Archive for March, 2012

Nailing Down the Best Lumber

If you’re shopping at lumberyards or home centers for posts, decking or almost any kind of lumber, prepare to hunt through the pile. Take what you need off the top or accept a delivery without checking and you’ll probably be in for some extra work (and extra waste) dealing with the warps, twists, splits and other defects. Lumber just isn’t as good as it used to be.

One reason: an increasing amount now comes from smaller, younger, faster-growing trees that aren’t ...

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The Lumber Process

Background

Lumber is a generic term that applies to various lengths of wood used as construction materials. Pieces of lumber are cut lengthwise from the trunks of trees and are characterized by having generally rectangular or square cross sections, as opposed to poles or pilings, which have round cross sections.

The use of wood as a construction material predates written history. The earliest evidence of wood construction comes from a site near Nice, France, where a series of post holes seems to ...

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