Lumber is a general term that may apply to a variety of different types and sizes of wood used in the construction industry to build various projects. Lumber pieces are cut from trees lengthwise, and usually have a square or rectangular profile. When it comes to lumber, the general lumber education, design trends, how to care for it and the different types of lumber out there are a lot of things to know. In this article, we will touch on just about everything from lumber history, the different types of lumber, how to use leftover lumber and how to care for it.
We have been building with wood since near the beginning of time, as a species. The earliest remains of wood construction come from a location near Nice, France that points to people nearly 400,000 years ago using wood to build. It is estimated that the oldest wood construction found to be still intact is around 7,300 years old and is located in northwest Germany.
How to Store Wood
Always cover your lumber with waterproof tarps to avoid direct rain-snow contact. Keep in mind, however, that living beings living outside may find this a warm place to relax from the weather. To prevent infestation, check your bundles consistently.
Even with these precautions, fading, discoloration, and shrinking / swelling will still occur in the lumber stored outside. Many of the current trends in design are calling for wood-looking “vintage.” If this is your goal, these tips for outdoor storage will keep your lumber free of mold so you don’t skip them.
We want to give you some inspiration on what you can do with your leftover wood to wrap up this article. Maybe the pieces you’d shoot at the end of the summer as you cleaned up the shop. You can do a number of different things with your lumber.