A Guide to Buying Lumber

A guide to buying lumber. A lumberyard is a hard place to go window-shopping. It pays to know what you want before you get there.



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All lumber is sized and priced by its rough mill-sawn dimensions, but the finished product may be reduced in size by up to one-third after the surface-planing process is complete.
PHOTO: CHARLES R. PEARSON/WEST STOCK INC.
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Diagram of hardwood lumber thickness standards and softwood lumber dimensions.
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