What to Expect: Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Live Edge Slabs

What to Expect: Fine Craftsman Lumber’s Live Edge Slabs

Most people love a beautiful live edge slab. It’s one of the easiest ways to bring a natural look into a home. Just as any fine craftsman knows, not all lumber is created equal, and slabs are no exception. Because slabs can be quite an investment and are often used...

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Buying Lumber? Ask These Questions!

Buying Lumber? Ask These Questions!

Buying lumber can be an intimidating process. There are many considerations that must be made and each will ultimately impact your timeline, project, and sanity. The good news: There are ways you can make the process a little easier on yourself while ensuring you get...

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Wood Gluing Basics

Wood Gluing Basics

In woodworking, there are three things that affect a wood joint: the adhesive, the wood, and the interface region (the area between the wood and the adhesive). You want to strive for a 100% wood failure. This means the adhesive is stronger than the wood itself....

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Lumber Consistency is Key

Lumber Consistency is Key

Any good woodworker knows how important consistent lumber is to the success of their projects. From color, grain, grade, and quality, if the lumber you receive from one order to the next is inconsistent, it will create huge headaches for you (and seriously affect the...

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Bar Top Base Build – The Craftsman’s Notes

Bar Top Base Build – The Craftsman’s Notes

With the live edge red elm bar top complete, it was time to make the mobile base. We wanted the base to still make a statement but not take away from the beauty of the live edge top. The design we came up with was a chevron pattern with each board being a different...

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Dangers of Buying Low Quality Lumber (And How it Costs You)

Dangers of Buying Low Quality Lumber (And How it Costs You)

Quality is a big factor to consider when making any purchase. Just think of food or a part for your car. In most instances, you get what you pay for. As a woodworker, and especially a woodworker who has worked with good and then not so good lumber, you know just how...

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Sapwood vs. Heartwood for Woodworking

Sapwood vs. Heartwood for Woodworking

https://youtu.be/-Q6NkNbj_c4 Sapwood Sapwood is the white or cream colored ring on the outer zone of a tree. Its cells are live cells that conduct water movement throughout a tree.  Heartwood Heartwood starts to form in trees 14-18 years old. It is the dark...

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What Advantages Does Kiln Dried Lumber Provide?

What Advantages Does Kiln Dried Lumber Provide?

Moisture loss of lumber is dependent on temperature, relative humidity, and air velocity. In a kiln, the operator has control over these variables. This control results in faster drying times, reduces drying degrade, produces phytosanitary lumber, and has a more...

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Ultimate Guide for Planning Your Cutting Board Project

Ultimate Guide for Planning Your Cutting Board Project

Cutting Boards. Everyone uses them. They are one of the first things that you think of when you think about kitchen essentials. Used for many things like chopping, a hot pad, or maybe a cover for your misfit pan, they come in different sizes and in different...

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What Makes Fine Craftsman Lumber Different?

What Makes Fine Craftsman Lumber Different?

While we’ve been producing and delivering high quality lumber for more than 90 years, we might be new to you. And naturally, you might be asking yourself, “Why should I choose Fine Craftsman Lumber?” There are a number of reasons why we are different when compared to...

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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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