All About Lumber

How Rough Cut Lumber Can Be Used

Using Rough Cut Lumber Can Save You Money

Woodworkers love rough cut lumber for a number of reasons. It is usually sold at a fraction of the cost of finished lumber, and it is available much thicker than finished cuts. Although rough cut lumber does not look as good as finished lumber, it does give the skilled woodworker more of a margin for error while saving money at the same time. Many do it yourselfers and woodworkers are turning to rough ...

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How Lumber Prices are Calculated

Lumber calculations can be confusing, even for veteran woodworkers.  Starting with our Roughsawn Pricelist (on ‘Lumber’ page) you’ll see prices from $3-8/Boardfoot (Bf).  These prices apply for 4/4 (1″) thickness, 8″ widths and 6′ lengths or less.  As you get up in all 3 dimensions prices will increase incrementally.  For 8/4 (2″) thick boards the widths increase up to 20″+ or even 30″+, lengths may be from 4′ to 14′.  For the species with a base price of $3/bf (Ash, ...

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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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