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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.

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  1. Lumber Grades - Bob Vila Radio - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Did you ever wonder what differentiates the many grades of lumber you see at the local home improvement center? As it happens, there are only a few things necessary to remember. Learn more now.

  2. 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.

  3. Enter to Win a $1,000 from Lumber Liquidators - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    There's no denying the beauty and value of hardwood floors. Their warmth, color and pattern make them suitable for any room and any ...

  4. 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.

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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 Build a Raised Garden Bed

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    Paul Simon demonstrates how to build a raised garden bed by assembling the base frame.

  4. Choosing Pressure Treated Decking

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    Bob Schmidt shows you somethings you need to know when selecting pressure treated decking material when building a wood deck

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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. Refined X End Table featuring Simply Lovely Lumber

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY End Table plans.  This is a more refined version. Join the two frames together with the front/back aprons. Room:  living room Skill Level:  Intermediate Project Type:  Side Tables Style:  Classic Cottage farmhouse Dimensions:  Dimensions shown above Cut List:  4 - 2x2 @ 24-1/4" 8 - 2x2 @ 19-1/4" 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 19-1/4" x 19-1/4" 6 - 1x2 @ 25-3/4" (both ends cut parallel to each other at 45 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement) 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 23-1/4" x 23-1/4" Author Notes:  Hi everyone, hope you had an awesome weekend!!!  Did you get to build anything?  I hope so! Are you ready to meet a new building friend? Meet Stepanie, from Simply Lovely Lumber ! Hey!  I'm Stephanie from Simply Lovely Lumber .  I'm a super busy mom of 3 crazy little kiddos!  I love to sew, craft, cook, do projects with my munchkins, build furniture, and blog about it all.  I found Ana's blog a few years back and decided to try out a project and I've been hooked ever since!  During my free time (Ha! A mom with free time!) you can usually find me out in the garage building.  My husband got out of the military last year and we moved back home to AZ.  We're very excited to finally be able to put down some roots.  I hope you will stop by and follow along as I attempt to make our newest house a home! Before we get to the project that Stephanie and I collaborated on, let's check out a few of Stephanie's projects via Simply Lovely Lumber - How about 48 feet of garage storage for less than $100? Or a modified to fit four Farmhouse Table? And what DIY home is complete if you don't make you own bed, right?  Check out Stephanie's Farmhouse bed here. Now for today's project - new end tables!!! These beauties are a little more refined and smaller sized than our popular rustic X end table plans. Here's from Stephanie - We were in serious need of some end tables.  I love how these came out.  They were simple to do and look great!  I used Purebond Plywood for the bottom shelfs and the tops and put them together using my Kreg Jig.  It took two afternoons to get them both put together but you could easily do it in a day without distractions.  Now for about $75 (actually $50 since I only used a half of my sheet of plywood) I have two beautiful, custom, and functional end tables!  I am so happy with the finished product and can't wait to move on to my next project! The plans for this project follow, but before you check them out, take a second to stop over and visit Stephanie and read her building post here. And you can keep up with Stephanie from Simply Lovely Lumber here:     Facebook...  https://www.facebook.com/SimplyLovelyLumber     Instagram...  http://instagram.com/simplylovelylumber     Pinterest...  https://www.pinterest.com/sraper2/     Thanks Stephanie!   Enjoy the plans following! XO Ana Build two of the side frames with 2x2s.   Attach plywood inset on the bottom frame with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Cut the 1x2s for the Xs and notch out.  To notch out, set circular saw blade depth to 3/4" and make multiple cuts between the notches (about every 1/4").  Then use a chisel to remove the material in the notched out area. 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. Shopping List:  1 - 24" x 48" sheet of 3/4" plywood or MDF 3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck! 1-1/4" Pocket Hole Screws 2-1/2" Pocket Hole Screws Elmer's Wood Glue Elmer's Wood Filler Tools:  Kreg Jig Drill Circular Saw miter saw brad nailer

  4. 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 ...

  5. FSC Lumber and Illegal logging

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  6. 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 )

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