Tips for Finishing a Dense Tropical Hardwood Deck

June 3, 2015

Using dense wood is a great idea for building a hardwood deck, since it will help make it more durable and resistant to insects and rot outdoors. Unfortunately, denser wood does tend to make the deck difficult to finish properly. This is because dense wood often has a closed grain and is naturally oily. The following

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Confidence in New Home Construction Improved

July 7, 2014

The housing marketing is continuing to improve as builder confidence for single-family homes that have been newly built has risen four points on the Housing Market Index. This puts the builder confidence level at 49, only one point shy of the level considered good building conditions. According to the chairman of the National Association of

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Lumber Prices Expected to Rise in the Next Two Years

December 18, 2013

In any industry, prices are directly tied to the cost of needed materials. Construction is no different and, if lumber prices are any indicator, getting your construction work done today could save you money over waiting. Three of the most popular types of wood for homebuilding, the softwoods spruce, pine, and fir, are looking to see

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Cherry vs. Alder: Knowing What Wood is Right for You

November 7, 2013

Cherry and alder look very similar in their raw state, but depending on what working project you’ve got going, there’s likely one type of wood that will be better for you. Use this brief guide to figure out whether cherry or alder is right for you. Choose Your Grain Pattern Depending on what you’re using

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Use Trim to Add Subtle Style to Your Home

October 28, 2013

Small changes in your trim can make a major difference in the look and feel of your home. Switching away from standard and traditional woods to something more exciting could be just what you need, especially since exotic hardwoods in Kansas City are an unusual visual treat. Here are few ways to use them: Modernize

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How to Tell if Your Deck Has Water Damage

September 27, 2013

When you install a deck, it is sealed to prevent water damage. However, over time, water can creep in through that sealant and damage your pristine deck. As the months and years roll by, make sure you keep your eyes open for these common signs of water damage so you can fix them before you

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Birch Makes Excellent Wood for Cabinets

June 25, 2013

For centuries, master woodworkers have chosen to build cabinets from hardwoods such as maple, oak and mahogany. The nature of hardwoods makes them ideal choice for this application but their cost is often prohibitive for some homeowners. Fortunately, yellow birch offers a solution that combines the same great characteristics of hardwoods and an affordable price.

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Using Brackets to Add Design Interest to a Home

March 29, 2013

Brackets are an easy, affordable way to add some spice to your home’s design, in any room you like. Our Kansas City lumberyard at Schutte Lumber has a big selection of brackets and millwork, particularly knife blade pattern brackets. Kitchen shelving sometimes gets neglected, especially in smaller kitchens.  But installing shelves on an empty wall,

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Choosing a Cabinet Stain That's Right for Your Kitchen

January 3, 2013

What’s one of the great benefits of undertaking a cabinet staining project? You learn a great deal along the way. Begin by understanding that all stains are not created equally: Oil-based stains produce a resilient finish, but they emit a strong odor, are difficult to clean up after and are flammable. Water-based stains were designed

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The Dangers of Oversanding

December 31, 2012

For many people, it was the first household task that they performed as a child – so “simple” that anyone could do it: sanding. While sanding  is a rather simple skill to learn, the dangers of oversanding lurk near every project. Allow the premier Kansas City lumberyard, SchutteLumber Co., to share some useful tips that

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