Studs & Construction Lumber

posted 5/31/2018 in Kreg Tool Tips: Wood Buying by Kreg Tool Company


Wall studs, 2x4s, and other boards commonly used in home building are commonly referred to as “construction lumber,” “dimensional lumber,” or simply “lumber.” These boards are all cut to standard sizes, such as 2x4, 2x6, 4x4, etc. Studs and construction lumber can also be used for other types of projects. Keep in mind, though, these boards are designed for strength and uniformity, not for an attractive appearance.

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Construction lumber is usually labeled “SPF,” an abbreviation for “Spruce, Pine, or Fir.” That means the lumber may be cut from any of these types of trees, which all share similar properties for building. The appearance of these three types of wood is very similar, as well. roofs, walls, general construction inexpensive, strong appearance can vary

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