McIlvain: A Lumber Supplier with Old-Growth Strength

The J. Gibson McIlvain lumber company lives up to its industry-wide reputation still today but owes its current status to its pre-Revolutionary-war roots. Beginning over two centuries ago, the McIlvain family has owned and operated one of America’s premier lumber suppliers since before its states were all settled, never mind united. Just like plantation-grown wood often falls short of the … Continue

Catering to Cabinet and Furniture Makers

J. Gibson McIlvain helps craftsman produce fine workmanship by supplying premium raw materials for all kinds of cabinetry and furniture projects. From commercial office interiors and custom built-in designs to antique restoration pieces to modern furnishings, J. Gibson McIlvain has the top-quality materials you need for your next project. Two of the craftsmen we specialize in supplying are cabinet … Continue

How To Eliminate Plywood Confusion

The plywood market is a difficult one to discern, and no one is arguing that fact. But that doesn’t mean you can’t become better able to navigate the twists and turns that are part of the plywood industry. In short, your confusion doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. In addition to the suggestions we make in our “Buyer’s Guide to Quality Plywood," we’d like to offer a recommendation that … Continue

Thinking Outside the Box About Lumber Sizes, Part 3

We’ve already looked at two ways you can save money, help eliminate waste, and enjoy higher quality lumber: Purchase narrow or shorter boards.  In both cases, you’re purchasing smaller boards for a lower price-per-board-foot. (There’s more to pricing than size, but that’s besides the point.) Depending on your job, the smaller size may not be a problem — but it probably won’t be a huge benefit, … Continue

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Domestic Species Focus: 3 Types of Maple

Did you know that Maple is the North American lumber species with the most widespread growth range? This remarkable tree can be found in almost every region of our continent, and J. Gibson McIlvain keeps two of the most common species, Hard and Soft Maple, as a regular part of our inventory. We’ll take a […]

Domestic Species Focus: Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Alaskan Yellow Cedar is actually a member of the Cypress family. Like Western Red Cedar, it has become associated with Cedar trees because of its aromatic quality and similar texture. Unlike Red Cedar with its more widespread growth range, Alaskan Yellow Cedar can be easily sourced and matched. Highly available and ideal for a variety […]

Domestic Species Focus: 2 Species of Oak

Domestic hardwood lumber species such as Maple and Walnut are certainly part of our nation’s rich history. At the same time, one could argue that Oak is even more representative of our rich lumber heritage. Two specific species, White Oak and Red Oak, are still widely available today, making them both affordable hardwood options for […]

The Continual Flooring Trend: Real Hardwood Flooring

Interior design trends come and go, some more quickly than others. From architecture and materials to patterns and colors, many styles come and go more quickly than you can hire a decent contractor. Perhaps you’re not one to place yourself at the mercy of trend-setting sources, but you do like to mix it up a […]

Make a Dramatic Statement with Light or Dark Wood Floors

Color trends are important, when it comes to wood floors. Of course, they’re not nearly as important as color trends with other flooring materials, since wood floors can certainly be refinished and stained a different shade, as those trends change. What’s in vogue right now, when it comes to wood flooring colors? It’s all about […]

Is an Open Concept Floor Plan Right for You?

While compartmentalized floor plans were the norm back in the 1950s and 60s, most of today’s new homes have open concept floor plans. Even older homes are being renovated to match this modern ideal, but it might not be right for everyone. If you’ve lived in an older home, without an open layout, perhaps you […]

Composite Product Overview: NuCedar Cladding, Part 3

NuCedar Mill might specialize in Shingles, but it certainly doesn’t stop there! These premium products are milled from strong cellular PVC and offer the rustic or traditional look of real Cedar but with a durable, yet environmentally friendly, spin. Vertical Siding Options Vertical Siding is definitely one of the most significant products offered by NuCedar […]