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At Front Range Lumber, we like to keep our customers informed about the building industry products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! TREX With such a large number of colors in the Trex decking line-up, the biggest suggestion we have is to actually SEE and have sample pieces in hand to bring home to ensure you get the color you want. This gives you the opportunity to match your exterior colors, get an idea of what the decking looks like in the sun and so on. Front Range Lumber [...]

Taking Stock

We will be updating our Taking Stock section with new info every couple of months, so come back and visit often! Hardboard Siding Reminders Re-looking at the two major hardboard siding manufacturer’s installation and warranty details, we thought it would be great to review a few details we commonly see forgotten: Fastening must not exceed 16” on centers All lap products require the butt joints to be located on the studs and nailed at those joints Fasten from one end to the other OR from center to ends. A minimum of 4 dry mils, including factory primer, is required. This [...]

Common Lumber Terms

Here are a few common lumber terms you might find useful. Front Range Lumber and the industry use these words every day: WANE – A round edge on a board where the edge of the trunk was. Said differently: the mill pushed and tried to get a 2x6 where really only a good 2x4 should have been cut. SURFACED – Smoothened by planers or other machinery to obtain a smooth finished surface. GREEN – Lumber that has not been seasoned or dried. RANDOM WIDTH (OR RANDOM LENGTHS) – The mill cut to just whatever the maximum length (or width) they [...]

2019-10-09T17:44:25+00:00Lumber, Wood|

Your Guide To Pressure Treated Lumber

What is pressure treated lumber? Pressure treated (PT) lumber is wood that has been infused with chemical preservatives to protect the wood from rot and insects. The wood is placed in a depressurized holding tank that removes the air and replaces it with a preservative. This process is the best way to avoid harmful rot and insects but does not prevent weathering and corrosion. When working with treated lumber, we suggest you wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask (NIOSH N95) when handling wood. Due to preservatives in pressure treated wood, it should never be burned. Sawdust and scraps [...]

The Advantages of Using Cedar Wood

Aromatic & beautiful with a natural insect repellent, Western red cedar is pitch and resin-free. Which means it’s ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of beautiful finishes. Cedar also comes in a wide range of lumber dimensions, surface textures and grades. So no matter what your desired effect is, Western Red Cedar is the go-to choice. There are many benefits to Western Red Cedar Cedar is durable and strong– Western Red Cedar is lightweight but stable and is less likely to crack and warp than even treated lumber. Western Red Cedar contains oils that act as preservatives to [...]

The Benefits of Using Baltic Birch Plywood

Baltic Birch Plywood is the most versatile plywood available. Baltic birch plywood is unique because of its all-birch veneer core that’s cross-banded and laminated with exterior grade glue, making for a superior stable sheet. It also has a thicker face veneer than traditional cabinet grade plywood. Baltic birch is a plywood product native to the northeastern region of Europe around the Baltic Sea. It is manufactured for European cabinetmaking. This begins to explain the product’s odd sheet size of 5’x5′. Baltic birch’s core is unlike traditional plywood you may be used to seeing. Its high-quality multiple plys (veneer layers) provide [...]

2019-10-09T17:50:12+00:00DIY, Lumber, Projects, Wood|

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 [...]

2019-10-09T17:50:48+00:00DIY, Hardwood, Lumber, Projects, Wood|

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. [...]

2019-10-09T17:52:27+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 [...]

2019-10-09T17:52:53+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. [...]