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Jul 05, 2023

Softwood vs. Hardwoods: What’s the Difference?

Blog Category: How To

If you're starting a home project or are new to woodworking, you may have questions about the difference between hardwoods and softwoods and what should be used where. We know it can be overwhelming, especially considering the many different types of wood available. That’s why we’ve put together this guide...

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Aug 03, 2022

​Tips for Buying Wood From a Sawmill

Blog Category: Circle Sawn Lumber, How To, Lumber Process

If you work with wood products frequently, you may have thought about purchasing lumber directly from a sawmill. While there are many advantages to buying wood straight from a mill, it can be a little intimidating the first time you do it. Here are a few tips and tricks to...

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Apr 20, 2022

How to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

Blog Category: How To, Decking

Spring is finally near, and you want to be able to sit in the sun and enjoy your deck as soon as the temperatures allow. When the snow finally thaws for good, you want to be ready. But after surviving the winter wear and tear of snow, dirt and...

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Mar 30, 2022

The 5 Most Popular Types of Wood and What to Use Them For

Blog Category: Project Inspiration, How To

When it comes to types of wood, there are certain species that builders swear by, the fan favorites of the construction world. But you don’t have to be a professional contractor to appreciate the qualities of fine lumber. Each type of wood has its own unique qualities and characteristics...

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Feb 09, 2022

How to Customize Your Spec Home

Blog Category: Project Inspiration, How To

While there is a common misconception that spec homes are often small, cookie-cutter homes, this isn't necessarily the case. Spec homes can be beautifully designed with unique elements found throughout. So what exactly is a spec home? Spec homes are designed and built by the builder without the input...

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Dec 08, 2021

How to Remove Black Marks on Lumber

Blog Category: How To

If you frequently work with wood, you may have come across pieces that have black spots or streaks on them. These streaks tend to look like ink or oil stains and are often relatively easy to hide or cover. However, you may get a spot that you just can’t...

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Dec 01, 2021

Tongue and Groove Paneling Terminology, Decoded

Blog Category: Siding, How To

If you haven’t had much (or any) building experience, wood product terminology can be pretty confusing. Though it may not seem necessary for the average person to understand the jargon, it does become important when it comes time to select material for your next home project. At Marks Lumber...

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Oct 13, 2021

Tips for Burning Firewood Safely in Your Home

Blog Category: How To

There’s nothing more comforting than the warmth and scent of a wood-burning fireplace or stove in the wintertime. Using wood as your home’s heat source not only offers next-level comfort, but since wood is a renewable resource, it is also a sustainable way to heat your home. However, despite...

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