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Type of Lumber Cut and Shrinkage

How to Calculate Wood Shrinkage and Expansion

Wood movement can ruin a seemingly well-constructed project. Luckily getting ahead of the material and calculating wood shrinkage and expansion is fairly easy – all you need to do is multiply three numbers together. Here’s how to find them. Step 1: Measure the board’s width. ● Know that wider boards expand and contract more...

Steam-powered Sawmill

Last weekend I was lucky enough to wrangle an invitation to Miner’s Annual Saw Day. What’s a “Saw Day?” In this case it’s private backyard mini-festival hosted by Dale Miner and his family that features an all-day demonstration of a sawmill powered by a vintage 1916 Case steam engine tractor. The steam engine is a...

Video: Buying Lumber, and Lumber Terminology

Robert Lang heads to Frank Miller Lumber in Union City, Indiana, where he explains how to purchase wood for your project. He also visits with FML Outlet Store Manager Josh Brennen who demonstrates a few differences in wood selection, and tells us all about quartersawn white oak. – Tom Nunlist If you liked this...

Buying Hardwood Lumber – Two Approaches

Among the most often-asked questions we get are about buying lumber for a project. Although it seems to be a very basic question, and knowledgeable folks like us should have a quick answer, it isn’t as simple as going to the grocery store for ingredients for a meal. When you buy hardwood lumber, you’re...

Frank Miller Lumber – Road Trip

This entry should be titled, “They pay me to do this!” or “You Gotta Love this Job.”I’ve visited a number of lumber mills in my days of furniture building , small mills, medium mills and large mills. And I’ve been to Frank Miller Lumber Co. time and time again. But this time things were...