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How to Build a Simple Raised Garden Bed

Bored? Use Boards!  How to Build a Simple Raised Garden Bed. Use it as a stay-at-home success garden. For this garden bed, we used: 8 6x6 4' rough sawn cedar 1 pak 5# 10" galvanized spikes 8 pieces 1/2"x18" rebar 1. Start with as flat a trench or area as possible. Being level is the key. Add dirt, scrape dirt away to fully provide a good surface for the timber. Pound dirt compactly to avoid settling that will cause "un-levelling." TIP: WATCH FOR BURIED UTILITIES! 2. Set the first timber.  TIP: Pre-drilling the holes for rebar will avoid upsetting your [...]

The Characteristics of Walnut

As a new contributor to our blog, Andy will highlight a specific hardwood and speak to its characteristics. Up first: Walnut! Walnut is commonly called black walnut. This American hardwood is widely available in a variety of sizes. Lengths generally do not exceed 12’. The more desirable boards come from the heartwood with a familiar darker brown color as opposed to the lighter yellowish tan of the sapwood. It is on the higher end price wise for a domestic wood (it’s still a great value when comparing to imported and exotic hardwoods); however, everyone appreciates walnut’s easy workability, versatility and [...]

Product News

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! Redwood Meets/Exceeds Requirements Jefferson County, in particular, is upgrading their codes to limit uses of building materials in locations over 6000 feet in elevation. Specifically, only non-combustible materials will be allowed on the exterior of all buildings. Tests have shown that REDWOOD may very well meet/exceed the requirements, thereby allowing you to enjoy a wood deck. Check with both your governing jurisdiction, builder and supplier to verify. [...]

Taking Stock

Our Taking Stock section is filled with new information on the products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! Higher Quality 4x4 Posts In Douglas Fir, Front Range Lumber consistently carries in 8, 10 and 12’ lengths a higher quality 4x4 post. Virtually all uses for a 4x4 are not only structural in nature, but also its placement, means it is exposed to open view. Therefore, everyone desires a good looking post! This quality provides exactly that appearance. Stop chasing for a good timber, prevent call-backs, avoid the extra work [...]

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 [...]

2020-05-12T20:41:27+00:00Lumber, Wood|

Accent Wall In a Box 

Accent Wall In a Box - Modern Rustic, Reclaimed Inspired, Barn Wood. Using quality pine boards from Gorman, Accent Wall in a Box provides an easy-to-install modern, rustic barn wood look.  Accent walls are a perfect adaptable and inexpensive way to perk up any dull space in your home. Accent walls are an inexpensive way to break up a large room, emphasize an architectural feature, or liven’ up a wall. It’s the wall you notice first when you enter a room – due to its distinct color, texture or other eye-catching detail. An accent wall draws the eye to it [...]

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 [...]

2020-05-08T16:54:30+00:00DIY, Hardwood, Lumber, Projects, Wood|