The success of a project begins with the products you use to build that project. Of course, we need the right tools to get the job done right, but – if we’re working with wood – we also need the right lumber. Do you know what to look for when shopping for lumber?
The first thing you need to determine is what type or lumber would be best for your building or woodworking project. For example, if you are building something outside, such as a deck, you want lumber that will stand up to the elements.
Pressure treated lumber, which contains insecticides and anti-rotting properties, is the most common deck building material because of those qualities, as well as its cost and accessibility. Cedar is also a great decking material because it keeps shrinking and expansion to a minimum. Hardwoods are also a nice choice for deck building because they are durable, beautiful and relatively low maintenance.
If you plan to build furniture, there are a lot of nice lumber choices. Oak is one of the most popular lumber for making furniture because it is easy to work with and strong. Another beautiful lumber option for crafting furniture is live edge wood because its unique qualities makes every piece a one-of-a-kind.
You should also be aware that there are different grades of structural lumber based on moisture content, because the wetter wood is, the more it will shrink; and appearance, because knots affect the strength of lumber as well as the look of it.
If you have any questions or concerns, no worries! The knowledgeable lumber specialists at M & M enterprises – your local Daytona lumber yard – are always happy to help!