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Lumber, Plywood, Panelboards and Laminates
Lumber Plywood Panelboards and Laminates Author:Mel Marshall Here is a guide to the selection and use of construction material available in most lumberyards--boards, dimension lumber, and timers; engineered and appearance plywood; particleboard, hardboard, softboard, and other panelboards; and plastic laminates. These products come in such a bewildering variety of grades and sizes that the do-it-yourselfe... more »r is often stumped when shopping--especially in today's self-service lumberyards.
Beginning with a brief history of lumbering and milling, the author then traces the evolution of veneer and composition boards. He examines the various types of lumber and explains how to select the best grade for your needs, how to calculate quantities and prices for any job, how to work with and finish lumber. This format is followed in covering all the other materials. The result is a comprehensive, detailed study of our basic wood products that unscrambles the terminology, simplifies the date, and provides a convenient reference for purchasing and working the materials. Armed with this information, anyone can enter a lumberyard and be sure of getting his money's worth.« less