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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Tips for Keeping Your Cedar Deck Clean

May 23, 2013

In the Midwest, we face harsh and sometimes unpredictable weather from snowy winters to humid summers. It’s important to take care of your cedar deck year round to ensure it stays in good shape. Cedar decks have a beautiful deep red color and even retain its natural smell. Though beautiful and more desirable than other

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Building Your Very Own Wine Rack

February 9, 2013

Any wine lover will know that keeping a large quantity of bottles can lead to problems if you do not have adequate storage. While wine racks are the ideal solution, they can be expensive. Building a wine rack yourself is the perfect, affordable project for any DIY enthusiast. Cut hardwood into four side panels measuring

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What's So Great About Red Cedar?

February 7, 2013

The red cedar tree comes in many varieties. It’s a highly adaptable and very durable tree that can grow in many varieties; including seashore conditions. Decay resistant, it has many uses in landscaping. The grain is naturally straight and eventually turns into a nice brown-red color. The wood is long lasting, and is known for

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3 Common Myths About Crown Molding

January 8, 2013

Whether the lines are sleek and modern or detailed and elegant, crown molding adds a finishing touch to every room in a home. Another benefit: people take notice of crown molding instantly. Still, a few unfortunate myths continue to surround this stylish accent, including: Myth: Crown molding is expensive. In fact, crown molding is surprisingly

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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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Tips for Choosing the Best Wood for Your Project

October 19, 2012

Maybe it’s a simple deck project or something more intricate like a piece of custom furniture. No matter what the project, always begin with the best pieces of wood. Here’s what to consider:  Defects in wood aren’t always bad. Just make sure they are from nature and not caused by abuse, insects, or chemicals. Many

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How to Achieve the Weathered Wood Look

April 25, 2012

Distressed wood has become an extremely popular trend in residential and commercial interior design. The character and charm that imperfect, weathered wood adds to interiors is simply unrivaled. Take this restaurant entrance design by Jaye Lee Interiors for example. New wood simply cannot replicate this effect… or can it? You can in fact achieve this refined rustic look on your own

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Stunning Walnut Hardwoods

June 9, 2011

Hardwood floors are valued for their aesthetic value as well as their tendency to add resale value to homes. Schutte Lumber carries a selection of durable, versatile Walnut hardwoods. Hearty History Walnut trees are rather competitive plants! They are one of the few plants whose roots expel a toxic chemical that kills surrounding plants, eliminating

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Schutte Lumber Customer Builds Wooden Kayak

September 25, 2010

Check out this beautifully crafted strip-planked wooden kayak built by one of Schutte Lumber Company’s customers using some of our exotic and specialty hardwoods. For the customer’s first-ever woodworking project, they purchased a boatbuilding kit from Chesapeake Light Craft Boats, which also offers boatbuilding tips and boatbuilding classes. The kit was for a single-seated cedar

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