Gain confidence in your ability to track down the lumber sizes and amount of materials needed for your next DIY project with these pointers.


We’ve talked about how the lumber aisle can be a bit daunting at first. But we promise, it’s not. It’s a good idea, however, to know what you’re in for when you stop by the lumber yard to pick up some Southern Yellow Pine for your project.

Which lumber, how much of it, what size(s) you’ll need, these are all things to consider. If you bounce on over to Wood. It’s Real.’s Pinterest, you’ll find a board we’ve put together called Totally 2×4. It shows all sorts of fun projects you can build with a few 2×4 boards. Fun, right?

Understanding some of these key terms will not only help you with a DIY project, but it can also help you be super informed if you decide to tackle a larger project, like a deck, pergola, or arbor. Whether you’re trying it yourself or working with a contractor, it’s good to know the basic vocabulary. Click on the link above to see what has to say.

To help you get started, check out some of our plans here on the site or over on Pinterest. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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