I purchased my thick wood stock for my wheel from a local supplier on thursday and took it to a millwork shop to have it flattened and squared. I found a great deal on 12/4 red oak for $1.20 per board foot. 12/4 refers to the thickness (12 quarters=3") and board foot is sort of a measurement of volume( 3" thick x 12" wide x 72" long =18 bd. ft.) Most of what I could find was anywhere from $8-14 per bd.ft. and would have been shipped to me for about $50+ more. This oak was in pretty nasty shape(hence the price) so I had to buy more than I actually needed to get good pieces out of it but I still came out far ahead. It's not the prettiest wood but it has a lot of character which I prefer.
Here are 2 pieces that were milled for me.
Here you can see the thickness and the rough edge. The other edge is cleaned up and squared so this edge will be waste. After planing the thickness came out to be 2 3/8".
Here is all the stock cut up. The plans call for 3x3" legs but to end up with 3" you have to start with 4" rough lumber which is quite pricy and unavailable locally. So my legs will end up being 2 3/8 x 3", eh what can you do? One of the pieces I got wasn't actually oak, it's sweetgum so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, I know I'll use it for the treadle bar at least.
Here are a few pots I made on Wed. during my advanced class. We were exploring ways of embellishing the surface but still being able to finish right off the wheel. The piece on the far right has a white slip between the ridges.