Wood Industry Resources

A list of wood and lumber industry associations that provide free technical information on their websites.

Fasteners - Screws

Descriptions and diagrams of screw types, including the shapes and types of screw heads.

Fasteners - Nails

Overview of nails used for fastening materials. Composition, size, type, and coatings are covered.

Wood Lumber Cuts

Diagrams and characteristics of different types of lumber cuts including plain sawn, quarter sawn, and rift sawn.

Dimensional Lumber Sizes: Nominal vs. Actual

A table of lumber sizes that includes the actual lumber sizes.

Wood Veneer Slices

Diagrams and descriptions of the different methods of slicing a log into thin veneers.

Wood Veneer Matching - Adjacent Leaves

Descriptions and diagrams of the various ways of arranging wood veneers, including slip matching, book matching, and random matching.

Wood Veneer Matching - End Matching

Large wood veneer panels require that multiple rows of veneers be combined. This article covers the various ways the ends of panels can be arranged. This includes architectural, continuous, and panel end matching.

Wood Veneer Matching - Balancing

Wood veneers look best when they are properly balanced. This article describes the options so you can properly specify the type of balance you prefer.

Fire Retardant Treated Wood

This article provides an overview of Fire Retardant Treated Wood, which is used in construction to provide extra protection from fire.
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