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Rough Wood (click to open/close)

Buying wood rough means you are getting material that is unsorted, unsurfaced and it may have defects such as cracks, knots or warp age. This material is direct from the source and will be in the form of logs, rough boards or slabs with the tree bark along the edges. If it's bulk wood your looking for, leave us a message on the answering machine or drop me a note. We will check what we have and get back to you on the size and cost. We can cut down large pieces to a more manageable size if needed.

Resawn Strips (click to open/close)

This service is offered to the model builder working with modeling tools such as a 4 inch table saw, small thickness sanders, scroll saws, lathes and drill presses. The material is cut in the form of billets, sheets, blocks or strips. Resawn material is cut for the most part free of defects but some small cracks or knots may show up. The surface of resawn material has the saw marks and it will have to be finish sanded.

Three basic thicknesses of resawn sheets are offered:

  • 3/32 for finishing to 1/16 and thinner
  • 3/16 for finishing from 3/32 to 1/8
  • 5/16 for finishing from 3/16 to 1/4
  • Any thickness of sheet stock is cut on request.

For the model builder who prefers to do his own resawing and finishing, but does not want to work with large rough stock, small billets, boards and half logs are available. This material is cut as free from defects as material will allow.

Milled Stock (click to open/close)

This material is dimensioned material and will have a tolerance of approximately .010 over size to allow for exact finishing.  Milling is done in inches or millimeters. All milled stock is sold by the linear foot. All orders are cut to random lengths up to 24 inches. Longer lengths can be cut upon request. Milled wood prices are per linear foot and do not apply to boxwood, holly, swiss pear and exotics .

  1/32" 1/16" 3/32" 1/8" 5/32" 3/16" 7/32" 1/4" 9/32" 5/16" 11/32" 3/8" 13/32" 7/16" 15/32" 1/2"


.27 .29 .29 .31 .31 .34 .34 .39 .39 .44 .49 .49 .49 .54
1/16"   .28 .28 .30 .30 .33 .34 .38 .38 .43 .43 .48 .50 .54 .54 .56
3/32"     .29 .32 .33 .35 .38 .44 .46 .53 .53 .53 .58 .63 .63 .68
1/8"       .32 .33 .37 .42 .44 .47 .54 .54 .54 .58 .64 .64 .70
5/32"         .42 .42 .42 .44 .47 .52 .52 .57 .57 .62 .62 .67
3/16"           .47 .47 .47 .52 .57 .62 .62 .67 .72 .72 .72
7/32"             .47 .47 .52 .57 .52 .62 .67 .72 .72 .82
1/4"               .52 .52 .57 .62 .62 .67 .72 .77 .82
9/32"                 .57 .57 .62 .62 .67 .72 .77 .82
5/16"                   .67 .67 .72 .72 .77 .82 .82
11/32"                     .72 .72 .77 .77 .82 .82
3/8"                       .77 .77 .77 .82 .82
13/32"                         .82 .82 .87 .87
7/16"                           .87 .87 .92
15/32"                             .92 .98
1/2"                               .98
Sheet Stock

Sheet stock is finished with 80 grit sandpaper and will be oversize by about .005 to .010 thousandths to allow for final finishing.

Wood Samples (click to open/close)

The Lumber Yard offers a sample set of all the woods listed below. Each sample measures 1/16" X 3/4" X 6". Sample sets can be ordered directly through The Lumber Yard. Cost is $43.00 US dollars.

For quotes on Rough material or orders of Milled Stock contact . Resawn wood can be ordered through our Secure on-line shopping cart.

We have strived to produce accurate color and detail in the wood pictures, though the settings of various monitors/graphics cards can nullify our attempt. Also, nature does not necessarily produce wood that will match its description or color. For most accurate rendition, order the sample set above.


















































