The Return of the American Chestnut

The Return of the American Chestnut

History of the American Chestnut American chestnuts, giants that could grow up to 125 feet tall and 16 feet wide, once dominated the forests of Appalachia. These “redwoods of the East,” as they were sometimes called, made up between…

Unalam: Committed to Quality and Innovation

Unalam: Committed to Quality and Innovation

Guest post by Tony Morgan, senior technician for Wagner Meters. Though it started out in 1892 selling lumber and seed in a mill in Unadilla, New York, Unalam, an innovative manufacturer of laminated wood structures, has certainly…

When to Use 2 Common Lumber

When to Use 2 Common Lumber

What is 2 Common Lumber? The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) sets the standards for hardwood lumber grades, which indicate the amount of clear, defect-free wood in a board. The best grade you’ll find in most lumberyards is…

Ash Lumber and the Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Lumber and the Emerald Ash Borer

Ash is a great species of lumber to work with. Ash is known for its staining potential and ability to mimic oak. It has great shock resistance, and solid workability. To this point, it has been an economical wood that was always…

What Factors Affect Hardwood Lumber Prices?

What Factors Affect Hardwood Lumber Prices?

  The price of hardwood lumber can vary based on many factors. The answer to a question that seems straight-forward (e.g., “how much is a board of ipe?”) actually depends on a number of variables, some of which we’ll go over here….

What are Hardwood Lumber Grades Anyway?

What are Hardwood Lumber Grades Anyway?

Why Do We Have Hardwood Lumber Grades and What Do They Mean? For someone just beginning to purchase hardwood lumber, lumber grades can be overwhelming. Most lumber companies use the generally accepted grading rules set by the National…

Potential Woods for Use in Outdoor Applications

Potential Woods for Use in Outdoor Applications

When you’re constructing a deck or building Adirondack chairs for your backyard, you want to make sure you choose a wood that can stand up to the elements.  While many people go straight to treated yellow pine for outdoor projects…

What You Need to Know About Hardwood Plywood

Hardwood plywood is a great choice for furniture, cabinets, and many other projects due to its strength, stability, and convenience. ​​What is Plywood? Plywood is an engineered wood product consisting of three to seven layers of thin…

The Rise of Alder – A Wood Highlight of Alder Lumber

The Rise of Alder – A Wood Highlight of Alder Lumber

What is Alder? Only 20 years ago, no one had heard of this hardwood lumber from the Pacific Northwest called alder. These days, alder is a popular choice for many hardwood applications, with demand for alder lumber reflecting this new…

What is the Difference Between Gross Tally and Net Tally?

What is the Difference Between Gross Tally and Net Tally?

One of the most confounding measurements to understand if you haven’t been around the sawmill and lumber business for a long time is gross tally and net tally. What exactly is the difference between gross tally and net tally? And why…

8 Woodworking Tips to Boost Your Efficiency

8 Woodworking Tips to Boost Your Efficiency

Guest Blog by Ron Smith We’ve all heard the adage: work smarter, not harder. It makes good sense, so here are eight woodworking tips to make your shop work easier and more efficient: 1 – Sanding made easier Sanding woodwork by…

Wood Highlight: American Walnut

Wood Highlight: American Walnut

Walnut – A Timeless Hardwood Choice Walnut, a popular, widely available hardwood, has a straight grain and varies in color from a yellow sapwood to a rich, deep brown heartwood. Black Walnut, the most common variety, is grown in the…

Wood Highlight: Hickory

Wood Highlight: Hickory

The hickories are an important group within the eastern hardwood forests. Botanically, they are split into two groups; the true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing). The wood is virtually the same for both and is usually…

Why Does Dried Wood Absorb Moisture?

Why Does Dried Wood Absorb Moisture?

Wood and Moisture: It’s All Biology The hardwood lumber that you buy at the lumberyard began as a living tree. As a living tree, the trunk of the tree provided a way to transport water from the roots to the leaves. When the tree is cut…

The Splinter Wooden Supercar

The Splinter Wooden Supercar

Since the Essen Motor Show in December 2015, the wooden supercar known as “The Splinter” has been making news and creating quite the buzz. This special supercar debut was unlike any other… this supercar is made of wood. “The Splinter”…

HDA Yard Tour at Annual Meeting a Success

HDA Yard Tour at Annual Meeting a Success

Atlanta Hardwood Corporation hosted a yard tour of their facility during the annual meeting of the Hardwood Distributor’s Association in October. With 700,000 board-feet of kiln capacity, Atlanta Hardwood processes…

HDA Members to Gather in Nashville for Annual Meeting

HDA Members to Gather in Nashville for Annual Meeting

The Hardwood Distributor’s Association is holding their annual meeting during the NHLA Convention. We have a number of events for HDA Members only. The HDA Board of Directors will gather on Wednesday, October 9th. Followed by our…

Is Thermally Modified Hardwood Lumber Here To Stay?

