Wood and Water Relationships: Wood Movement (Part 3)

Wood and Water Relationships: Wood Movement (Part 3)

Wood movement in your projects For most projects, you don’t need to know precisely how much the wood will move, but understand it will.  Wood doesn’t exchange moisture evenly on all surfaces. Quartersawn lumber has an appearance with long, uniform grain lines....

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Wood and Water Relationships: Moisture Content (Part 1)

Wood and Water Relationships: Moisture Content (Part 1)

What is moisture content, and how is it measured? The moisture content of wood is measured as the ratio of the weight of water in a piece of wood to the weight of the wood when it is completely dry (oven-dry). You will see this referred to as a percentage.  There...

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Why Does Lumber Have Knots?

Why Does Lumber Have Knots?

Knots form during the growing process of a tree. A tree grows in two different directions. First, it grows in height. As the tree grows in height, limbs start to form off the sides. These limbs are the source of knots.  The second direction of growth is in...

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Hardwoods vs. Softwoods: What’s the difference?

Hardwoods vs. Softwoods: What’s the difference?

https://youtu.be/ebuSlPljhTY The two classifications of wood are hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwoods and softwoods vary in appearance and cellular structure.  Hardwoods are deciduous trees with broad leaves that drop in the fall. Deciduous comes from the Latin...

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How to calculate board feet

How to calculate board feet

What does board feet mean? And how do you calculate it? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s wood products specialist Jessica Becker walks you through all things board feet in this video. The formula she mentions during the video is as follows: Multiply thickness by width by...

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How to make a piece of furniture for beginners

How to make a piece of furniture for beginners

https://youtu.be/5c7OkZfC6Uk Taking on a furniture project for the first time can be intimidating. What steps should be considered? What questions should you be asking? In this video, our wood products specialist Jessica Becker talks us through the process using a...

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Shipping Rates at Fine Craftsman Lumber

Shipping Rates at Fine Craftsman Lumber

Why is shipping lumber so expensive? This is a great question and one that we get asked quite frequently. Carriers set their shipping rates for different reasons, but we have studied their rates and found some key points that will help you save on shipping. Location...

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Understanding Common Lumber Language

Understanding Common Lumber Language

If you are new to woodworking, you’ve likely come across a word or two that is commonplace in our industry but might not be familiar to you. We’ve taken some of the most common lumber terms, but sometimes also confusing to a new woodworker, and defined them in our own...

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Ask the Expert: Figured Wood

Ask the Expert: Figured Wood

https://youtu.be/FGKVux08_Sk Exploring figured wood What is figured wood? Figured wood is when the surface of a piece of wood appears to have a ribbon/unique effect. Figure in wood can happen in any specie, but it is most common in maple, particularly soft...

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Get to know Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Jessica Becker

Get to know Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Jessica Becker

From a young age, Jessica found her passion: woodworking. She gained her knowledge of wood products from working in furniture shops, a formal education at Northcentral Technical College, and of course, trial and error in her own projects. She is excited to be sharing...

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4 signs you are working with the wrong lumber supplier

4 signs you are working with the wrong lumber supplier

No matter what kind of project you are working on, if you start with low quality lumber, or the process to secure your lumber is cumbersome, the more likely it is that you won’t be happy with the end result. Here are four signs you are working with the wrong lumber...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Soft Maple

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Soft Maple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmWVQO0Haew Harvested from northern Wisconsin, our soft maple is referred to as red maple. Soft maple is known for its good machining and turning properties. Our soft maple is best used for furniture, cabinet making, millwork, and...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Hard Maple

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Hard Maple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Op0FSwKgg Customers rave about our unique ability to provide white hard maple. Our hard maple is grown in the most desirable northern hardwood regions of Wisconsin and Michigan and dried free from stick marks and a brown tint referred...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Cherry

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Cherry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPnSn1LZYgs Our northern cherry is known for its character, distinctive features, and deep reddish-brown color. Northern cherry has a lot of character including at times gum streaks and pockets. Gum is not considered a defect and can...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s White Ash

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s White Ash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5JogwwOGqY As a preferred white ash lumber supplier, you can expect us to deliver a light colored, open grained lumber, popularly used in flooring and furniture projects. Northern white ash is a unique species that offers both...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Basswood

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Basswood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7melfnamuM0 Basswood is known for its soft, clean properties. The sapwood is often cream or white in color, but darker streaks can also be visible in the species’ heartwood. Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Basswood is offered rough, meaning no...

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What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Red Oak

What to expect? Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Red Oak

Harvested from slow growth forests of the northern growing region, our red oak provides unsurpassed consistency in color and quality. Red oak is hard and heavy, with medium-bending strength and stiffness. Its availability is abundant, making it a very popular choice...

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