Definition of Terms:
all the listed wood fall into the range of 60 to 90
FIGURE: The woods in this group will have a range of colors and figures from solid even color to streaks and marble like figures. When fresh cut the colors and figure will be bright and bold. Once the finished surface is exposed the wood looses the brightness of color and tones down to a darker more mellow appearance. When the wood is cut into narrow strips and small fittings the bold figure will disappear and you will have subtle shades of color.
GRAIN: is almost always straight
TEXTURE: ultra fine and uniform, very dense and heavy.
PROPERTIES: all the woods share the same general characteristics of being stiff and brittle with a dense compact structure. Because of the woods' hardness, working with hand tools or a carving knife would be difficult and slow going. Sanding with power tools warms up the wood and brings out the natural oils thus gumming up and clogging the sanding paper. Sanding by hand gently and easily works fine. Machining and turning properties are excellent. Joinery work can be machined to a clean smooth surface with a crisp sharp edge. Very delicate fittings can be turned on a lathe. This group of wood can be brought to a polished marble like finish.
USE: small fittings and turned items, railings, blocks, moldings, cap rails, trim work and wales, planking for decks and accent planking on the inside and outside of the bulkwards

Color: an even medium brown color with a tint of yellow

Color: black with a marble like figure of dark purple and charcoal gray.

Weight: 31
Grain: is always straight
Figure: is an even sulfur color with no distinctive pattern
Texture: fine and uniform
Properties: for a soft wood, Yellow Cedar is quite heavy with a density about the same as Cherry. A very stable wood and it holds it shape with no shrinkage. This wood is exceptionally easy to work, turns well on a lathe, finishes smooth and carves well. Easy to glue. A durable wood resistant to decay.
Use: masting and spars, deck and hull planking, hull timbering and carvings. A good wood where a hand cutting joinery is used.

Weight: 35
Grain: straight
Figure: the wood ranges from a light cream to a pale reddish brown with no outstanding figure.
Texture: is smooth and fine
Properties: Alder is a flexible wood and easy to bend. It is stable and will hold its shape. A very good wood for carving and machining. It leaves a clean sharp edge and finishes to a smooth surface. It is an all around easy working wood.
Use: a prime use is for bent structural members and hull planking. Alder would make a nice deck. Well suited for framing and timbering. Nice for turning masts and spars. Suitable for quarter scale and larger carvings

Weight: 48
Grain: prone to small knots, causing an irregular grain of bends, twists and swirls. Apple is also found with a straight grain when clear of knots.
Figure: heartwood is a red brown with swirls and veins of dark maroon, blue gray, yellows or red gold. Sapwood is a narrow band of creamy yellow with a tint of pink.
Texture: is fine and uniform
Properties: excellent for carving, milling and turning. The wood will hold a clean sharp edge and finishes to a smooth polished surface. Apple is strong and flexible suitable for bending.
Use: One of the top choices among model builders because of this woods versatility, working properties and wide range of color and figures. Apple is suitable for natural curved timbers. The wood can be used for all aspects of model work, from fine fittings to delicate turned items and carvings to hull timbering. The cream color of the sapwood makes nice planking.

Weight: 20
Grain: interlocked, straight to slightly wavy.
Figure: looks like a yellow colored Mahogany. The range of color is from pale lemon yellow to a golden yellow.
Texture: is uniform and on the soft side. A bit coarse for fine texture.
Properties: a nice wood to work with, easy to cut with any hand or power tool. Strong for its weight, a stable wood not prone to warpage. Takes a kind of satin finished surface.
Use: deck or hull planking, hull timbering and framing. Works well for making masts and spars.

Weight: 26
Grain: straight
Figure: the wood is a cream color with very little to no pattern from grain.
Texture: a soft wood with a very smooth even texture.
Properties: a top quality wood for carving with a knife. Machining qualities are poor, the wood tends to rip or crush under the pressure of a cutting tool. Basswood is weak and tends to break when cut into small parts. Sawing produces a woolly surface, sands easily. Finishing usually requires a sealer.
Use: the principle use of the wood is cutting lifts for solid hull construction or blocks for carving hulls. The easiness of carving makes Basswood suitable for the joinery work in deck framing. Usable as deck planking and the first layer of planking in plank-on-bulkhead hulls or planked hulls that are going to be painted or glassed over for R.C. models

Weight: 43
Grain: straight except when knots occur, then the grain will bend and wave before straightening out again.
Figure: the sapwood is a cream white color, the heartwood is a light reddish brown. Pith rays appear on the wood as tiny markings giving Beech the appearance of scale Oak. Quarter-sawn Beech has a delicate, flaky appearance.
Texture: fine and silky with a close and even texture.
Properties: the wood can take extreme bending and will hold its shape. Beech has a very smooth and hard surface making it suitable for polished finishes. Cuts, sands and machines well. One of the best woods in its ability to hold screws and nails. A strong, hard and dense wood, turns well on a lathe. Workable with hand tools and cuts clean with a knife blade or cutting burs.
Use: a very good wood for planking and bent hull timbers such as wales and deck clamps. Makes an attractive wood for framing and hull timbering, also used for treenails.

