Going to a lumberyard is like going to a foreign country. If you’ve never done it before and you don’t know the language, you’ll experience culture shock right off the bat – and sticker shock as well! Before you go, pick up a FREE copy of our handy guide to wood types. It’s your lumberyard “phrase book” for all the different types of wood and lumber grades.

We cover all the basic wood types in this handy little ebook – hardwood, softwood, plywood and particle board. Some of these are what you’d call furniture wood types, while others are only suitable for rough carpentry or shop projects. Know the difference! Download the ebook now.

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Learn about the different types of wood for furniture making in this comprehensive free article.

Learn more about the type of wood you’ll need for your next project with this free download – including how to buy reclaimed wood.

The overall type of wood you’re buying is only the beginning. You’ll also want to know a little about lumber grading and processing. This is where all the confusing acronyms come into play. What’s FAS and S4S? We provide a glossary of all the lumber types you’ll encounter.


Common types of wood – such as white pine and red oak – are in every home center and lumberyard across North America. Maybe you want to “branch” out into exotic wood types or large slabs. Start with the tips in this ebook on where to research special types of wood online and where to buy it.


Or you may find yourself looking for plywood, particle board or MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Not all plywood is the same! We researched plywood types to show you more about the wood structure and relative strength. Download the ebook now to learn all about that, plus a full section on particle board and MDF!If you start with strong wood types, your project will go a lot better – and it will last for many years. Sometimes that means spending a little more money, and sometimes not. It all depends on what you know! Get access to your lumberyard “phrase book” so you can speak the language and bring home the right deal.

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Learn about the different types of wood for furniture making in this comprehensive free article.

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