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Can this tree be saved?

The honey locust that's been shading the family home since my grandmother planted it in the 1940s has lost one of its largest limbs, back to nearly the base of the tree. Is there anything to be done to save the rest of the tree? Pictures of the damage. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Jun 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Ikea Smallening

I have a new, unassembled red 2x4 Kallax. I want it to be 2x3. Could a lumberyard easily cut down the two long-pieces? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How much to tip delivery of lumber

I bought $500 of lumber from the local hardware store/lumber yard. They will delivery it tomorrow. Assuming there are two guys and it takes them 5-10 minutes to unload it, how much should I tip each of them, if anything?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jun 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Low-VOC cabinet refinishing for dummies.

A question about how to refinish my cabinets, in a kitten-friendly (low VOC) way? Apologies in advance, as I'm new to furniture / wood stuff and think I'm missing something obvious. Kitten pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Is there anything out there like a small pre-made deck I can buy?

Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Finding the markets for your salvage?

I am in a remote rural area of Atlantic Canada. There is as much old collapsing shit here as a person could want, I have only been here a short while and already have more salvage than I know what to do with, it's an embarrassment of riches! [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Do they manufacture Super-Wood ?

Do they make lumber interlaced with steel wires, which is much stronger than regular lumber? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Dec 13, 2012 - 16 answers

...and the space he invades he gets by on you...

I need to find a sawyer in Austin, TX who will come to my yard and turn a 2' thick 9' long fallen tree trunk into wood sizes that I specify. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jun 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me not be dispurpleheartened?

Tell me how to work a chunk of purpleheart wood. [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there a way to level a wood floor?

Leveling a wooden plank floor to install tile, for dummies. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Tom Selleck and his saw had to get started somewhere

I wanted to try my hand at building a garbage enclosure (something like this) and also a mini greenhouse. Does anyone have any resources to help me get started. I can have a stab at it using the pictures but turning these into actual plans (especially types and sizes of lumber) is more of a stretch. [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on Aug 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Lumber / Carpentry Filter - Should I use cedar on this project? Is my carpenter right?

Lumber / Carpentry Filter - Should I use cedar on this fence project? Is my carpenter right about the design? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 30, 2011 - 18 answers

Online lumber supply recommendations?

Where's a good place to get wood online? [NOT CODE] [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Drying logs for rough furniture

I nabbed some short logs from the city brush collection site and want to use them as porch furniture. What should I do to dry and preserve them? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jun 7, 2010 - 2 answers

British Lumber Prices

How much does a 2x4 cost in London? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Will my planter box kill me?

Is heat-treated kiln-dried lumber safe for a raised planter box that may house vegetables? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 on Apr 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Close and present lumber

Using pressure-treated lumber to build indoor furniture: Will I Die? [more inside]
posted by boots on Jun 4, 2008 - 13 answers

We don't need no water...

Is it safe to burn untreated pine which was stained ~10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne on May 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Where shall I buy some wood?

Where might one find dimensioned hardwood lumber in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Feb 27, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I straighten/flatten a large slice of burled redwood?

At a flea market a while back I bought a pretty big (about 2'x4'x1.5") slice of burled redwood with the bark still attached. I'd like to turn this into a coffee table top, but it's warped. How do I straighten it? [more inside]
posted by sub-culture on Nov 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Please help me with my wood

How much pressure can I put on a piece of 6x6 lumber across a 6'6" span without deflecting past the standard l/360 figure? The span tables only have figures for 2-by-X lumber. The back of their full book has some technical values for 6x6's listed but I don't know how to use them.
posted by rolypolyman on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Needed: Antique/Used/Abused lumber or tables

Sources for antique wood from old construction, like old crossbeams, etc? Or used/abused antique tables? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Mar 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Where to get wood for shelves online?

Where online can I order some wood, have it stained, and shipped? My google skills have failed me. I'm just trying to buy some shelves. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jan 1, 2006 - 5 answers

How much should I pay for a solid walnut table?

Bourgeois furniture value question(s). [more inside]
posted by iconoclastic flow on Dec 22, 2005 - 6 answers

US Gov't take on softwood lumber dispute with Canada

Please help me find more information on the US government's take on the softwood lumber dispute with Canada. [more inside]
posted by ykjay on Nov 18, 2005 - 12 answers

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