We build what you imagine
Want to add that personal touch to your next home project? Northern Millworks is the perfect solution. This service is offered at both of our store locations and lets you work directly with a woodworking professional. Bring in your plans and we can help you create custom doors, shelving, and more. We even repair screens, custom cut wood and make picture frames.
Framing & Dimensional
The most common grade for framing and dimensional lumber is #2 SPF (Spruce Pine Fir). Within that grade, there’s a fairly large allowance for knots and bark. We buy premium SPF from our mills. It’s not a recognized grade, but an additional visual inspection. Experience has taught us which mills deliver true premium lumber. Trusses and support lumber are stocked in fir – because it’s better structurally.
2×4 and 2×6: #2 or better premium SPF
Fir Trusses: #2 or better “select structural”
Fir Support lumber 2×8, 2×10, 2×12
The Cut Matters
We discuss nominal vs. actual sizes in Lumber Basics. But let’s talk length. Because the big box store lumber can vary we purchase Precision End Trim lumber. Save time and frustration laying out your project by having lumber you don’t have to cut to a standard length.
Precision-End Trimmed (PET)
This lumber is both trimmed square, and to a tighter manufacturing tolerance (+/- 1/16″ in no more than 20% of the pieces) for length.
PET Sizes You’ll Find
Save frustration in your 2×4 and 2×6 lumber in the following sizes:
92-5/8” (ideal for framing interior walls with the top plate, etc.)
96″ (yes, it’s really 8-foot)
104-5/8″ (ideal for framing 9-foot ceiling interior walls)