Lumber and Sheet Goods
Find all you need to know about choosing and working with lumber and sheet goods. See tips and tricks for using hardwoods, softwoods, exotic woods, MDF, and plywood.
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.
Knowing how and where to find good wood can save you loads of money.
I recently purchased a bubinga board 2" thick, 3' across. I had it shipped from Oregon to Tucson, Arizona. How long should it acclimate before I use the boards?
My deck, made of pressure-treated pine, is beginning to look weathered. Is it safe to remove the boards and “freshen them up” by running them through the planer?
What is chatoyance? I read the word in a finishing article online, but my dictionary isn’t much help.
I just got some medium-density fiberboard (MDF) from my local home center. It seems coarser than I’m used to and shreds when I cut or rout it. What gives?
I recently built picnic tables out of rough-sawn pine. Sap constantly bleeds out around the knots, making it impossible to sit in certain spots. Do you have any suggestions?