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Larch from the West is regularly marketed as lumber throughout the U.S., but it may be mixed with Douglas fir. For furniture and cabinets, you'll want boards graded B & BTR., C SELECT, or D SELECT. Expect to pay about $2.50 per board foot. Tamarack lumber may be locally available at sawmills or from dealers specializing in boatbuilding stock. The industry looks on larch as a resinous wood. However, kiln-dried appearance grades will have less resin than construction grades. Remember, though, that western mills don't kiln-dry softwoods to the 8 percent moisture content you normally associate with kiln-dried hardwood boards. The larch you buy may have as much as 12-15 percent moisture content. And that's perfectly fine, if you let the wood acclimate in your home for a week or so to stabilize it before you start building. But prior to working your larch, read the following tips.

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