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Why S4S boards sold at Home Depot aren't straight?

The boards did have 4 smooth surfaces, all perpendicular to each other, and were straight. That was when they came off the mill, though. Since then, they've been exposed to the elements, shipped to ...
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What is the difference between MDF and MDO?

MDF is Medium Density Fiberboard and it's made by essentially combining resins with sawdust and compressing it into a fairly dense, extremely flat and smooth sheet. In general it can be worked like &...
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How is playground wood treated?

The equipment in your picture may be coated with a couple coats of an oil-based, penetrating stain. Or it may be just bare wood. Cedar and redwood, for example, stand up to weather very well on their ...
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What is the type of wood that is often purchased in bulk at the hardware store?

Dimensional framing lumber is often referred to as SPF which stands for Spruce, Pine and Fir. You will likely also find cedar and pressure treated lumber in the green or brown variants
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Why do I need to use mutliple narrower pieces of wood when I can just use one wide piece?

You can just use one 12 inch board. As long as the timber is seasoned properly, and at a suitable moisture level when you use it, it'll likely be fine. That said, there are some benefits to using ...
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How is playground wood treated?

Much construction of playground equipment uses pressure-treated softwood (wood from conifer trees). Current treatment of choice is ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary) but there is also CA (copper azole), ...
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What would be the UK equivalent of the common US 2 by 4 (not just by size)

Does the UK have a piece of wood that is universally commonly used for hobby / domestic projects that it is simple referred to by a common name and is this typically a suitable substitute for the US 2 ...
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Using Balsa for Wood Slat Wall?

In addition to being lightweight balsa is also soft, really soft. It makes pine seem tough, that soft. Balsa is either the softest or second softest wood known to man! While there are many woods soft ...
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What wood/finish would hold up to use in a video game controller?

I've worked with redwood in the past, and it seems like it would hold up well for the grips both from past experience and from some articles I've found. In woodworking circles you'll generally be ...
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What kind of wood is appropriate for a cast iron bench?

What type(s) of wood would be appropriate for this use The usual answer to this commercially from back in our parents' day to recently has been one of a number of tropical hardwoods, including teak ...
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Cost-effective wood selection for outdoor craft project

Exterior grade MDF is available here in Europe, but in US I don't know about cost or availability. It is very durable with finish applied, but cost is high. Exterior grades of plywood should be ...
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What kind of wood is thin enough to cut with a knife, but strong enough for doll furniture?

You can usually buy various sizes of balsa and basswood from the craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.). Balsa will be softer and easier to cut, while basswood will be a little harder, and also ...
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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?

Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut? SPF (spruce, pine, fir) would be strong enough! That should pretty much tell you all you need to know here :-) People ...
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What wood type is suitable for a childrens toy?

Take a look at what woods are commonly used for children's toys, and you'll see that a lot of the things made to be mouthed are made of maple or beech. These are both hard, fine grained, and are less ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

You can use anything, pretty much. I mean you wouldn't want to use balsa but anything you'd typically find for sale in a lumber yard that you might consider making furniture from — including pine and ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

Since you intend to paint it you can use whatever is cheapest. The caveat is the cheaper stuff is usually the softest (e.g pine, poplar, etc.) and isn't necessarily the pretty stuff. Although it's a ...
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Can I use pine and poplar together in trim?

Every piece of wood will expand and contract at somewhat different rates. Even two pieces of pine from the same tree will likely be different. Old furniture (like a chest of drawers) used to be made ...
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What are the downsides of using Home Depot whitewood (spruce/pine/fir) for a sawhorse?

The biggest downside is warped wood. However, if you select carefully (I've been known to paw through 1/2 a stack of lumber looking for straight 2x4s), you shouldn't have too much issue. Remember, ...
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What wood type is appropriate for creating custom inlays?

Which wood types would be appropriate for creating these inlays? I know they'll need to be relatively thin, but that's all I know. You can inlay pretty much any wood you want. Some will work better ...
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Choosing wood type for child's rocking horse chair

Pine is fine. As a piece of furniture for a young child, it will actually not get too much wear and tear. Pine will show wear from dents and scratches more often, but in general should endure for ...
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Choosing wood type for child's rocking horse chair

The photo appears to show the project made from pine. I'd say you're correct. I'm worried that pine is too soft for this type of project. In your experience does pine hold up well for something ...
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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?

The short answer is that all three woods are similar in strength and woodworkers use all of them for projects similar to your proposed project. I would choose the wood based upon the appearance ...
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Materials and finish for an office chair mat?

Plywood seems like a good solution here until you look at the material in detail. With modern plywood in particular, in addition to generally not being as well-made as plywood used to be (more voids, ...
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What kind of wood is thin enough to cut with a knife, but strong enough for doll furniture?

Wood One of the common woods used for carving and for dollhouse and other scale-model applications is called basswood, which is commonly available from hobby and model shops. You can use many other ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

Nearly any hardwood you desire should work since the exposure to heat and water is moderate. Go for what looks good to you. Although some woods are more porous than others, the applied finish will ...
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What wood/finish would hold up to use in a video game controller?

Both redwood and basswood are on the softer end of the Janka hardness scale, which measures the hardness of woods. But I am having a hard time imagining they'd fail to "hold up" to the kind of (ab)use ...
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Substituting Walnut for Hickory in a bow saw

I'm planning on building a version of the Gramercy Tools bow saw. According to their research, Hickory is a good substitute for the European Beech wood classically used in such saws, since it is both ...
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Good wood(s) for making kitchen utensils?

Only thing I don't know is what kind of woods would be good (and what kind to avoid)? Some features you want in wood for utensils: nontoxic durable closed grained attractive unflavored I've seen a ...
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What's the name of this type of wood panel?

The commonly used name for it is "butcher block", however it really isn't. True butcher block is glued up the same way, but you see the end grain on the horizontal surface instead of the ...
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