Lumber 101: How To Avoid Checking and Cracking

Following up on our post about Green vs. Kiln Dried wood brings us to the next topic: checking, cracking, and splitting. We will cover what it is, why it happens, and how to minimize the effects. Definitions: Checks: a “check” is usually a long crack that appears parallel to the grain as the sapwood shrinks…

Lumber 101: Hardwood vs. Softwood Lumber

Welcome back to another Lumber 101. Today’s topic is the difference between hardwood and softwood lumber. We will break down the differences and best uses, without getting TOO scientific. Hardwood Lumber Generally speaking, hardwood lumber comes from broad-leaf deciduous trees that lose their leaves annually. These trees tend to be slower growing and provide a…

Lumber 101: Green vs. Kiln Dried

Welcome back to the second lesson of Lumber 101! We hope you enjoyed the first post about Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain. Next up is the difference between green lumber and kiln dried (KD) lumber. What is Green Lumber? Green lumber refers to lumber that has a high moisture content – freshly harvested logs are…

Custom Made Timber Products

We aren’t just a one trick pony, we manufacture some very cool products at our mill. Our other division is Industrial Timber Products and it specializes in, you guessed it, timber products for industrial uses! Check out some photos of our products in action below.

Thompson Creek Farm Bridge Rebuild

Thompson Creek Farm has a footbridge that needed some rotten deck boards replaced. We were excited to support local and supply the lumber for the decking! Yellow Cedar is great choice for this kind of project because of the natural rot resistance and durability for wear and tear. Treated lumber was not an option for…

Lumber 101: Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain

Welcome to the first post of the Lumber 101 series! This is the start of a small series of educational posts to share some of our knowledge about lumber. Today’s topic is Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain, covering how they are produced, the differences, and best uses for each. What is Vertical Grain (VG)? Vertical…

New Product Alert – Sitka Spruce!

A new week, a new product! We have Mast and Spar Grade Sitka Spruce available for purchase online. We have limited quantities in various widths and lengths, this stock is air dried and vertical grain, perfect for boat building. These pieces will not last long, purchase your pieces soon! Click here to view the Sitka…

PROJECT INSPIRATION – YELLOW CEDAR FENCE

We LOVE seeing all the project that our customers are building. This one in particular is a very impressive Yellow Cedar fence! The look of the horizontal slats are eye catching and provides ample privacy from any nosy neighbors. Here is a list of the items that were used in building this fence: 1″ x…

HOLY MOLY – NEW PRODUCT ALERT

How cool are these pieces?? This is “teredo wood”, the holes are created from teredo navalis, a naval shipworm, which is a species of saltwater clam! These pieces are one of a kind and would create a very cool conversation piece for the next dinner party. No clams were harmed in the making of these…

Meet Our Shop Dog – Timber Toby

We wanted to introduce our shop dog and head of security, Timber Toby! He inspects every order before it is shipped to make sure everything is up to snuff. Toby is two years old and was rescued from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when he was just 6 weeks old. Those ears hear everything!

New Product Update: Western Red Cedar

We have some beautiful Western Red Cedar now available for online purchase! These pieces are 4″ x 6″ rough sawn (mill finish), green, and clear vertical grain – perfect for canoe or kayak builders! Available in 17′, 18′, 19′, and 20′ lengths, these specialty pieces won’t last long! Click here to browse availability.

New Product Update: Yellow Cedar Decking!

We are excited to announce that we have 2″ x 6″ Appearance Grade Yellow Cedar decking available for purchase online! The decking is kiln dried, S4S (surfaced smooth four sides), and is available in 6′, 8′, 10, 12′, 14′, and 16′ lengths. Since these pieces are S4S, the actual size of each piece is 1-1/2″…

Project Inspiration: Yellow Cedar Gates

This beautiful gate sure makes a statement as you arrive at this customer’s home! Made entirely out of Yellow Cedar, this gate and entryway will stand strong for many years. This customer decided to leave the wood without stain or paint finishing to let it weather naturally in the elements. We love that! Yellow Cedar…

New Product Update: SLABS

Has the quarantine got you feeling a little “slabby”? We have good news – we have 18 beautiful Western Hemlock slabs in our kilns and they will be available at the end of May! All slabs are 3″ thick and vary from 20″ to 32″ wide. Perfect to create a bench, counter top, or table. Each…

Project Inspiration – Board and Batten Siding

This little shed is getting a face lift with some board and batten siding made from Western Hemlock. We are loving all the social distancing project pictures coming from customers! We want to hear what kind of projects you have on the go, send us a message and some pictures to get featured on our…

Beautiful Carving Blocks

Carving blocks are a very popular item! These are custom sized Premium Clear Yellow Cedar blocks, they will be used in an Indigenous Carving program at a local correctional facility. Carving blocks have to be custom ordered, please contact us directly with the size and quantity that you would like.

COVID-19 UPDATE: PICK-UP OPTION INFORMATION

Our office remains closed to drop-in visitors. Please phone ahead to arrange an appointment time if you are picking up an order, we ask everyone to practice safe social distancing. Truck and delivery drivers are OK in the yard but are asked to stay outside and maintain social distancing from employees.  As we continue to…

Bandsaw vs. Mill Finish

Here are some beautiful examples to highlight the differences between bandsaw finish and standard mill finish. Mill finish, as shown in the photos below, is a much more rustic and rough-looking finish, with visible saw marks adding character and interest. Mill-finish is not the best option for every project. Bandsaw finish provides a “clean face”…

Project Inspiration – DIY Simple Cold Frame

Here is the perfect weekend project to help your garden survive those frosty spring mornings. This simple cold frame project was designed to sit on top of some plastic vegetable planters. All the pieces were measured and cut to length before being assembled with deck screws. Heavy-duty, clear poly was stretched tight over the frame…

Douglas Fir & Western Hemlock Now Available!

In our ongoing effort to provide high-quality lumber products, Lumber Store is excited to announce that Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock timbers are available for online purchase! The available grade is #1 & Btr Boxed Heart, meaning that the heart center is still in the timber. Any knots will be sound and well-spaced, no loose knots…