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Tifft Street Pier in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo has been generating a lot of buzz surrounding new public works that have been revitalizing the historical industrial districts for the public. The Tifft Street Pier and boardwalk is one of the projects that has been recently completed, and is now open to the public to enjoy. The beautiful Tifft Pier has a floating dock that allows pedestrians to experience being surrounded on all 4 sides by water from Lake Erie. There are benches, and also accommodations for fishing.

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How to Zombie Proof Your Home!

It seems like it’s inevitable, the zombie apocalypse is coming. So what are we to do when this doomsday approaches? We’ll zombie-proof our homes, of course!

Now you may be wondering why you’re on a decking blog reading about zombies, but if The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that we can live amongst the undead.
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Wood of The Month: Cocobolo

Cocobolo is a stunning and unique hardwood that has become a prized material among woodworkers. Chances are you’ve seen this wood in many artisan products such as jewelry, executive pens, bowls, furniture and instruments! Cocobolo is a dense oily wood which polishes to a high gloss without any finish, a feature not many woods have. These oils present a challenge if you’re looking to glue Cocobolo, but using acetone to wipe down the joints will draw out the oils allowing you to use a two part epoxy to adhere pieces together. Cocobolo isn’t used in wind and string instruments solely because of its beauty. The wood itself has wonderful tonal qualities that help create a crisp sound.
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Ambrosia Maple Live Edge

More Than Just Decking

At AdvantageLumber.com we have specialized in Brazilian hardwood for over 20 years, but we do more than just decking.  At our North Carolina, Buffalo, and Florida locations we carry multitudes of species of exotic hardwood for turning, wood working, and many more uses.
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Trees for US – Why Restoring Our National Forests Matter

With tree planting efforts, we hope to restore all of the Ocala National Forest back to this.

With tree planting efforts, we hope to restore all of the Ocala National Forest back to this.

The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States. It covers over 383,000 acres of land and includes over 600 lakes, rivers, and springs.  This forest, which was founded in 1908, provides a sanctuary for several different species of animals, as well as an escape for the millions of residents in Tampa and Orlando.
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Wood of the Month: Ambrosia Maple (Wormy Maple)

Covered with unique patterns, Ambrosia Maple is the perfect wood for anyone who seeks one of a kind wood.

Covered with unique patterns, Ambrosia Maple is the perfect wood for anyone who seeks a one of a kind wood.

Ambrosia Maple is a highly coveted wood for many projects because of its very unique and colored patterns. A lot of people often wonder if Ambrosia Maple is a specific species of wood, or if some sort of chemicals were added to give it the interesting patterns. The truth is that Ambrosia maple isn’t a different species, its regular soft maple that has had small beetles called ambrosia beetles nesting in it which carry a certain type of fungus for food.
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Poplar Wood Ceiling – Easy How-To

Having a wood plank ceiling is easier than you think. With a few tools and some elbow grease, you’ll have a gorgeous ceiling that will compliment your living space.

For this project the installer used some ¾”x5” Tongue & Groove Poplar that we custom milled for him. Poplar is a great hardwood because of its light weight even though it’s still classified as a hardwood. Poplar was chosen by the homeowner because of the many characteristics: holds paint well, doesn’t have knots that affect the finish later, is more stable and won’t warp, twist or shrink like pine does, and it’s considerably less expensive than cherry or mahogany. Installing the ceiling plants was fairly simple thanks to the fact that Poplar can be more forgiving when nailing the end of the boards during installation. The homeowner primed and painted Poplar prior to the installation and finished with another coat of paint and putty to fill the nail holes to give a uniform look.

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