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Selecting Lumber for Best Results

We all know to avoid lumber with large, loose knots, and twisted, warped, split, cupped or checked lumber... but how do you tell which boards will most likely do those bad things AFTER you buy them and use them? Here are some photos to show you what to look for and what to avoid. The pieces on the left are desirable and those on the right side of the photos are to be avoided. This is based on how wood behaves depending on ring shape, density and orientation. The last photo shows you what the pith looks like on the face rather than end of the board.
  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Oct 18, 2012

    Brian, this is an amazing post! I'm saving it for future reference, and I shared it on the Hometalk 'how to' board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/hometalk/hometalk-how-to-tips/

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA
    on Oct 18, 2012

    thank uy for the sharing. it is good to know.

  • Building Moxie
    Building Moxie Baltimore, MD
    on Oct 18, 2012

    So basic it is often overlooked, BUT selecting quality materials is important to the outcome of any job. a fantastic visual point @Brian Campbell well done.

  • Vintage Headboards
    Vintage Headboards Frisco, TX
    on Oct 18, 2012

    I was always told to look for materials with more growth rings that are as close to one another as possible.

  • Hiline Builders Inc.
    Hiline Builders Inc. Fair Oaks, CA
    on Oct 18, 2012

    Great post Brian. Very informative!

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