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What is Rough Sawn Lumber?

Lumber is available in many shapes, sizes, cuts and finishes. What type is right for the job you need depends on many factors.

What exactly is it?

You may have heard the term rough sawn (or rough cut) lumber before. What it essentially means is that this lumber type is untreated and cut into planks. It is generally stronger than other types of lumber, but also carries extra moisture because it hasn’t been kiln-dried. The planks are thicker than surfaced wood as well, giving you some versatility for your project.

Pros and Cons

Like any other building material, there are some potential pros and cons to be aware of.

As mentioned earlier, rough sawn planks are typically thicker than standard surfaced woods and also heavier. This is due to both the size and the added moisture, making them a good option where strength and sturdiness are concerned.

Also, the cost of this type of lumber is generally cheaper by volume as well. This is due to the fact the planks aren’t treated, but also because they cost more per board foot to haul in bulk. Additionally, you’ll need to take extra time to properly plane, flatten and finish a rough sawn plank to get it to the exact size you need.

What to use it for

Because of its inherent strength and stiffness, as well as its larger sizes, rough sawn lumber planks are ideal for creating a rustic, old-country aesthetic. If having exposed beams to achieve that classic woodsman/log cabin style is what you’re looking for in your home, then rough planks are for you.

Aside from building or remodeling parts of your home with this material, rough sawn lumber can be cut for other applications as well. The natural look makes these planks perfect for outdoor furniture like picnic tables and chairs or even swing sets. Smaller cuts can also be made to use this lumber for beautiful picture frames, shelves and other artistic pieces.

These are just a few features and ways to use rough sawn lumber. For more information or to see what type of lumber is right for your project, visit our website or call us at 630-657-0378.

Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale

245 W Roosevelt Rd, Building 10 Suite 69

West Chicago, IL 60185

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