Sue Burnet

My company makes a number of wooden doors every year (see "Building a Wooden Storm Door," Sep/14), using rough-sawn (unsurfaced) lumber that we purchase from a local supplier. We order the stock with one ripped edge to facilitate the initial milling steps.

The advantages to milling our own lumber—instead of working with S4S (surfaced four sides) lumber (available in most lumberyards and home centers)—go beyond door making and extend to any number of fine-woodworking tasks where having control over the flatness and stability of the wood is paramount. Doing our own milling also lets us dictate the...

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