On Sale! $180 OFF the Makita 3.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7 Piece Combo Kit

On Sale for $499.99 thru 11/24! That’s $180 OFF the retail price! 

Perfect for the serious DIYer or remodeling contractor, come in now and treat yourself to an awesome 7 piece combo kit from Makita. But hurry. We have limited supplies and when they’re gone…they’re gone.

The XT706 includes

  • ½” Hammer driver-drill with 480 in. lbs. of max torque
  • Powerful impact driver with a full 1,460 in. lbs. of max torque
  • 6-1/2” circular saw with 2-1/4″ cutting capacity
  • Recipro saw with a refined crank mechanism that delivers faster blade speed and longer stroke length for more efficient cutting
  • 4-1/2” angle grinder with an efficient brushless motor for corded grinding performance without the cord
  • Cordless blower with a full 179 mph of air velocity
  • Rechargeable flashlight with a high-illumination Xenon bulb
  • Two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah batteries
  • Efficient Rapid optimum charger
  • Tool bag

It’s part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion system, the world’s largest cordless tool system powered by 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries. Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger. For improved tool performance and extended battery life, Makita created Star protection Computer controls. Star protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool can also be powered by Makita 18V LXT and compact Lithium-Ion batteries with the Star symbol on the battery indicating Star protection inside.

Making the Grade in Lumber Quality

Selecting the right piece of framing lumber for your project does not have to be as complex as the grading rules. This guide to the grades of lumber, is meant to help you get past the uncertainty by giving you the knowledge of what the grades allow and how to achieve an apple to apple comparison of what you see.

In the Pacific Northwest, our common framing lumber species are:

Every species has different characteristics for strength and appearance, but they are all graded on the same rules from the American Lumber Standards Committee.  The grades, for all that they do, are not much more than a way of telling the user what kind of quality they are buying.

The higher the grade, the better the lumber.

Before going into the Lumber Grading Standards chart to understand grades we need to understand each defect presented;

Checking – A crack in the board that happens along the growth rings and does not go through the entire board.

Grain – Determined by the number of growth rings in the board.  Typically measured in rings per inch and is viewed from the end grain of the board.

Knots – A naturally occurring defect in the board caused by branches as the tree grows.  Small tight knots are perfectly fine but large loose knots that may fall out are of greater concern.

Pitch or Sap – How trees heal wounds from pruning or fight off other diseases that could be otherwise harmful to a healthy tree.

Pitch Pockets – Places in the board where the tree has grown around the sap enclosing the wound.  These pockets coupled with the tight bark layer can be found in the wide face of a board and are not the same as edge wane.

Shake – The separation of woods growth rings that occurs either on the face of the wood or below the surface.

Skips – A manufacturing defect where planners and saws “bounce” along a board or pull the grain, causing an uneven surface to be presented.

Grain Slope – A measurement of the deviation from the natural growth of the board.  Simply put, it is the board cut parallel to the grain or across it.

Splits – Cracks in the wood that go all the way through the board.

Stains or Discolorations – Can be caused by insects, fungal decay, or heartwood/sapwood.  Some stains have no effect on the performance of the wood, while others limit the strength of the wood. This is because they come from the fast-growing center of the tree.

Wane -The uneven edge of the tree that used to contain the bark of the tree before it was milled.

Warp – In a board is the deviation from straight and true and is called by many different names.

  • A bow in the board is the end to end change on the wide face. This looks like the bottom of a boat.

  • A crook in the board is the warping that happens along the narrow edge. This looks like a hockey stick.

  • A cup in the board is when the wide face curves with the flat grain creating a hollow in the board. This looks like a canoe.

  • A twist in the board is a combination of multiple warping defects. This often looks like a boomerang or an airplane propeller.

Clear wood requirement is the amount of good wood left after all the defects have been removed from the clean faces of the wood.

The chart below shows the seven grades of framing lumber and the allowable deviation from a perfect piece of lumber.

Lumber Grade Stamps

The final piece of the lumber puzzle is the ability to look at a grade stamp to understand what it is telling you.   All stamps on lumber tell us the exact same information; (a) the grading agency, (b) the mill designation, (c) the approved grade, (d) the wood species group, (e) the moisture content.

Common Application

In most jurisdictions, the building code requires #2 Structural, commonly referred to as #2 & Better. This is why it is found at most lumber yards and home centers in your area.  Lumber yards will differ on the primary species family they carry.  One yard might sell Douglas Fir for the strength characteristics while another chooses Western Hemlock because it is cheaper while still meeting the same building codes.

In many commercial uses, select structural lumber is required because of the strength of the wood fiber.  Typically, these are applications with very high point loads due to the increased capacity of the structure itself for storage or for people. Most residential construction that is done with Select Structural lumber is done because the builder and the homeowner prefer the quality of the fiber.

The lesser grades of lumber are often used where structural codes do not matter in industrial or temporary applications.  These can be things like pallets and packaging for shipment or concrete footing work where one good face will usually be adequate.

Whatever lumber you choose, knowing the grade will help you determine if it is right for your project.  Grading used in conjunction with the design tables will help make sure that your project lasts for as long as you want it to.

For more information on the framing lumber grading rules, please visit the following sources;

 

Kelly Fox – CEO

Lumber Traders Inc.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. Inc.
Hartnagel Building Supply

FastenMaster In-Store Video Demos

In case you missed Mikhail from FastenMaster at Hartnagels, here’s two quick video demos on traditional lag bolts vs. FastenMaster LedgerLok and another on their HB220 Pro Adhesive Fastener or as he describes it, “a glue gun on steroids”!

