Every month we feature two woods, one domestic and one exotic, usually at 25% off or more! We bring in fresh, new stock so the supply is at its very best, too. Plus we have several other special lumber & wood buys you'll find right here.
by Mark Stephens Mar 4, 2017 30
Those who build projects out of mesquite may appear a little nuts to woodworkers who are used to the likes of cherry, walnut, oak, and similar woods. Mesquite’s beauty comes from a different breed of criteria other than clear wood. Namely the worm holes, splits, checks, knots, and bark inclusions that characterize the tree and her …
by Mark Stephens Feb 13, 2017 7
width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> 1. Start with your project idea It can be a full plan or just a simple sketch 2. Make a parts list Then determine the board footage of each part 3. Add it up Then estimate a waste factor for some margin to work with Don’t Like Math? …
What do these lumber fractions mean? 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 In short, these fractions are the names for the thickness of hardwood lumber. The thickness is expressed as a fraction, and goes in increments of quarters of an inch. However, this fraction is more of a name than it is a precise measurement. It …
by Mark Stephens Jan 4, 2017 3
American Black Walnut Is The Craftsman’s Darling It’s dark, handsome, classy, and a downright joy to cut, shape, sand and finish into a wonderful project. But there’s a downside. It’s really easy to look at a pile of walnut and assume it’s low in quality because walnut, the poor guy, has a lot of characteristics …
by Mark Stephens Apr 4, 2016 71
width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It’s so easy to stain and dye ash to create the color you want because it’s so pale in color and because it doesn’t blotch. Sure, you could finish this wood with a totally clear finish no problem. But that’s not what we’re going to share today. Instead, let’s look at …
by Mark Stephens Jul 11, 2014 0
Every month we feature a different hardwood by stocking up with fresh new inventory and by slashing the price by 25% or more. But did you know that every month we also provide a chance for you to test out the wood and get a feel for it yourself? In every one of our stores you …
When you’re out to buy lumber, we want you buy from us. No surprise there, right? Most importantly, that’s why we try to provide you with a whole menu of choices so you can buy wood that meets your needs. If you want to buy just a small piece of something exotic, no problem. We’ll …
by Mark Stephens Aug 18, 2010 2
While most of the fun of woodworking is in building custom and unique projects, the downside is wood waste. Nobody likes it, but it’s just a fact of woodworking. When you sit down to figure out the amount of wood your project requires, there are a number of things you should account for: 1. You’re …
Stripes, colors, and all kinds of shapes characterize this set of wood turnings from Jim King. There’s even a piece made from spalted bloodwood, which I find highly unusual. I want to know more about the wine dispenser. Is the wine chamber wood only, or is there a container of some kind inside?
It all comes from the same tree: hard maple, rock maple, sugar maple, brown maple, white maple. The acer saccharum to be most specific. That species name, saccharum, is Latin for sugar. You might be drawing the correct conclusion about now that that the very tree that gets harvested for beautiful hard maple lumber is …
by Mark Stephens Aug 17, 2009 10
Yes, you too might be convinced that the wood called purple heart is dyed to get that vivid color. Or maybe that it’s not a wood at all. It happens every day in our stores where we invariably get asked, “So, c’mon is that really the natural color?” Well, it most certainly is.
by Mark Stephens Jun 18, 2009 5
I’m going to surmise that you’ve never used alder for woodworking projects. Few woodworkers have. On a whole, they’re just too busy making beautiful things with walnut or cherry or oak to stop and consider this wood. Poor souls. It’s time to pause for a minute. Down in the southwestern U.S. we see it often, …
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