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Study: My Understanding of Lumber

All you need to Know before Buying Lumber from a Lumber Yard

If you are new to woodworking, you may be intimidated by having to visit a lumber yard. You may not know the exact thing you are looking for, and even if you do, you may feel out of place, and it may be difficult for you to ask for it. There is a wide range of wood that you could choose from at a lumber yard, unlike a home center. Lumber yards will arrange lumber in stacks depending on their species, and they may go as high as the ceiling. You can also find reclaimed lumber from barns and other buildings. The wide variety of products to choose from makes it difficult to settle for particular lumber since you may not know the exact product you are getting. By reading through this comprehensive guide, you will realize that finding a lumber yard doesn’t have to be as hard when you know exactly what you are looking for.

Lumber is categorized using thickness as the dimension, and it is important you know how thick their lumber is. There are a few standard thicknesses in which wood is sold depending on the size of the lumber when it is cut at the sawmill. Lumber is measured in quarter inch increments called quarters with a full unit or one inch being called a four quarter. One thing worth noting is that the boards are not perfectly flat. If you want a one-inch thick board after refining, you should find one that is a bit thicker to leave some room for u to plane it down while no eating into the board dimensions o much. If There is an up in it, you will have no other option but to remove material on both faces t make it even and parallel.

The pricing policy should play a significant role in your decision making. The volume of a board is measured in units called board feet, and this is what most lumber yards will use to set the prices o their lumber. To find the board feet, you multiply the width of a board by the length by the thickness (all measurements are in inches) and then dividing the final result by 144 which is a constant value.

Settle for a surfacing option that suits your needs. There are two main types of surfacing namely rough surfacing and dressed surfacing. The lumber that comes straight from the sawmill with a rough and uneven surface is what is referred to as rough surfaced lumber. If lumber is dressed, it means that it has gone through a plane. Designated S2S is a term used to refer to a board that has been surfaced on both parallel sides while S4S means it has been surfaced on all four sides. When buying surfaced lumber, you may have to pay a little more money.

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