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 […]

Thinking Outside the Box About Lumber Sizes, Part 2

What’s wrong with short lumber? What’s wrong with short people? Contrary to Randy Newman’s song from the 1970s, the answer is the same for both: Absolutely nothing. Here’s a fun fact that backs up that claim: The U.S. lumber market is really the only one that specifies lumber according to such a term. In America, […]

Thinking Outside the Box About Lumber Sizes, Part 1

Did you know that the U.S. lumber market tends to be a little different than the rest of the world? For one thing, we generally want completely perfect lumber and are unwilling to settle for anything less — for any application. For another thing, we’re big on size. Maybe too big. We’ve looked before at […]

Making Sure Your Lumber is Legal

Illegal wood is a problem that affects all of us. As a buyer, you need a way to know that the wood you are purchasing is, in fact, legally harvested. FSC certification once provided that guarantee, but recent events have caused people to wonder. In 2011, the Justice Department raided Gibson Guitar Company. In the […]

Lumber Lingo: Quarter Sawn Oak

Just about anyone who’s ever shopped around for wood products—from individual homeowners shopping for decorative shelving or kitchen cabinets to contractors seeking vast amounts of wholesale lumber—has heard or seen wood marketed as “quartersawn oak.” The attentive consumer has likely noticed the higher price tag attached to such wood products, but some may wonder exactly […]