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Lumber Price Trends in 2022 Make Woodworking More Affordable

For a period between March 2020 to the middle of 2021, the prices of lumber spiked considerably. This was especially true between October 2020 and April 2021 when lumber reached its peak at $1500.50 per thousand board feet. During that time, the sharp increase in prices was driven by several factors: Increase in demand for single-dwelling units Increase in need for home improvements, especially during the pandemic Supply chain disruptions. Tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber Note the volatility of lumber prices per thousand board feet in the chart below: Since the start of 2021, the price of lumber has been volatile. There are many economic factors sending lumber prices up or down throughout the year, resulting in the most unpredictable...

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Pros and Cons of Milling Your Own Lumber in Los Angeles

For dedicated woodworkers, deciding whether to mill your own lumber at home has to do with more than cost. While the cost of milling equipment alone can run to thousands of dollars, milling your lumber is often also a frustrating process. Even seasoned woodworkers make mistakes, and the costs to re-purchase lumber when there is a mistake can add up. Not to mention the cost of the time you spend doing tasks that you could easily relegate to milling services available in your lumber yard or from independent wood millers. However, there is rarely anything more personally rewarding than completing your woodworking project yourself from start to finish, including milling each piece yourself. In some cases, you can also make...

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10 Reasons Why Apitong is an Excellent Wood Choice

Apitong comes in many species, from the endangered Dipterocarpus grandiflorus to the more common Dipterocarpus spp that originates in Malaysia. Apitong wood is commonly used as structural timber. It is one of the most essential types of framework wood used in construction in Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asian countries where these species are native. Being plentiful in these source countries, apitong is comparatively affordable among wood species that are considered exotic in the U.S. Apitong wood, also known as keruing, is not as widely known as domestic hardwood species or other exotics with the exception of its use for flooring for trucks and trailers. For truckers and carpenters in Alameda, Pasadena, Long Beach, Glendale, Downey, or anywhere...

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6 Reasons Why Baltic Birch Plywood Is an Excellent Choice for Carpentry

  Many woodworkers and professionals widely prefer Baltic birch plywood for carpentry and cabinetry. Unlike most plywood varieties on the market, Baltic birch plywood does not contain any filler or softwood plies in the middle. Moreover, the density of plies used per unit length is higher, bonded in layers of 1mm thickness with a strong glue, making Baltic birch plywood durable and very strong. Because of the consistency of its layers and lack of voids, the strength, and uniformity of Baltic birch make it very easy to work with compared to most plywood varieties. The appearance of the wood itself is sharp with a light color and very few flaws, making it an attractive material for cabinets for its visual...

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Hardwood vs. Softwood: Which Wood is Best for Which Uses

Whether you are a large-scale furniture manufacturer from Pasadena, a home building contractor in Alameda, or a DIY woodworker from Burbank, Torrance, or Long Beach, your choice of wood is essential to making the most out of your work. With the right choice of wood, you can achieve the look, feel, longevity, and durability requirements of each particular project. However, you also need to consider the cost of the wood you select. When considering price in Southern California, you may ask yourself if using a pricey hardwood is worth it for a part of your project that will not show.  Or is it worth it to increase the strength and durability even if it comes with a heftier price tag? ...

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