The Wood Database reports that larch is an important timber source and its wood is primarily used for construction lumber, plywood and particle board, paper, flooring and glue-laminate beams. In the United States, Western larch is the most commercially important member of the Larix genus.Continue Reading
The Idaho Forest Products Commission states that larch wood is particularly useful in environments where rot and stress occur. This makes it a good choice for telephone poles, railroad beams and mine framing. According to the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, larch is an excellent firewood, particularly in woodstoves, where it provides quick and clean burning. A water-soluable gum known as arabinogalactan is derived from larch wood. This compound is utilized in the production of inks, paint and pharmaceuticals.
According to Oregon State University, there are 10 Larix species worldwide. These trees are restricted to the cold forests of the northern hemisphere. The Wood Database lists superior hardness and good rot resistance as the characteristics that make larch a valuable wood. Larch wood is one of the hardest types of softwoods and is harder than several species of hardwoods. Larch wood has tones of yellow, reddish-brown and white and has a straight grain, although flat-sawn wood can have an interesting and aesthetically pleasing character.Learn more about Botany
To build a Grambrel truss, use regular 2" x 6" lumber for the trusses and oriented strand board, a type of plywood, for the joining pieces (called "straps") and the interior support frame. Build a square assembly framework jig with three scrap wood stops to hold pieces straight while building. Assemble half trusses by laying cut lumber pieces flat in jig and attaching OSB straps with nails or screws. Join half-trusses, and attach top frame pieces.Full Answer >
You can build a cornhole board using a 24-by-48-inch piece of plywood and two 8-foot pieces of 2-by-4-inch lumber. You will need a circular saw, a mitre saw (or handsaw with a mitre box), a jigsaw, a hammer and a power drill.Full Answer >
Some tips for buying cheap plywood sheets include going to a nearby lumber yard and checking construction sites, according to Lifehacker. Home improvement stores such as The Home Depot and Lowe's often run sales on their plywood. Craigslist is another site to check for inexpensive plywood sheets.Full Answer >
Some tips for wood router table construction include using lumber to make the frame and plywood for the top of the table, ensuring that the top of the table is smooth, using several wood layers to create the top, and installing a fence made of a good quality wood on it. In addition, be sure that the table is of an adequate size and is accessible from beneath.Full Answer >