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Types of Hardwoods

What types of hardwoods will you consider for your next project? There are many types of hardwoods. Hardwoods are milled and sold in a fundamentally different manner than framing lumber and pine boards. This is due to the increased value of hardwoods, and that softwoods are generally used in construction. In construction, there is obviously a large need for uniformly-sized pieces (think studs!) Hardwoods are used in furniture, fixtures, cabinets, and moldings. There is little uniform sizing between projects in hardwoods. To maximize the yield of the valuable hardwood, each board is cut to yield the maximum amount of usable [...]

2018-04-13T17:13:48+00:00DIY, Hardwood, Lumber, Projects, Wood|

Wood Siding Care and Maintenance

Keep your home looking beautiful with our wood siding care and maintenance advice. Wood Siding Care and Maintenance can keep your home looking great! Pressboard siding also called synthetic wood siding, or hardboard (not to be confused with HardiePlank®) siding, is mainly comprised of wood fibers, flakes or chips that are held together by glues and resins. This type of siding was extremely popular from the 1980s to mid-1990s as a low-cost alternative to other existing house sidings. Pressboard siding naturally absorbs water and swells slightly, but with proper installation and ongoing maintenance that absorption rate can be kept to [...]

How To Tell A Real Lumberyard

A real lumberyard: Carries wood up to 20’ long The staff knows how to read a tape measure Special orders aren’t a hassle but welcomed Carries lumber grades for their usefulness, not a grade enabling a low price Delivers at a reasonable rate on a same or next day basis Has a staff that averages more than 19 years of experience in the industry Helps you load your materials Stocks decking and engineered wood products that are listed on the Built Green checklist Has extensive experience selling building materials, not just extensive experience Offers the entire range of building materials [...]

2018-04-13T17:16:42+00:00Denver Lumberyard|

Now In Stock: Book-Matched Pairs of Mesquite Boards!

Here are a few of the Mesquite boards we were able to bring in. Somewhat straight grained but often wavy. Mesquite trees are short desert plants that yield boards with knots, splits, wormholes, etc. Woodworkers use the defects as points of interest in the finished pieces.  The Mesquite tree grows in North America. This picture shows a "book-matched" pair of Mesquite boards. This is the effect derived from cutting a thicker slab in half and the two halves are mirror images of each other. Mesquite of decent size and quality are rare, this hardwood is renowned for its beauty and stability. [...]

2018-04-13T17:19:35+00:00DIY, Lumber, Mesquite|

Fresh shipment of 1×12 Haida Skirl siding!

Front Range Lumber just got a fresh shipment of 1x12 Haida Skirl siding! Also known as "wavey edge" Western Red Cedar Siding. This pattern is cut with a bandsaw, while the saw operator is moving the board through the saw to obtain a random, varying curve on the thick (butt) edge. In random lengths from 3' to 20'. We're the only lumber yard in the Denver area stocking this unique product. Haida Skirl is produced from carefully selected Western Red Cedar. Cedar's natural characteristics protect against decay and insects, ensure materials stay straight, lay flat, and provide an excellent base [...]

2018-04-13T17:20:29+00:00DIY, Lumber, Siding|

Blue Stain / Beetle Kill Pine New Sizes In Stock!

Front Range Lumber Stocks Additional Sizes of Blue Stain Beetle Kill Pine! Beetle kill pine or blue stain boards are available in 1×6 tongue and groove in 8′ through 16′ lengths. What isn’t so common are 1×4 through 1×12 “square” edge boards. More spottily, blue stain lumber comes in 2×4 through 2×8 dimensional sizes. Front Range Lumber stocks all these sizes. See our Size Availability Chart below. Finally, we stock far more of the 1x6 T&G square edge boards in 8’ through 16’ lengths. For your reference, we’re including the most up-to-date size chart showing all the items currently stocked. [...]

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is here and it’s time to get your home and yard ready before the snow flies. Here are 8 things to take care of. Clean your gutters Try using an old plastic spatula to get leaves and debris out of your gutters! It won't scratch, plus you can cut it to fit the contours of your gutter. While cleaning your gutters, make sure to snake out downspouts They get clogged with leaves and debris and need a cleaning too. Try a plumber’s snake to do the job. Keep watering Watering in the fall helps your lawn recover from summer heat [...]

2018-10-01T16:54:48+00:00Home Maintenance|

Don’t buy more moulding than you need!

To minimize waste, Front Range Lumber stocks 17' pieces of primed finger joint door casing. This length of ready-to-paint molding allows you to trim out one entire side of any standard interior door, even allowing for miter cut two approximately 7’ pieces for each leg/side of the door and a 3’ piece for the head. Stocking this length enables you to save money and minimize waste. Don’t buy more than you need! See our mouldings list.

Before Buying Interior or Exterior Doors, What You Need to Know.

The most common issues and advice when it comes to Interior Doors and Exterior Doors. Door Construction Except on very high-end doors, few wood doors are “solid wood” of any sort. Today, virtually all doors are composed of pieces of finger joint wood or particle board substrate assembled and overlaid with wood veneer. While a perception of these is “cheap”, this construction actually has advantages, including stability (no cracking, warpage) and lower cost. Low-End Interior Doors Most lower end, interior doors are moulded doors – available in a wide variety of types – and usually hollow core and primed. Of course, [...]