Are you thinking of buying softwood or hardwoods for your upcoming projects? When it comes to buying wood, a lot of care should be taken to avoid buying lumber that would turn into waste or at worst make furniture that will not sell at all. One of the most annoying things any workshop dealer would imagine is realizing that the wood purchased is not right for the kind of job he wants to do. Not all types of furniture require the same type of hardwood or softwood but what is the common denominator is that you need top-grade wood to produce the best items for your clients.

The biggest challenge of buying wood is time. Many people who rush to buy wood end up buying low-grade wood. At Teds Woodworking review, we say that selecting the type of wood for your particular project is similar to a beauty pageant only that the persons contesting are those pieces of wood. Firstly, wood is judged based on its color, grain and whether it is warped or not. Once you select the best color, grain, and wood that is free of warps, the second aspect to consider is the sapwood, stains, chip out, knots and checks. By considering these factors, you are able to narrow down your options and choose the best woods.

Finally, you will need to make your final decision by checking whether the color and grain pattern match your desires. Does this sound a huge task? Over time, you will find these processes easy. What is more important than scanning through a heap of wood to find wood, which satisfies you and your customers? Are you worried that the lumber owners will not allow you to disorganize their stacks? Do not mind this since they know too well that you need to rummage through to get the right lumber. Remember there is nothing wrong with being too skeptic about lumber. In fact, it pays off to be finicky since this comes out clearly in the final project.

Here is the summary of some of the steps that you can go through when buying lumber:
• Sort out the lumber to find the flattest, straight and good-looking boards
• Ensure that you have about twice the actual amount of wood you want. Once you have this, ensure to check for sapwood
• Shuffle through your stack while sorting out wood for knots, checks, chip out and stains
• After you have narrowed your selection, compare each wood you have with others before selecting the wood with the best color. Not all woods have the same color and while some projects do not require a particular color, some are only successful when color is carefully selected
• Sort the stack one more time to pick only those that are straight and nice in appearance
• The last step is equally important—tally up your wood footage in inches i.e. length x width x length and divide the outcome by 144. This calculation ensures that you have enough boards for your particular project. Most of the times, you will get 15%-20% more than what your actual requirements are if you are very careful with during this step. Of course, estimations come with errors and this allowance means we take care of the wastages and a few errors that are normal when working on lumber.

Know the Grade You Need

A few years ago, it was a little easy for someone to find near perfect wood in any average lumberyard but it is no longer easy. With the rising cost of lumber and shrinking forest cover, most of the lumber you will find is construction grade. Therefore, finding top-grade lumber would require you to do put in a lot more energy and time. Whether you are choosing plywood or hardwood, it is important to check the grade of the wood. Plywood come in different grades and the common ones are A, B, C and D. with grades A and B, the natural knots are usually filled with beautiful patches while smaller knots are filled using synthetic wood filler. As with grades C and D, there is conspicuous patching and defects or gaps are tolerated. The type of wood grade you buy depends on the kind of job or project you wish to complete.

Bottom Line

For furniture construction, you will need to do a lot more legwork to find higher grades of wood while other general projects would require a BC grade. Therefore, know what task you wish to complete before choosing the grade and type of wood whether plywood or hardwood.