Lumber and Sheet Goods
Knots need not be a nuisance. Featured judiciously, they become a striking focal point in your project.
The smooth, dead-flat faces and void-free interior of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) make it ideal for jigs, as a substrate under veneer or laminate, and for building utility cabinets.
Given the choice between a hardwood retailer’s top-quality lumber, its second-best, or its lowest quality, you’ll ask for the best every time, right? Great lumber lurks in those lower-grade bins.
Of all the traditions in woodworking, frugality may be the most time-honored and deeply held. Two types of materials—sheet goods and hardwoods—require distinct approaches to maximize savings.
The convenience and availability of ready-to-use lumber from big-box stores make it an attractive option. Learn to find the good stuff, and then how to make it work hard in your shop.
Let Mother Nature be your co-designer as you build dazzling projects with wavy edges, bristly burrs, bark inclusions, and other “flaws” that give wood a look of unrefined beauty.
Lessons in choosing and using lumber for top results.
Confused by board vocabulary. This illustrated glossary will be your definitive guide.