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Hardwood Lumber Buying Guide

Hardwood Lumber Buying Guide

Prized for its hardness, stability, and variety of colors and grain patterns, hardwoods are the material of choice for many applications including joinery, high-end furniture, outdoor paneling, decks, and flooring. Some of the most popular hardwoods include ash, birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, poplar, teak, and walnut. In addition to the decorative quality of the
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Grades of Plywood

plywood grades

Plywood is an engineered wood that is a staple in many home building projects because of its strength and low cost. Understanding the different grades of plywood is critical to choosing the best material for the task. Read More: Choosing The Right Plywood For Your Project Grades of Plywood: Softwood In the case of softwood
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What Is Hardwood Plywood and What Is It Used For?

Hardwood plywood

Hardwood plywood is manufactured by gluing together multiple layers of wood. The face and back veneer are made out of hardwood, which comes from deciduous trees like birch, oak, mahogany, maple, teak, and beech.    Depending on the manufacturer and type of plywood, the core can be made from any type of material, including softwood, hardwood,
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Choose a Specialty Lumber Store for Your Next Project

why choose a specialty lumber supplier

Discerning woodworkers have long known the truth about finding the quality, selection and expertise to make their projects a success, and it can be found in where they choose to source their materials. Today’s world of shopping offers a myriad of stores and retail options to shoppers.  Whether you’re a professional contractor or getting started
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Birch Plywood vs. Baltic Birch

birch plywood vs baltic birch

Although they share a name, Baltic Birch and standard birch plywood have several key differences that can impact the strength, stability, and overall visual appeal of your next project. Discover the main differences between standard birch and Baltic birch, and find out which one is best for your needs. Veneer Thickness Both types of plywood
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Caring For Teak Furniture

brushing stain on teak boards

Teak is a beautiful, natural-looking wood that’s often used for outdoor furniture. It’s durability allows it to withstand weather, including snow and rain, without warping or twisting. Although teak requires very little maintenance, properly caring for the wood will prevent your furniture from becoming discolored, forming mildew, or drying out prematurely. Weathering When teak is
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What Is Edge Banding and When Should You Use It?

rolls of edge banding

Rough or unfinished edges are not the most sought after look when building furniture or cabinet. But, when using plywood or particle board, it is common to have edges where the grain and finish do not match the other sides. Sometimes, those raw edges aren’t a problem — they’re destined to be hidden as a
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When to Use Wood Veneers vs. Solid Wood

wood veneer vs solid wood

From a distance, it may be hard to tell the difference between wood veneer and solid wood – until you look at the price tag. While wood veneers are affordably priced, some solid wood furniture can cost quite the pretty penny. If you’re wondering when you should opt for veneers and when you should splurge
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Indoor And Outdoor Uses For Aromatic Cedar


Typically, when you think of cedar, what comes to mind is its spicy signature aroma. That scent is what gives Aromatic Cedar its reputation for repelling moths, among other insects and vermin. But Aromatic Cedar isn’t just useful for preventing your woolly clothes from being mistaken for a snack. The lightweight, workable wood can also
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How to Prevent Plywood Delamination

plywood delamination

Plywood is created by gluing layers of thin veneers together, and delamination occurs when these layers separate. Although delamination can be caused by several factors, separation often occurs as a result of improper manufacturing processes. Today, we’re reviewing common signs of delamination as well as post-manufacturing causes of plywood separation and how to prevent them.
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