lumber

Slabs From the Sawyer

I often feel like sourcing wood takes on two dissonant aspects. It can be an annoyance when I can’t find the board I’m looking for, and everything is checked, warped or has too much runout. On the other hand, I go out of my way on every vacation to visit lumberyards...

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...

The Magic of White Pine

The Magic of White Pine By Tom Caspar Aah, the magic of white pine. Just saying the name makes me smile. For a hand tool guy like me, it hardly gets any better; white pine is easy to plane, saw and pare. And the shavings smell so good, they transport me...

Lumber Library

Lumber Library These books are so easy and fun to make that you’ll want a dozen! By Jock Holmen If you can't stand throwing away good wood, you’ve probably got a stack of short boards that are just waiting to become–who knows what? I’ve turned my stack into a library of...

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...

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...