Traditional lag bolts vs. FastenMaster LedgerLok

HB220 Pro Adhesive Fastener

Using Krylon’s New Sea Glass Paint

One of the greatest new DIY spray paints around is Krylon’s Sea Glass Spray Paint.  It’s not only easy to use but the amount of projects that can be created is endless!  Krylon Sea Glass spray paint will give any clear glass surface a refined, beach-inspired look while having excellent adhesion and durability. The finish after application will look as if your glass was tumbled smooth and matte by the seas waves.

Revamping vases bought at Goodwill and simply painting them is a great start and a perfect way to learn how to use the paint with little investment, but we aren’t happy with just painting a vase.  We have found a bunch of alternative ways online to use the paint and for you to add our own personal touches.

Check out the different projects below, find what intrigues you and drop on by one of our stores to pick up some Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint.

Nautical Ornament

Frosted Glass Picture Frame

 

Painting Camouflage with Krylon Spray Paint

Don’t get spotted in the wild!  Just in time to prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons we have Krylon Camouflage Paint made with Fusion for Plastic® Technology that can assist you in staying out of sight and achieving your the best shot possible.

Available at both stores in 4 colors (Camo Green, Camo Khaki, Camo Brown and Camo Black) and @ $6.78 a spray can.

Camouflage is all about gaining an advantage over the target by blending into the environment, giving you the greatest advantage at being successful.  There are countless patterns of camouflage meant to blend into your terrain and vegetation but stick to mimicking the environment you’re hunting in.  It doesn’t make much sense to use camouflage on clothing and equipment but leave out  your gun.

Below is an easy way to accomplish a custom camouflaged gun for any terrain.

You can paint camouflage using the instructions on the video below from the YouTube channel InnerBark Outdoors to paint coolers, vehicles, firearms, and more! Want to know more about InnerBark Outdoors? Visit their website HERE and follow them on social media!

Camouflage Painting Tips

  • The best way to camouflage an object is to match it to the surroundings in which it will be located
  • Use colors in the same family that work well together
  • Start painting with the lightest color and move to the darkest color
  • Look to nature and use local tree leaves, ferns and branches as your stencils
  • Take your time. Let coats fully dry! Since there is a lot of overlapping, small mistakes won’t show
  • As with any spray paint, use several light coats instead of one heavy coat
  • Always read the directions before applying the spray paint

A Happy Customer

Nothing makes a retailer happier than knowing that your customers are so pleased that they take the effort to contact you and share their experience.  We received this one from Paul in Port Angeles.

“I recently completed a potting shed for my wife and wanted to share it with you. I started in September and finished last week — the winter weather wasn’t very cooperative. About 97% of the materials came from Angeles Millworks, whose entire staff was very helpful and encouraging throughout the project.  They’re great folks — please share that sentiment with them. I remain a very happy customer, and my wife is  happy, too!”Cheers, Paul

We encourage you to contact us if you have a project you have worked on or an experience you would like to share with us, good or bad. We love customer feedback!

Please email Kelly Fox at kellyf@lumbertradersinc.com or Josh Bergesen at joshb@lumbertradersinc.com

The Complete Interior Painting Guide

painterNo doubt the rain has arrived in the Northwest moving us from projects outside to the indoors.  Get a jump start on a fresh new look just in time for the holiday gatherings and family time spent indoors.

Interior painting is the fastest way to change your living space and with some insider tips, the easiest.  Once completed it will transform your living space.  Most homeowners can paint rooms with a little guidance, a bit of patience, and practice.  We hope that the links below can provide you with a road map to a successfully painting a room within your home.

Just stop by Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co or Hartnagel Building Supply and either of our paint specialists, Denise or Coy would be happy to show you new color trends, pro tricks of the trade and whole room design options.

plWhich Paint?

Lets start first with what kind of paint you’ll need for certain areas of the home.  Pratt and Lambert offers a variety of premium interior paints that promise beautiful results for any style, any budget – and every home.

Interior paint selector for Pratt and Lambert.

swatches2Which Color?

We all have our specific color tastes. How different colors interact can be difficult to predict and have a large affect on emotion. Sometimes the best way to start is with something you and your family have a positive attachment to. Compare artwork that you like, the colors in a throw pillow or rug or some of the colors you already have in your home.  These can all be great starting points for your color search. Choosing color is often the toughest part of painting and is often a process of elimanation through obtaining paint swatches and painting small sections of wall for comparisons. Click below for the top tips on choosing interior paint colors.

How to choose interior paint colors.

brushesWhich Brush/Roller?

The outcome of most jobs are as good as the tools you choose.  Picking the right brush and roller is as important as the right paint and a small investment can be the difference between good and great.  Bunnings Warehouse has a great general post on how to select the right paint brushes and rollers and Wooster has a great “Brush & Roller Advisor” to help in choosing the right brush for the job.

How to select the right brush and roller.

Wooster Brush Advisor.
Wooster Roller Advisor.

paint-accesoriesWhat accessories will I need?

Having the right supportive cast of tools to do the job will save you time and make your paint job look like a professional came in and did it. 90% of a great paint job is prep.  Here’s a short list of items need along with you paint, brushes and rollers.  Be sure when purchasing your painting supplies that you take full advantage of our paint specialists.  They have countless years in the industry and are there to help in making your painting project come out great!

Masking Tape – creates smooth lines and protects between walls, ceiling, baseboards and flooring.

Drop cloth – plastic or canvas to protect flooring and furniture.

Bucket and grid –  it will keep you painting instead of constantly refilling a roller tray.

Gloves – keep those hands clean!

Rags – for the inevitable drip and splatter.  It’s easier to clean wet paint than dried!

How to paint your interior space.

You’re all prepared and ready.  Time to put the brush to wall!  This Old House has a great page devoted to proper paint application to an interior space.

How to paint a room.