Weight: 47
Grain: generally straight but sometimes found as wavy or curly grain.
Figure: the sapwood is a cream colored tan. The heartwood is a light brown. Slight streaks of a darker color show from grain pattern.
Texture: medium and uniform, slightly on the brittle side.
Properties: an easy wood to work, with hand and power tools. Cuts clean and finishes to a smooth surface. The wood is very tough and flexible, once bent it will hold its shape.
Use: prime use is for framing, hull timbering and bent hull members such as deck clamps. Suitable for planking. The fine carvings on the ships in the Richard Young collection at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum are carved in Birch.

Color: a dark cherry red color.

Color: blood red to maroon with streaks of deep reddish gold.

Color: dark bands of reddish yellow and black.

Weight: 28
Grain: straight to slightly wavy. Prone to be a knotty wood.
Figure: there is no figure from a grain pattern. The color is an off white sometimes with a streak of coral pink.
Texture: about equal to soft Maple, but finer in grain.
Properties: elastic and bendable. Works easy with hand and power tools. Finishes to a satin surface.
Use: for deck and bulkward planking.

Weight: 70
Grain: straight
Figure: an even straw yellow color.
Texture: ultra fine and uniform.
Properties: dense and hard. Finishes to a polished surface. Excellent machining properties. The wood will hold a clean sharp edge. Working with hand or carving tools is slow going due to the hardness of the wood.
Use: for all aspects of model work from fine tuned pieces to timbering. A little stiff, but with some care, the wood makes nice looking planking.

Color: dark red, violet and black streaks.

Weight: 56
Grain: straight to slightly wavy
Figure: is an even lemon yellow color when freshly cut then darkens to a golden yellow. If the wood is left in the sunlight it will turn to a dark ivory color.
Texture: similar to hard Maple. Heavy, dense and uniform but with a slight coarseness.
Properties: cuts and machines nicely, sands easily and finishes to a smooth satiny surface. The wood is too coarse and hard for carving, it is better suited for power tools rather than hand tools.
Use: decking or decorative planking, cap rails and moldings. Well suited for hull timbering and framing.

Color: salmon pink with streaks of brown.

Color: yellow to light orange.

Color: dark brown with streaks of black.

Color: marble like figure of shades of reds and maroons.

Weight: 35
Grain: straight, also found as curly.
Figure: color is a light red to pink which darkens with age.
Texture: is close, firm and uniform.
Properties: the wood is very stable in use with little to no warpage or movement. Capable of a smooth surface. Works easily with hand and power tools, carves nicely with a clean sharp edge.
Use: a good wood for hull framing and timbering. Suitable for small fittings and hull planking.

Color: streaks of dark maroon, black, purple and red brown.

Weight: 28
Grain: straight.
Figure: for the most part the color is a yellow with reddish tint sometimes found with streaks of darker color.
Texture: is close and even.
Properties: for a softwood this wood has excellent durability and strength. Finishes smooth with a waxy looking surface. It is a stable wood and it will not warp or move. Glues well and takes a good painted finish. Cypress is an easy wood to work with hand and power tools.
Use: for all aspects of model work, especially where a lot of hand cutting of joinery is done. Masting and spars, planking and timbering. It is strong and light weight making it suitable for RC models.

Weight: 53
A heavy and dense wood, also known as American Boxwood. A light cream color with a slight pink tint. Takes a super smooth finish. A top notch wood for machining and carving.

Color: solid black.

Color: light and dark brown marble figure.

Color: dark chocolate brown with thin streaks of black.

