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  1. How to Buy Deck Lumber

    Choosing good lumber will make your deck look better, last longer and go together faster. These 10 tips that will help you choose better lumber .

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  1. Making Sense of Lumber Dimensions

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    Don't be confused by “nominal” board dimensions when you buy lumber or read plans. We show you the quick translation to “actual” numbers.

  2. How to Plane Rough Lumber

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    Expand your woodworking skills and get access to a wide range of domestic and imported wood for your furniture projects by learning to flatten and plane rough-sawn lumber .

  3. Identifying Treated Lumber

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    The amount of chemical treatment needed to preserve wood depends upon the chemicals used. Read the treatment tags carefully to get what you need.

  4. Replacing Deck Boards

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    Has your deck seen better days? You probably don't have to rebuild the whole thing. Whether you have one bad deck board to replace or many, the process is the same. We'll show you how on an old, weathered deck, because you can save hundreds of dollars in lumber by splicing in boards instead of ...

  5. Can You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood?

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    Just because you used pressure-treated lumber doesn't mean your outdoor project has to stay green. Not only can you can stain treated wood, you should stain treated wood. Here are some tips.

  6. Comparing Deck Wood: Cedar, Pressure Treated Wood & Composite Decking

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    Which is the best decking material—cedar, pressure-treated or composite lumber ? We compare their durability, appearance and cost.

Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Victorian Kitchen & Bath Remodel : Deck Framing with Pressure-Treated Lumber - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Rick Kleiner (from the Southern Forest Products Association) joins Bob to talk about using pressure-treated deck members. Such lumber resists fungal growth, termites, and decay, and is capable of supporting a strong and stable deck for decades.

  2. Victorian Kitchen & Bath Remodel : Deck Framing with Pressure-Treated Lumber - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    The deck is constructed using pressure-treated pine while tiles are set in the bathroom, in keeping with the homeowner's design.

  3. Playing Card Holder from Reclaimed Lumber

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    I made it at TechShop. This playing card box was made from a floor joist salvaged from a 150 year old house that was in the process of being renovated. While working on this project, another TechShop member identified this piece as Spruce, and from the small amount of discoloration caused by ...

  4. Barn Wood Cabinets - 11 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Barn Wood Cabinets - Reclaim lumber , salvage wood, and upcycle logs to create unique conversation pieces that warm up any room.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Air Dry Fresh Cut Lumber

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    George Vondriska provides tips on how to air dry fresh cut lumber .

  2. How to Cut Lumber From Logs

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    George Vondriska provides tips on how to use a backyard saw mill.

  3. How to Use Your Band Saw as a Saw Mill

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    Watch George Vondriska illustrate the process of using your Band Saw as a Saw Mill.

  4. Building a Storage Pantry

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    Here are the DIY Basics for building a storage pantry.

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Blog Posts

  1. Organizing the Woodpile with Rockwell Lumber Racks

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    Our back yard was starting to look like a scrap yard as we had a lot of random 2x4s and 4x4s strewn about, plus the odd pine boards that we want to keep as they will come in handy on some future project. We knew we needed some type of wood/ lumber storage system and the Rockwell lumber racks were ...

  2. Mold and Mildew on Lumber

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    FromAsk the Builder

    Many homeowners experience mold and mildew on their lumber as houses are built or room additions are constructed. The good news is the lumber is going to be fine and there's rarely any damage to the wood. If it's just surface mold or mildew, it will clean off.

  3. Wall-Mounted Lumber Rack

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    FromAna-White.com

    About This Project I decided it was high time to organize my garage and needed somewhere (preferably off the floor ) to store my lumber . This isn't an Ana project, but I know that we're all suffering from lack of a lumber storage system and thought I'd show you all what I did. You can visit my blog ...

  4. FSC Lumber and Illegal logging

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  5. Planing rough-sawn lumber with a jointer and planer

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    If you want to move on to the big leagues of woodworking, you absolutely have to learn how to flatten rough-sawn wood. That’s because the shrink-wrapped 3/4-in.-thick wood you buy at the home center is limited to, well, 3/4-in. thicknesses. Furniture...( read more )

  6. Hannah Canopy Bed

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    FromAna-White.com

    Easy canopy bed plans from Ana -White.com! Make this bed! Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Hi everyone! Well, we promised you and a special little girl there'd be a canopy bed (and plans) soon! Always happy to do what I can for you!  And of course, a big beaming smile from our niece is hard to resist too! For about $100 in materials (yikes, the pillows cost more!) the Ram and Grace built this bed for our niece Hannah.  It's sturdy and cozy and cute, but somehow make the small kids bedroom appear larger and loftier.  Who knew? The bed itself is built out of 2x lumber , but for the plywood panel at the headboard, we choose to use PureBond Formaldehyde Free plywood to prevent toxic off gassing while our niece sleeps inches away.  It's cost competitive, easy to paint or finish, North American made - ask for it at your local Home Depot. And the best part is you can build this bed for your niece - or your daughter (our daughter is now begging for a canopy bed, but doesn't want to give up her loft bed with stairs   .... tough decisions for a six year old), or your friend or even yourself!  The plans follow! XO Ana Materials and Tools Shopping List:  4 - 2x3 @ 8 feet or stud length (if you can't get 2x3s, you can also rip 2x6s into 2 1/2" widths to make your own - you'll need 2 - 2x6s @ 8 feet or stud length if you do this) 2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1/2 sheet of hardwood plywood (I used PureBond Birch) 1 - 2x8 @ 10 feet long 1 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length slats - you can get two out of one 8 foot board - we used 2x4s 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws are highly recommended 2 1/2" wood screws for attaching the cleats to the siderails Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw sander Cut List Cut List:  4 - 2x3 @ 78" (legs - taper in step 1) 2 - 2x2 @ 36 1/2" (headboard top/bottom) 1 - 3/4" hardwood plywood @ 39" x 36 1/2" (I used PureBond Birch) Step 1 This was definitely the most difficult part of the bed build - tapering the legs with a circular saw. But the bed just is so much cuter with the tapered legs - so very worth the effort! Start the taper from the end cut of the board. We sanded the finished cut with a belt sander as well to smooth it out. You'll need to cut four legs total. Step 2 From your plywood panel, drill 3/4" pocket holes (about every 8") around all sides. Also drill a single 1 1/2" pocket hole on each end of the 2x2s. Then attach the plywood panel to the 2x2s, flush to the back side. Step 3 Next, attach the panel to the legs with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Then use 2 1/2" pocket hole scews to attach the 2x2s to the legs, all edges flush to back side. TIP: Drill a single 1 1/2" pocket hole on the top back side of the legs before attaching for attaching the top 2x2 in the next step. Step 4 Next, add the top through the predrilled 1 1/2" pocket holes with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. This entire panel can now be finished (pocket holes filled, sanded and painted). The bed itself will be too big to move into a room, so you'll need to bring the headboard panel, footboard panel, and siderails in seperately, then assemble in the room. Step 5 Build the footboard panel as you did the headboard panel, this time using 1 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach the footboard panel to legs. The footboard panel can be completely finished at this step too. Step 6 The canopy sides are attached on top with pocket holes - hidden where you can't see them. The siderails are attached from inside with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Step 7 Cleats are attached to inside of siderails with 2 1/2" screws - you may wish to do this in the room. The cleats do not need to be finished. Step 8 Slats are layed on top of cleats and screwed down following assembly. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Vintage Gray/Brown Stain on Pine Easiest Stain Ever with Minwax Stain Cloths Express Color with Minwax Stain   1 of 9 ››

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