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.
Is it safe to consider the factory edges of plywood to be straight and square, or will I need to true them up?
I would like to make a box with a top that’s 13" wide using a 14"-wide mahogany board. Will there be a problem using a single board for the top?
I’m doing a huge shop overhaul and considering all my organization options. So the question arose: Should hardwood be stored horizontally or vertically?
Some insect has infested my stack of drying cherry and red oak lumber. The oak, especially, has thousands of tiny holes. Can you tell me what it is and how to get rid of it?
Cutting rectangular boards from a round tree sometimes results in stock that distorts as it dries. You still can make this lumber work in your shop.