Category Archives: How-to Build

Summer’s Here and It’s Time For Shorts

Summertime is here! While you break out the board shorts, we’ll break out the short boards! We do everything we can to eliminate waste, so we keep cutoffs to sell at bargain prices. Many lumber companies sell shorts at a discounted price, but few will call 7 FEET a short board. We do!
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Ipe Hardwood Deck Tiles

Looking to Build a Deck over a Concrete Patio? Read This First!

Our Ipe, Cumaru, and Tigerwood decking are among the most sought after materials to use in a variety of outdoor applications. One specific application that’s asked about often are installations over concrete pads.

This situation is common in many pool, patio and porch designs.  The concrete gets cracked, stained and pitted and the owners want to cover it with something nice without busting up all the old concrete. Unfortunately, traditional long-length decking boards don’t perform very well over concrete.
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How to Build a Bench Around a Tree

Framing a deck around a tree is a simple idea that can add a little extra character to your outdoor space. Building a bench around the tree is an excellent way to achieve this, plus, it give you extra seating outside for when you entertain your guest on those blissful summer nights

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Deck Planter Box

Deck Planter Box – Easy Weekend Project

There are many uses for the exotic hardwood decking offered by AdvantageLumber.com. A fast and easy way to add life and personality to your deck is to build a planter box using any of our exotic woods like Ipe, Cumaru and Tigewood. This DIY project is perfect for spring, giving your deck a new look.
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Nominal Vs. Net Finished Dimensions – What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to build a deck for the very first time, the first thing you need to know is how much decking to buy. Many people make the mistake of planning their materials list based on what’s known in the lumber world as “nominal dimensions.” 1×4, 1×6, 5/4×4, and 5/4×6. These are the most popular “nominal dimensions” and are the terms we are all used to hearing on TV shows and even in DIY deck building books. However, what you need to know is that “nominal dimensions” refer to a piece of unfinished/rough lumber that has not yet been milled (aka surfaced).
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DIY: Outdoor Wood Mat

We always like to provide all our readers with some do it yourself wood projects that are simple and add a personal touch to your home.

This time we’d like to invite you to create a modern and very durable wooden welcome mat. It’ll be a project that will require only a few tools and even simple materials. We always suggest using the best materials like ipe but, you can use any other wood you like.

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