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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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The History of Thermally Modified Wood

Thermally Modified Wood Started with the Vikings! Thermally modified wood products are still considered new to us here in the United States. But they’ve been widely used for over 20 years in Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and Italy for both interior and...

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Using 2 Common Lumber is Easier Than You Think

Should I Look at 2 Common Lumber for My Project? No. 2 common lumber is always worth considering. It is two notches below Select and Better (S/B), the best grade most lumberyards carry, but costs up to 50 percent less. In general, 2 common has more defects and boards...

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The Art of Stacking Molding

Creating a unique wide molding can be a design challenge and stress the budget. But it doesn’t have to be. By using multiple smaller moldings instead of one solid molding, you can stretch your budget and get the same high-end custom look. What is molding stacking? The...

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Wood Species Highlight: Hickory

The hickories are an important group within the eastern hardwood forests. Botanically, they are split into two groups; the true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing). The wood is virtually the same for both and is usually sold together. The sapwood of...

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The Splinter Wooden Supercar

Beauty and Ingenuity in Design Since the Essen Motor Show in December 2015, the wooden supercar known as “The Splinter” has been making news and creating quite the buzz. This special supercar debut was unlike any other… this supercar is made of wood. “The Splinter” is...

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Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Holiday Decor

Thinking of using reclaimed wood in your holiday décor? We have one piece of advice for you – do it. You won’t regret it. Reclaimed wood adds a vintage look to your holiday decorations while adding warmth to your home. Add an even more festive look to your project by...

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Woodtoberfest 2015

Celebrating Hardwoods in Atlanta Area - Fun For All! While some enjoyed the opportunity to wander around and take in all of the beautiful woods in stock (and there are plenty!), others enjoyed the variety of demonstrations and exhibits available. Over thirty craftsman...

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Woodtoberfest 2015 Promises to Please

This weekend we will host our annual Woodtoberfest, an event celebrating all things wood. We hope you’ll make plans to join us. With a variety of demonstrations throughout the day, there was something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to wander around and take...

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