Rough Sawn Lumber

Rough Sawn refers to the texture of the surface of a particular piece of lumber. Lumber that is rough sawn is rough to the touch and carries a rustic look to it. It can vary slightly in overall dimensions as well as it is generally more expensive than other lumber because it comes from the mill & then has to be resurfaced by a machine, chainsaw or by hand to become rough sawn.This can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the most common uses for this type of Lumber are Barn stalls, Board & Batten Siding, Trailers & Trailer flooring, Barn Timbers, Fencing & Work Benches. Rough Sawn Lumber is slightly larger than finished lumber, this is because of the shrinkage associated with planning & drying; it is cut rough & large to leave room to plane the lumber to smooth it and to allow it to shrink as it dries. There are many different types of lumber that can be sold as rough sawn wood, including both hard & soft woods, as well as it is available in a variety of sizes. You will find that it is easier to stain as it will soak in the stain quicker and easier making it less likely that you will have to wipe off the excess stain after you have finished.

Make sure you are aware of what you are purchasing because most lumber yards are very careful about labeling their products so that people understand what kind of wood they are buying. It will be kept separate most of the time from finished or partially finished lumber. Make sure you are questioning what type of tree species it comes from so you are guaranteed what you are wanting.