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Log lessons you can use at the lumberyard

Pick your wood quicker with less sorting, stacking, squinting, or straining.

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The deep, often-dark bins of a hardwood retailer aren't always the best environment for choosing the perfect board for your project. Without unstacking and restacking hundreds of pounds of lumber, your best view of the wood is often a small cross-section of end grain. How much can you really tell about the wood with just that glimpse? We sliced into a walnut log to get some answers.

Want to know what a work-from-home day looks like for WOOD designers Kevin Boyle and John Olson? Hint: It involves this log and a bandsaw mill.

Continued on page 2:  End grain at a glance


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