Why is a 2 x 4 not 2″ x 4″ ?

Have you ever gone to the lumber store to pick up some wood and wondered why the 2 x 4’s are actually 1-½ x 3-½ inches? At first it could seem like false advertising, or that over time the sizes just got smaller, sort of like the burgers at your favorite fast food place. Fortunately,... Continue Reading →

What is Plain Sawn? Quarter Sawn? Rift Sawn?

Plain Sawn: Plain sawn, also known as flat sawn, is the most cost-efficient method of milling logs into slabs and planks. It is achieved by milling parallel through the log, minimizing waste and maximizing lumber and slab size. There are however drawbacks to milling in this fashion, including possible twisting and cupping during drying. Quarter... Continue Reading →

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