemed like one giant leap too many when you were just getting in to this past-time. While timber and other tools would put enough of a burden on your bank balance, it has to be said that there’s a lot of money to be saved in the long-term, if you’re able to prepare your own boards. Also, you’ll be able to control the selection of timber and grain patterns for each component.

Then again, if you don’t do a lot of woodworking in a single year (some people have real lives, or so I’m told…), you may as well be better off just letting the yard do all the hard work for you. Whatever your situation, there are a few things you need to be aware of, if you’re considering letting someone else do all the prep-work for you, and paying for it…

3.6m long, and it's a bit of a squeeze!

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