Wood Preparation

Learn how to select, mill, and size lumber for project parts. Find out how to optimize lumber for maximum yield and the best appearance for your projects.

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10 tune-up tips for perfect planing
Your benchtop planer takes a beating in normal use. Give it routine maintenance for glassy-smooth results board after board.
Dealing with wood defects
There's no such thing as the perfect board. But you can salvage a lot of "challenged" lumber using these tricks.
Lessons in Logging
The WOOD team spends the day at Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle's home, milling lumber from logs.
Fast & Easy Template Routing
When you’re making multiples of an irregular-shaped workpiece, make quick work of it with templates.
Waterfall Wonder
Create miter joints on natural-edge slabs for the look of a continuous-grain drop-off.
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More Wood Preparation

Pressure-treated lumber: to finish or not to finish?
I’m building some outdoor projects out of pressure-treated lumber and am wondering what finish, if any, I should use?
Dealing with Wood Movement
Help your projects avoid the snap, crackle, or pop caused by wood expanding and shrinking.

Planer tricks & truths

Follow these simple steps for top results every time.