Lumber Buying Guide: Wood for Woodworking & Construction Wood | The Home Depot



[MUSIC PLAYING] Like all material
choices, selecting lumber comes down to a balance
between beauty and budget. If you're using the lumber
for structural purposes, such as joist, beams, or wall
studs, the look of the lumber isn't especially important. You're never going to see it. If the lumber will be visible,
you may want to consider spending a bit more for a higher grade lumber. Now if you plan to use the
lumber for an outdoor project, look for pressure-treated lumber
that will stand up to the elements. Natural wood cedar and redwood
lumber will also resist rotting. These products are a great
option for projects like fencing. Lumber is identified
by its nominal size, which is the rough dimensions
before its trim at the lumber mill. So for instance, a nominal
size of a two-by-four is trimmed to an actual size of
roughly 1.5 by 3 and 1/2 inches.

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This chart will help you determine the
actual size versus the nominal size of some popular lumber choices. For more information, review
our detailed lumber buying guide or talk to one of our Home
Depot store associates. Good luck, and thanks for
shopping at The Home Depot.

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