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.
Learn how to select your boards when planning your project. WOOD magazine's Jim Heavey gives yo
Learn how to prepare your boards to get perfectly flat, square sides. WOOD magazine's Jim Heavy
Learn how to select the best wood and grain patterns for your project. WOOD magazine's Jim Heave
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.