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Knocking One Out of the Park with Ash and Hard Maple

Baseball season is in full swing. Many companies are hard at work making sure that no player ever runs out of their favorite baseball bat. As we were thinking about wood turning this month, we thought there’s really no more common of an example of wood turning than...

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Top Woods for Carving

Wood comes in many species and it is important to know each woods’ individual characteristics. Each wood has different texture and wood qualities that dictate wood carving. At Hardwoods Incorporated, we enjoy carving many of the various hardwoods we carry. Wood...

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What’s New for 2015: VikingWood™

A Green Alternative for Exterior Wood Uses VikingWood™ is a natural, chemical-free material which is treated under extremely high temperatures (400oF+). Sugars are cooked away leaving a safe, green alternative to chemically preserved wood. The deep rich colored wood...

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Unique Uses of Ash

Traditionally thought of as the wood for baseball bats, ash's strength and bending quality combined with its beautiful grain structure, make it an excellent wood for a wide variety of applications. Two highlighted projects that use ash in unique ways are highlighted...

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Finishing and Painting Cypress

Cypress readily accepts paints and stains. However, many homeowners and design professionals select cypress for the appeal of its honey-like hues, which can be maintained with a clear sealer or permitted to weather to a dark gray. Regardless of the finish applied,...

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The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

What is the best way to clean my hardwood floors you ask? The answer may sound perplexing… There is NO one best way to clean your hardwood floors. What’s best for your floor depends on how old your floors are and what type of finish is on your hardwood floors. If you...

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Specifying Red Grandis

Uruguayan red grandis is plantation grown and harvested using FSC certified forestry practices. The species resembles mahogany in hardness, density and grain structure. It is aesthetically similar to cherry, mahogany or Spanish cedar when first sawn. Over time, the...

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The Making of a Trebuchet

If you attended Woodtoberfest last month you saw our trebuchet in action. If you missed it, you can take a look at this video. What is a trebuchet? A trebuchet is a type of catapult that was first used in the Middle Ages. This battle machine threw heavy payloads at...

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What does chain of custody mean?

Between the forest and the final consumer, forest products may undergo many stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. Paper, lumber and many finished products may all be certified through a chain throughout the stages of processing.  This...

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American Cherry: A Stunning Wood for Centuries

Cherry has long been used for traditional heirloom furniture and other collectibles. And these days, you can see cherry used in a wide variety of other applications as well. It is often used in architectural joinery, furniture, cabinets, flooring and musical...

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Basics of Hardwood Finishing

Determining the Right Finish for Your Project Although at least 10 varieties and more than a dozen brands of finish are available, all can be divided into two categories: penetrating finishes (those that dry inside the wood) and surface finishes (those that dry on the...

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Hardwood Check off

November 20, 2013 Contact: Jim Howard, 404.792.2290 Atlanta, GA – I would like to share my perspective on why I believe a checkoff is imperative for the long-term health of our industry. For ten years prior, I served on the Hardwood Council, two years as the...

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Confessions of a Wood Hoarder

I have been buying lumber for a long time, not for a cabinet shop or large mill work shop, but for individual small projects. In my past I have been a custom furniture maker, a teacher, a woodworking school owner. So when I say I have bought a lot of lumber, I mean to...

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Earth Friendly Finishes Part 2

Finishes are vital to protecting the beauty and performance of hardwood cabinetry, flooring and millwork, and in the not-so-distant past, it was considered practically impossible to make high-quality finishes that did not emit VOCs, both during their application and...

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Hard Maple Wood Highlight

Not Just the Leaves of a Maple Are Beautiful As fall leaves hit their peak color, maple leaves get a lot of credit for being some of the more beautiful leaves. It’s not just maple leaves that are amazing, it’s the wood that makes stunning woodworking projects. Not...

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Hardwood Finishing for the Woodworker

Finishing wood allows you to showcase the uniqueness of the wood you are using for a project. Finishing can make or break a project. Unlike metal or plastic surfaces, wood presents a substrate that varies in density, porosity, and stability. It should be handled...

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