Kreg Tool Tips: Wood Buying

  • Build Better-Looking Projects with Poplar

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 2/7/2019
    Although pine is a very popular choice for DIY projects, there is another choice that is perfect for project-building. Poplar is readily available in home centers in the same dimensional sizes as pine, so you'll have no issues cutting parts to the same sizes.
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  • Decking & Outdoor Lumber

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    In most home centers, the common outdoor woods are cedar and pressure-treated pine. Click to learn more about them.
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  • Cedar: A Great Choice for Outdoor Projects

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    Cedar is a great choice for outdoor projects. Click to learn more about this popular material.
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  • Douglas Fir for Outdoor Projects

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    If your outdoor project will be painted, consider using a wood called Douglas fir.
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  • Nominal vs. Actual Sizing

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    When buying lumber in a home center, the stated size and the actual size of the boards are generally not the same.
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  • Hardwoods vs. Softwoods

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    When you buy boards, you'll find them broken into two categories: Softwoods and Hardwoods. Here we explain the differences you need to be aware of.
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  • Boards

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    Most home centers carry just a few species of boards. We explain them here.
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  • Studs & Construction Lumber

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    Wood-Buying Tip: Studs and construction lumber can also be used for other types of projects. Click to learn more.
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  • Particleboard & Melamine

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    Particleboard is similar to MDF, but made from larger bits of wood. Click to learn more about it.
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  • Plywood

    Posted by Kreg Tool Company on 5/31/2018
    In home centers, you'll find three main types of plywood.
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