Thermally modified hardwood may represent an up-and-coming contender to compete with treated wood and composite products. Thermally treated wood boasts advantages over both. The question remains whether this product will be adopted by…

What is Thermally Modified Wood?

Wood treated with thermal modification has been through a natural, non-toxic process that basically cooks the wood, changing the make-up of the wood. Wood is heated in 400+ degree heat in an oxygen-free environment. How is Thermally…

Top Hardwoods for Carving

Top Hardwoods for Carving

What is the best wood for carving? Wood comes in many species and it is important to know each woods’ individual characteristics. Each wood has different texture and wood qualities that dictate how the wood will respond to wood…

American Cherry: Stunning for Centuries

American Cherry: Stunning for Centuries

Cherry has long been used for traditional heirloom furniture and other collectables. And these days, you can see cherry used in a wide variety of other applications as well. It is often used in architectural joinery, furniture,…

Basics of Hardwood Finishing: Part One

Basics of Hardwood Finishing: Part One

Finishing wood allows you to showcase the uniqueness of the wood you are using for a project. As you know, finishing can make or break a project.  Hardwood products are finished to enhance or alter the natural beauty of the wood,…

Viva Las Vegas – Annual HDA Meeting

Viva Las Vegas – Annual HDA Meeting

The Hardwood Distributor’s Association is meeting for the third time this year in Las Vegas. As you know our Annual General Meeting is timed to coincide with the NHLA Convention and we have a number of events for HDA Members only. Our…

Common Questions About Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Common Questions About Cleaning Hardwood Floors

CAN I USE A STEAM MOP ON MY HARDWOOD FLOORS? Usually not. According to consumer reports tests on the various models of steam mops, steam mops may be safe for hardwood floors but should be approached with extreme caution. Despite many…

The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

What is the best way to clean my hardwood floors you ask? The answer may sound perplexing… There is NO one best way to clean your hardwood floors. What’s best for your floor depends how old your floors are and what type of finish is on…

What are the most common floor finishes?

What are the most common floor finishes?

If you didn’t install or finish the hardwood floors in your home, you may have no idea what type of finish is on your hardwood flooring. You are not alone. The first step in understanding more about your hardwood floor finish is…

Wood Grain and Wood Strength

Why is the direction of wood grain important when building with wood? Wood is a natural substance that is much stronger when the grain is continuous. Wood is a natural polymer. That is, it consists of parallel strands of cellulose…

How Do I Know How Hard a Wood Really Is?

What is the Janka Rating System Anyway? When in doubt about the type of wood to select for your cabinetry, flooring, furniture or millwork project, refer to the Janka Rating System, which measures the relative hardness of woods. The…

Black Friday Deals for Woodworkers

Black Friday… Woodworkers can benefit too. With so many things on sale, why not pick up that new tool you’ve been thinking about or pick up a great gift for the woodworker in your family? Here are some of the great deals going on…

Energy Use of Using Wood

Designing With Wood is Good! Designing with wood is often the preference of many homeowners, designers and architects. For those concerned about their environmental footprint, this desire can be stressful. Without knowing all of the…

What is Quarter Sawn Wood?

By definition, quarter sawn lumber is the angle that the annular growth rings intersect the face of the board. However there is little agreement what exactly that angle is. Most define it as between 60 – 90 degrees, although others…

WHAT IS RIFT SAWN LUMBER?

Rift sawn lumber is typically narrow with a very straight grain pattern on the face of the board. Rift sawn lumber is usually used with oak to avoid the flecks that are common in the species. The annular rings or a rift sawn board are…

What is Plain Sawn Wood?

Plain sawn, also commonly called flat sawn, is the most common lumber you will find. This is the most inexpensive way to manufacture logs into lumber. Plain sawn lumber is the most common type of cut. The annular rings are generally 30…

Combine Rustic and Modern Design for Unique Look

This designer highlights how to successfully combine two very separate design looks into one cohesive and fresh look. Check out the key details that create this unexpected aesthetic. When Mother Nature Meets Your Modern Nature…

A Brand New Blog, A Brand New Resource

This website and blog are designed to become one of your go-to reference guides for all hardwood products. Whether you are looking for information on finding a hardwood supplier, selecting the type of hardwood for a project,…

Classic Design, Completely Unique Wood

Sometimes all it takes to create a new design style is to update a classic design. In the case of designing with wood in mind, sometimes this is just a change in the type of wood a design is made from. Really love the lines of a…