“Know your Wood Types” – Recorded Seminar By Shannon Rogers

May 24, 201412 Comments

***The Live Web Seminar is now available as a recorded video***

If you weren’t able to attend the Live Web Seminar “Know your wood types” presented by my co-host and friend Shannon Rogers there’s still an opportunity to get all the great information everyone else learned that night.


According to the description at the sign-up page:

“This live web seminar is designed to break down the fear and mystery of our favorite medium and teach some basics about how wood moves and why.

By understanding and looking for 4 elements common to every species, you can quickly assess how a certain wood will work and whether or not it will be right for your next project. Many woodworkers are still in the dark about the one material we all use.

This web live seminar will get you working wood – instead of worrying about how it will move and whether it will be strong enough. The system you learn for reading and interpreting wood data sheets will allow you to find a good wood to use anywhere in the world – and encourage you to “branch” out into new species.”

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  1. Josh Mandell says:

    What a great idea! Looking forward to this webinar.

  2. Joe laviolette says:

    My first trip was pretty awesome actually. I found a saw mill pretty close to my house. The owner spent the better part of the day educating me about everything that goes on there. I learned how to spot lumber by grading marks, the difference between AD and KD, how boardfoot pricing works, how to calculate board feet, and picking boards based on layout and cuts instead of just grabbing the sizes I need. He also showed me which boards will likely be more stable in wide configurations depending on the species, and how different types of sawing affects the stability of certain species.

    I also learned I rarely need FAS lumber and have saved a ton of money digging through the select and F1F piles.

    I’ve been back there many, many times and still learn something every time I go

  3. John Bass says:

    Was learning to rethink how I measure wood thickness and asked the attendant at the lumbar yard for 5/4 board. He asked me which I wanted 5 boards or 4. I see I wasn’t the only one who needed to learn some new terminology.

  4. Daniel says:

    My first trip to the lumber yard gave me a real feeling of the difference between types of woods. I was walking to the cherry section and a stack of cherry was bumped by the jack and fell over. When it fell an amazing piece with a perfect live edge landed closest to me and I said well I’ll take that one then

  5. Tom C says:

    I came home empty handed after my first trip. I learned that they (like most lumberyards around here) carry mostly timberwood, decking and sheetgoods. They did have some oak and yellow pine, but that was about it for ‘fine’ woodworking.

  6. Matt Hansen says:

    I went to the lumber yard for the first time 2 weeks ago. My brother and I let the employees know right away that we had no idea what we were doing, and that if we messed up we apologized before hand. I told the attendant that we were looking for common cherry and he pointed me to a nice stack of boards. I was confused because most of them looked much better than I was expecting and were heavily figured. After picking my boards and bringing them up to pay for them I found they were in fact fancy boards and cost much more than the common boards I thought I was buying. Not wanting to look like a noob I made like nothing was wrong and bought them anyway. Good but expensive lesson.

  7. Matt Krusen says:

    My first trip to my hardwood dealer also left me empty handed. I was totally unaware of the vast numbers of species, figures, thicknesses etc. that were available. I felt like I couldn’t intelligently make a purchase that justified the current costs of some lumber. Thanks to people like Shannon, Matt, and Marc I now feel much more confident in all areas of my woodworking. This sounds like a great web seminar!

  8. Robert Love says:

    What a good idea for this webinar. I know my first few trips were an experience. Mainly the employees talking the lingo and then laughing at your ignorance.

  9. Peter says:

    My first trip to a real lumberyard was a two hour drive to the middle of nowhere to a one-man operation lumber mill/ -yard. Only domestic lumber, but air dried large boards up to 12/4 and up to 12-16″ in width. It was fantastic and cheap – I’ve learned since at 1/3 of the price of everything when compared to the big local lumber yards. I was allowed to go through the piles, which could replace a trip the gym.
    Fantastic experience – and great encounter with a helpful woodworker.

  10. BR Delaney says:

    I first went to a lumberyard in NC while in grad school. I needed a few boards to complete a blanket chest I was building for a class. The next thing I know I am loading a log-run of Cherry into my truck. I still have a few boards left from that tree, including a 14″ wide piece of curly cherry!!

  11. Brad Hogg says:

    I know you are looking for “lumber yard” stories of a different sort but your request made me think of the yard where I grew up. In some respects it WAS a “lumber yard”. Seeing pictures of “dry piled” lumber, like those in this article, really take me back. I did my share of dry piling when I was a teenager.

    In 1936, my grandfather purchased a 1909 vintage American Woodworking Machines No. 77 planer matcher. Grandfather ran that machine until he retired, and my father ran it after that. My brother [Cliff] and I spent many days feeding and tailing this planer. Over the approximately 50 years our family ran this machine, we planed hundreds and thousands and perhaps millions of board feet of lumber. Many of the buildings in our hometown are built with lumber that went through our mill. In the mid-80s, my father retired from the farm (farming was our business, lumber was rather a sideline) and he then donated the mill to the local museum [located in Swan River, Manitoba]. The mill was moved 12 miles to the museum and set up there on a beautiful new concrete foundation; a new structure was built over it.

    For the last three years, and I expect for as many years as we can, in the future, my brother and I, along with our two sisters [Lois and Kristi], have been going to the museum for the annual Sunday “Harvest Festival”. We spend the Saturday before getting the old American No. 77 rolling and set up to plane once again. We have been running about 1,000 lineal feet each year as a demonstration for those attending the festival. It’s always a treat to hear the old mill groan to life once again. I believe it is one of the oldest machines at the museum, and it probably is the most functional and reliable. At 105 years of age, it should see another 1,000 feet of lumber this coming summer.

    Back in the 70s when the mill was powered by a 50s vintage McCormick-Deering Super WD-9 tractor via a long endless drive belt, about 100 feet, I expect. Today the mill is run by a straight PTO shaft from a tractor…much safer.

    You can see a number of youtube videos of the mill by searching American 77 Planer.


  12. C Shaffer says:

    My first trip to purchase lumber was with my dad. I’ll never forget the dogs. I’ll never forget my dad getting them to heel. I’ll never forget the Amishman’s shock that my dad made it to the door. The man assumed my dad must be Amish. I know better now but I was surprised at the stacks of air drying lumber out in the open. I was surprised that the mill was run by leather belts and steam. Funny what is important to you as a boy.

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