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Old 09-08-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default where to get straight 2x2 lumber?

is it even possible to get straight 2x2 lumber anymore? going to build some stuff that requires straight 2x2s, last time i went wood shopping lowes had the best and even there I had to go through 1 and a half lifts just to get 20 or so good boards. where do i get good wood? is there a particular species or grade i can order that is going to come straight?
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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good luck. and let us know if you find them. Just had similar experience w 2 x 6's. It is maddening.
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Don't look in the lumber racks - look in the trim area. Where the wood is standing up straight (be it HD, Lowe's, etc.). It's more finish trim type of wood (tends to be poplar) and is usually higher quality than the construction lumber that's in the racks.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: where to get straight 2x2 lumber?

whats even worse is that if you dont use the straight ones right away,they twist and warp in a week or so too.It all comes down to the drying process being to short at the mills.It would be interesting to take a moisture meter to loes,or hd and see what it shows.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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I gave up long ago. I just get fairly straight large lumber and rip it on the table saw to what I want. Far more economical that way too.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:42 PM   #6
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Don't look in the lumber racks - look in the trim area. Where the wood is standing up straight (be it HD, Lowe's, etc.). It's more finish trim type of wood (tends to be poplar) and is usually higher quality than the construction lumber that's in the racks.
I agree. This is the only way to get straight lumber.
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I agree. This is the only way to get straight lumber.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:59 PM   #8
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I rip what I need on the table saw. I don't like looking through stacks of wood for straight pieces.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #9
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Stop shopping for wood at Home Depot, Lowes, etc and go to a real lumberyard.

You'll probably find better prices along with better lumber.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:22 PM   #10
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Good luck. I have a tough time finding anything 2x4, 2x6, 2x8 and even 2x10 that is straight. Home depot lumber often has some straight stuff but like said use it right away or it'll warp and twist. As for real lumber yards they are no better or even worse. They all store the lumber outside in the rain.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:28 PM   #11
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Do you guys have local lumber stores? Carter or 84 Lumber? They have a better selection and the last time I went I didn't have to dig through a pile of 2x4s for some straight ones.

I haven't had much good luck at Lowes with raw wood. Sad part is, they are really close so it makes it convenient to stop in and grab a board or two to finish a project.
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Buy long 2x12's like 2x12x16 this will usually be FIR (small knots) and less prone to warp. Let it sit for a couple days to acclimatize. Then rip it to size.
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Stop shopping for wood at Home Depot, Lowes, etc and go to a real lumberyard.

You'll probably find better prices along with better lumber.
Ditto....and do like Keep said....grade 1 lumber will have a lot less knots....and is kiln dried which means that if it isn't warped...it's most likely not going to.

If you really need it to stay straight...then stop looking at pine and consider some of the hardwoods like poplar.
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Does anyone have a fairly thorough list of the types of wood available and what their natural properties are.
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Stop shopping for wood at Home Depot, Lowes, etc and go to a real lumberyard.

You'll probably find better prices along with better lumber.
This is the right answer.
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If you are not using the lumber for a load bearing wall, use steel. You can also buy 2x lumber that is engineered, even 2x4. What are you using the lumber for ?
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Does anyone have a fairly thorough list of the types of wood available and what their natural properties are.
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This looks like a good one for hardwoods...

http://www.hardwoodinfo.com/species_guide/index.php
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:45 PM   #18
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You dont have to go with hardwood species. Western Red Cedar is very dimensionally stable. If your going to use it for lumber it wont be very cost effective though. Any species will get more dimensionally stable the clearer (stright grain - no knots) it gets. Air dried lumber that has not sat out in the sun is going to minimize the warping, twisting, cupping, checking etc.
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Stop shopping for wood at Home Depot, Lowes, etc and go to a real lumberyard.

You'll probably find better prices along with better lumber.
This is true.Problem is,in kalkaska ,antrim, and otsego countys the box stores have run all the real lumber yards out.Used to be 2 in the village of kalkaska,3 in gaylord (now there is one),only one left in antrim county.Real lumber yards are hard to find in northern michigan.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:23 PM   #20
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Do you have a 'Pro Build' near you? I had this same problem firring out my daughter's basement last weekend, and ended up finding nice PREMIUM 2x2's there. They were bundled 2 x 4 for 8 pieces in a bundle, and were mostly dead straight. Price wasn't bad either - about $2.12 each if I recall.
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