Rip 2x4

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Old 03-22-14, 11:09 AM
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Rip 2x4

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I am fairly new to furniture building. I see some plans that call for 2x2s. Can I rip a 2x4 on a table saw to turn it into a 2x2?
 
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Old 03-22-14, 11:26 AM
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Yes, but half of a 2x4 is slightly larger than a store bought 2x2, just set your fence accordingly.
 
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Old 03-22-14, 11:27 AM
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Yes, provided you want the final size to be 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". The 2x4's you will find will mainly be SPF, which stands for a mix of spruce, pine and fir species. Around here, you can also commonly get cedar 2x4's too. They would probably be of better quality than the SPF.

Some places will stock solid 2x2 poplar, which would probably be more suitable for a furniture project.

You want dry wood that is stable and not prone to warping or twisting like some dimensional lumber is, and you don't usually want knots in your lumber if you are making furniture/cabinets.
 
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Thanks for the info. My problem is finding a decent lumber yard in Long Island. This seems like the best alternative.
 
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I would think that any Home Depot would have some thick 2x poplar in the aisles with all the trim. Maybe its not available out there.

Edit: I seem to be thinking of Menards. 2x2 poplar trim.
 
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