Wood / Plastic / Composites

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 dimensions as well as the nominal sizes. This includes softwood, hardwood, and glue laminated lumber.
Wood Veneer Slices
Diagrams and descriptions of the different methods of slicing a log into thin veneers. These include plain, quarter, rift, and rotary. We also discuss the barber-pole effect and how to avoid it.
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.
Wood Preservative Treatments
Pressure treated wood (or another kind of treatment) should be used if wood is exposed to moisture so you can prevent wet-rot, dry-rot, and insect infestation. We discuss treatment options, specifications, and health hazards.
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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