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I’m very new to woodworking - I’ve installed a floor and done baseboards, and was thinking for my next project I could build a Little Free Library to improve my skills.

Looking at the example plans on the Little Free Library website, list a few kinds of trim in the materials that I’ve been unable to find at Home Depot:

  • 9/16 x 9/16 x 15” pine
  • 1/2 x 1 x 96” pine
  • 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 96” pine
  • 3/8 x 3/8 x 72” pine

As this is a beginner book I assumed all the materials would be readily available, but these don’t seem like standard sizes.

Should I buy larger pieces of trim / dimensional lumber and cut them down to the sizes above instead?

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Should I buy larger pieces of trim / dimensional lumber and cut them down to the sizes above instead?

Yes.

These would be assumed to be sawn by the user. Any time you see something in a cut list or plan that isn't a nominal size of dimensional lumber it has to be sawn from larger stock — sometimes substantially larger, since you might want to e.g. start with Doug fir 2x6s, and not just the closest size.

And if for example you wanted to build something from southern yellow pine specifically you might start with 2x8s and up, as SYP is commonly the species found in much wider boards (although there'll be some regional variation here).

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  • That’s so helpful - thank you so much @Graphus! Commented Sep 30, 2023 at 11:56
  • Agree that following the plans requires the right size stock, but it’s a little cruel of the Library people to spec such non-standard sizes. The OP might want to draw their own plans based on commonly available sizes of wood. Commented Oct 2, 2023 at 2:25
  • Or cheat: the 9/16x9/16 door sill could be a bit of scribe moulding that’s something like 1/2”x3/4 with a roundover. Commented Oct 2, 2023 at 2:30

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