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Durable Decking Options: Ipe and Tali

When it comes to high quality decking, Ipe is typically considered the finest option, but the lesser-known Tali is a great sustainable alternative. Ipe Ipe, an ironwood from South America, is well-known as a top-of-the-line option for decking. As one of the hardest...

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Exterior Wood versus Composite Decking

What is More Green - Exterior Wood or Composite Decking? When building a project, small or large outdoors, so does the debate – composite decking or wood? The truth of the matter is that no material is perfect. The debate though, was not typically based on the science...

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Woods for Use in Outdoor Applications

When you’re constructing a deck or building outdoor furniture for your backyard, you want to make sure you choose a wood that can stand up to the elements. There are beautiful alternatives available to treated pine.

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What You Need to Know About Hardwood Plywood

Hardwood plywood is a great choice for furniture, cabinets, and many other projects due to its strength, stability, and convenience. There are multiple types of plywood available and each kind has its place in your shop. Learn more about the differences between the...

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Ipe Decking Features & Characteristics

What You Should Know About Ipe Decking If you’re looking for a hardwood decking option, Ipe should definitely be on your short list. Prized for its hardness and durability, Ipe is a decking option that will stand the test of time. Ipe (Tabebuia spp., Lapacho group) is...

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Forests Down Under

Learning More About Australia Through the Forest A blog by Jim Howard, President On a recent trip to Australia, I had the opportunity to visit the forests down under and learn firsthand about their native trees and local history. I visited a rainforest in northern...

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Ash Lumber and the Emerald Ash Borer

Ash is a great species of lumber to work with. Ash is known for its staining potential and ability to mimic oak. It has great shock resistance, and solid workability. To this point, it has been an economical wood that was always readily available. The light brown and...

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The Difference Between Gross Tally and Net Tally

One of the most confounding measurements to understand if you haven’t been around the sawmill and lumber business for a long time is gross tally and net tally. What exactly is the difference between gross tally and net tally? Why is lumber sold both net tally and gross tally? How do you convert from gross tally to net tally? Here are some of the basics:

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Product Feature: Rockshield’s Aspen Core Plywood

Why and When to Use Plywood Plywood is an extremely stable product, not subject to movements caused by temperature and humidity changes. This makes it perfect for applications where tolerances are tight, such as door panels set within stiles and rails. Typically...

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Product Feature – Live Edge Wood Slabs

Using wood slabs in your project is a great way to add individuality. Each slab is distinct and has its own story to tell. Each tree's unique history shines through each slabs rich grain, gnarly character and complex figure. What are Live Edge Slabs? Live edge slabs...

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Wood in Transportation

Unusual Uses of Wood in Transportation Wood can show up many unusual places. We expect to see wood used for durable flooring, sturdy house framing, and beautifully crafted furniture, but have you ever thought of using transportation made almost exclusively of wood?...

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Wood Highlight: Red Oak

Red Oak - Versatile, Budget Friendly, and Beautiful Red Oak, at least in the US, is one of those woods that we tend to take for granted. We find it used in everything from flooring to cabinets to furniture. Hard, strong, and moderately priced, red oak presents an...

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Tips for Buying Hardwood Lumber

Are you planning to stop by and buy lumber? Once you’ve decided to go beyond buying lumber at a home center, there’s some major differences to be aware of when buying lumber at a lumberyard or distributor. Here's a quick review of things to know when buying lumber at...

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Why Does Dried Wood Absorb Moisture?

Wood and Moisture: It’s All Biology Hardwood lumber just cut, referred to as green lumber, can have a moisture content of 40% or more! After hardwood lumber is sawn, it is typically air-dried to around 15% moisture content. Hardwood lumber will be continued to be...

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