Weight: 47
Grain: straight.
Figure: almost no figure from grain pattern or color. Holly is a chalky white to a light shade of gray.
Texture: very fine and uniform.
Properties: an easy wood to work with. Cuts clean and smooth with hand or power tools. Capable of a very smooth and hard surface. Flexible and strong, bends nicely.
Use: principle use is for deck planking or bulkward planking. The fine texture makes the wood suitable for delicate fittings and carvings.

Weight: 51
Grain: straight and interlocked.
Figure: no visible figure from a grain pattern. Color is silver white to a slight cream white.
Texture: very fine and uniform.
Properties: hard, tough and strong, elastic and bendable. Works well with power tools but is a little difficult with hand tools. Takes a fine smooth finish.
Use: for deck planking in place of Holly, delicate turned items, fittings, blocks and trim work.

Color: deep colors of browns and reds.

Color: (Brazilian Cherry) reddish brown.

Color: purple with streaks of light and dark violet.

Color: medium brown wood which looks like Teak.

Color: bands of dark brown and black.

Weight: 50
Grain: Madrone is known for its burls and rarely found as lumber. The grain in lumber is straight to slightly wavy.
Figure: is an even light pink to a reddish brown. Sapwood is a cream color with pink tint. Madrone resembles a dusty rose colored Swiss Pear wood.
Texture: is fine, uniform and dense.
Properties: the wood is strong and somewhat brittle. It works well with hand and power tools. It finishes to a very fine smooth and polished surface.
Use: for small fittings, rails, trim work and delicate turned items. The wood makes nice framing and hull timbering. Suitable for carvings.

Weight: 38
Grain: straight to interlocking.
Figure: a light brown with a slight yellowish tint. Sometimes found as a darker chocolate brown. The color is even with no distinguishing patterns.
Texture: is medium.
Properties: this is an excellent wood for bending and it holds its shape. It is an easy wood to work with both hand and power tools, also has good gluing and finishing properties. The surface takes on a silky appearance when finished.
Use: is for framing and heavy timbering, suitable for hull planking.

Weight: 39
Grain: Maple has a wide variety of grain from straight to the exotic like Tiger Maple, birds-eye, fiddleback and a range of twisted and curly.
Figure: all kind of wild patterns can be found from the grain. Straight grained Maple has very little figure. The color of the heartwood is a cream to a light reddish brown. The sapwood is mostly white with a tint of pink.
Texture: very uniform and moderately fine.
Properties: a tough strong wood. Cuts nice and clean, with excellent machining qualities. If too heavy of a cut is taken on a thickness sander the wood will burn. Maple will take a smooth polished surface. Carves sharp and clean with a knife but a little hard to work with using hand tools.
Use: for hull timbering and planking also suitable for small fittings.

Color: deep chocolate brown to almost black.

Weight: 56
Figure: is a bright yellow when freshly cut, changing to a golden tan or russet brown in time, with pale darker streaks.
Texture: is fine and uniform.
Properties: very heavy, hard, tough and resilient. The wood is quite pliable and elastic.It was used by the Indians as bows. Osage is somewhat difficult to work, but it produces a lustrous surface. A very stable wood with high strength characteristics. You would not want to pound nails into this wood, but it holds screws well and glues wells. Oil based finishes will accelerate the color change. The wood is available in small quantities due to the difficulty of logging it. The tree is armed with lots of nasty thorns from the trunk to the tips of the branches
Use: a fine accent wood for railings, cap rails and general decorative work. It can be used for timbering and planking.

Color: bright orange red.

Weight: 55
Grain: straight.
Figure: very little to no pattern from grain. Color range is from a light lemon yellow to a sulfur yellow.
Texture: is medium and uniform.
Properties: are hard, heavy and dense. The wood cuts and machines well. Finishes to a smooth lustrous surface. A little difficult to carve with a knife.
Use: main use is for hull framing and timbering. Also used for trim, moldings and fittings. Suitable for masts and spars.

Color: burnt orange color.

Weight: 48
Grain: straight to irregular.
Figure: Peroba takes in a large group of timbers which range in color from a light creamy yellow to vibrant pink. Peroba Rosa has a marble appearance of yellows, pinks and streaks of light purple.
Texture: slightly on the brittle side, it has a very hard, firm closed-grained texture.
Properties: A very strong wood, a bit difficult to work with using hand tools, but easy to cut and machine. Takes on a marble like polish, glues easily.
Use: main use is for framing and timbering, small fittings and turned items. Nice for trim work or accent planking.

