Our guide to home center lumber can help you bring home exactly what you need.
(The prices listed are for an 8-ft. 1x6.)
STANDARD PINE ($4)
Eastern white pine is the most widely used wood for home construction. Knots and resin are common. Doesn’t take stain evenly.
SELECT PINE ($10)
Same as standard pine but completely knot free. Nice for paint or natural finish.
Western red cedar is lightweight and rot resistant, making it popular for outdoor furniture. Knots and splits are common.
Yellow poplar is generally lightcolored, with hues ranging from yellow to green to purple. Excellent for painted woodwork because grain doesn’t show through.
Red oak is the most ubiquitous cabinet wood of the last 75 years. It’s strong, durable and takes finish well.