Lumberyard Prep | Popular Woodworking Magazine
 In August 2016 #226, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

lumberyardArm yourself with a good plan (or two) and your buying trip will be a success.

by Shannon Rogers
pages 48-52

I have a 10″-wide piece of 8/4 purpleheart sitting on my lumber rack. I bought it eight years ago when I visited the lumberyard. I still haven’t used it.

The funny thing is, I went to buy cherry for a blanket chest. What’s worse is that when I got home I still didn’t have all of the cherry I needed to build that chest…but I had a really cool purpleheart impulse buy.

Now don’t get me wrong. I work for a lumber company – we love impulse buys. The woodworker in me also recognizes when to jump on a unique board or deal for that yet-to-be-realized dream project. In the end, however, without a game plan in place before you go to the lumberyard, you will never get the boards you actually need to build your current project.

Contrary to popular belief, poor planning rarely leaves you short on lumber. We all know to buy extra boards; that mantra has been beaten into us. Usually poor planning leaves us with too much lumber that isn’t useful. Follow these tips, and your next trip to the lumberyard will be more successful.

Visit the author’s online school at
Website: Learn more about lumber from the National Hardwood Lumber Association.
Article: Read “Lusting for Lumber,” by Christopher Schwarz, free on our website.
To Buy: “Understanding Wood,” by R. Bruce Hoadley.

From the August 2016 issue, #226


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