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with Luke Goodhue
Online Class

Milling Lumber: From Rough to Ready

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Elevate your next woodworking project with lumber you can proudly say you milled yourself! Carpenter and professional instructor Luke Goodhue is your guide as you get to know your wood and learn techniques for working with, across or against the grain. Luke breaks down everything you need to know before you head to the lumberyard, including what kind of wood to select, saw essentials and lumber lingo. Moving on, find out how to identify common defects in your wood and get techniques for roughing out and storing your selected wood. Then, become comfortable using a jointer, use your body correctly and get tips to avoid tear out. Next, learn how to use a planer, work with wood of various thicknesses and plane legs! Finally, Luke will demonstrate how to safely work with a table saw to complete the milling process. Plus, learn how to tip-cut parallel edges, cross-cut ends and even use a cross-cut sled for stunning results.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h32m

Included in this Class

1. Know Your Wood

1. Know Your Wood

Meet your instructor, furniture maker and professional woodworking instructor Luke Goodhue, as he introduces you to the basics of wood. Discover how wood is formed and gain an understanding of how working with, against and across grain affects your lumber.

2. Before Heading to the Lumberyard

2. Before Heading to the Lumberyard

Learn how to create a "story stick," a thin plank of wood that has all of your project's measurements on it, and be sure to get exactly what you need at the lumberyard. Then explore the woods commonly available at lumberyards and get Luke's tips for what wood is best for beginning millers. Then, gets clued into lumberyard lingo so you know what to ask for and how to ask for it. Finally, see the different ways lumber is cut to create the wide variety of boards available at the lumberyard.

3. Navigating the Lumberyard

3. Navigating the Lumberyard

Travel along with Luke to the lumberyard as he shows you how to pick out the perfect board for your project, making sure you don't buy too much or too little. Discover what to look for in a board and what to avoid. Then, pick up invaluable tips for roughing out your project's needs, as you make initial cuts using a circular saw and a jigsaw.