How is Marine Plywood Different

How is Marine Plywood Different?

There are many unique types of plywood in the market today. Besides standard plywood, there is a particular type called marine plywood. As the name suggests, this grade of plywood is made to handle applications where it may be exposed to moisture or submerged in water. Discovered in the 1930s, marine plywood was first invented …

rough cut vs dimensional lumber

Rough Cut Lumber vs. Dimensional Lumber

There are two kinds of lumber you can use for your next project. Those kinds include rough-cut lumber and dimensional lumber. Your local home improvement store will largely carry dimensional, finished lumber in their inventory, but not rough cut. Rough-sawn lumber is carried more frequently at a lumber yard or a local sawmill. So, what …

How to cut composite decking

How To Cut Composite Decking

Composite decking is an advancement made in the lumber industry back in the 1980s. The alternative to traditional wood decking is made of plastic and wood shavings, which are formed into dimensional boards by either compression molding or co-extrusion. These boards are largely used for decking today despite their higher price due to the savings …

Most Popular Decking Material

The 5 Most Popular Decking Materials

With the summer season in full flight, you and your family might want to start spending more time outdoors. If by chance your patio deck needs work or doesn’t yet exist, this might be the perfect time to put getting your patio deck up to speed on your to-do list as a summer project. Before …

The Different Grades of Plywood

The Different Grades of Plywood

Plenty of woodworking projects have a bill of materials that include the use of plywood. Anything from construction of buildings to kitchen cabinets to aircraft all benefit from the use of plywood in the overall design. Plywood is made of large thin sheets, or plies, of veneer that are laid on top of each other …

Side OSB Face Up

Which Side of OSB Should Be Up or Facing Out?

OSB board is an alternative product to traditional plywood. OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board, and is composed of pieces of wood oriented in the same direction. The compression of wood pieces that were cut along the direction of the wood fiber give OSB its formidable strength. OSB is typically used for structural applications, including …

Guide to Tropical Plywood

A Woodworker’s Guide to Tropical Plywood

Plywood comes in many materials and grades. For any project or application, there is an ideal plywood product that meets the structural or visual requirements in an economic way. The most common choice in plywood comes from your local hardware store, where you can find common plywood made from species such as spruce, fir, pine, …

What Is Aircraft Plywood

What is Aircraft Grade Plywood Used For?

Plywood is used in many different applications, including wall sheathing, flooring, furniture, and cabinetry. But a lesser known application for plywood is for use in aircraft. The earliest airplanes used wooden parts as it was more accessible than current materials like aircraft-grade aluminum or steel. Today, there are still plenty of different aircraft which use …

B-Grade Lumber vs Premium Grade Lumber

B Grade Lumber vs. Premium Grade Lumber

When planning out a woodworking project, you will be faced with deciding on a grade of lumber. You will find lumber with so many designations, including Grade B, premium, No. 3, and so many more. The question is, what do all these grades mean, and what distinctions make one grade better than another? Each grade …

Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood

What are the differences between Hardwood and Softwood Lumber

People who don’t regularly work with lumber would be challenged to mention even one major difference between hardwood and softwood lumber other than the fact one material is harder than the other. The fact is there are several major differences between hardwood and softwood limber. Anyone who is planning a building or construction project that …