Weight: 30
Grain: straight, sometimes with a slight wave.
Figure: heartwood has a greenish tint, sapwood is an even light yellow with an occasional streak of darker color.
Texture: moderately fine and uniform with a close tough texture.
Properties: easy to work and suitable for carving. Capable of a smooth surface but a non-lustrous finish. Stable and fairly strong.
Use: hull timbering and framing, deck beams and deck framing.

Color: an even royal purple. In time, turns to a darker purplish brown.

Weight: 34
Grain: straight.
Figure: the wood varies from an even reddish brown to variegated streaks of charcoal gray and dark brown. When cut into small timbering the figure is lost.
Texture: uniform and moderately fine, similar to soft Maple.
Properties: an all around excellent working wood. It takes a smooth lustrous surface. Machines and carves with good results. The wood is strong and can be cut down into delicate parts.
Use: a good wood for hull timbering, deck beams and framing. The wood makes nice decorative planking.

Weight: 32
Grain: straight.
Figure: is a creamy white with a pink tint. The grain pattern appears as narrow lines.
Texture: the wood is soft with a moderately fine to medium texture.
Properties: a tough strong wood, stable in use. When cut, the surface tends to be a bit fuzzy, but careful sanding will bring the surface to a smooth finish. The wood works well with both hand and power tools, sands easily.
Use: use for masting and spars. The wood can also be used for heavy timbering, bulkheads, structural members and framing.

Color: shades of maroons and browns.

Weight: 46
Grain: straight to sometimes wavy and/or irregular.
Figure: The wood has been steamed to produce an even pink color with little to no distinguishable figure however the wood will vary from board to board, from a very pale pink to a deep dusty rose.
Texture: the wood is remarkable for its extraordinary smoothness and evenness of texture.
Properties: excellent for carving, turning or milling. It can be cut with a sharp edge in any direction. Finishes to a polished surface. Pearwood can be stained black to resemble Ebony. Flexible and suited to bending.
Use: this is the classic wood of ship modeling and it is used for everything from the finest carvings and fittings to hull timbering.

Color: chocolate brown to a dark golden brown with deep brown streaks.

Weight: 38
Grain: normally straight and interlocked.
Figure: the wood has a wide range of figure, from an unusual flaky or lace pattern on quarter sawn wood to fine lines on flat sawn wood. Color is a pale whitish yellow to a light honey color. Heartwood has a slight brown to pink tint.
Properties: the wood will take extreme bending and retains its bent shape. Moderately hard, stiff and strong, will resist splitting. A stable wood in use. Machines to a highly lustrous surface.
Use: main use for this wood is hull framing, timbering, planking and bent members such as deck clamps and main wales. It also can used for trim work and deck furniture.

Color: very light cream color with bright thin streaks of pink or sometimes with a few colored streaks.

Weight: 45
Grain: varies from straight to all kind of wild figures. For model building straight is selected.
Figure: when freshly cut, the wood is purplish-brown turning to a chocolate brown with simple figuring of darker brown streaks. Sapwood is a light tan.
Texture: is uniform and moderately coarse.
Properties: a very nice working wood with power tools right down to a carving knife. Very stable and it will not shrink or expand once in use. For its weight, Walnut is exceptionally strong.
Use: decorative planking, carvings and moldings. Well suited for hull timbering and framing. American Black Walnut is in such high demand on the world lumber markets, and the timber has been so freely exploited, that supply is rapidly diminishing year by year.

Weight: 28
Grain: straight.
Figure: heartwood is a light reddish brown, sapwood is a light creamy pink color.
Texture: uniform and moderately fine.
Properties: light in weight but strong and shock resistant. Stable in use, resists splitting. The wood takes a smooth finish. An easy wood to work with using hand or power tools. Cricket bats and artificial limbs are made from this wood.
Use: solid hulls, masting, deck and hull planking. Suitable for timbering where a lot of hand cutting of joinery work is used.

Color: deep brown with streaks and variegations of black.


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