Aspen wood is closest to white in color and is soft but fairly strong. It is fine-grained, uniform in texture, and generally lacks a distinctive pattern. Closely related to Poplar, Aspen is a great all-purpose wood and good for beginner woodworkers.
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Surfacing: Planed smooth on two sides. Not sanded.
When lumber is cut at a lumber mill, the thickness is traditionally measured in quarters of an inch. For example, 4/4 equates to 1 inch and 8/4 equates to 2 inches thick.
When you order aspen lumber from us, it is surfaced on both sides (S2S), resulting in a loss of about 3/16 of an inch in thickness.
4/4 lumber will come surfaced to 13/16" thick, and 8/4 to 1 & 13/16".
After sanding or shaping, you should be left with about 3/4" workable material.
Looking for thinner material? See Project Ready wood.
S4S means the lumber will be surfaced on four sides—it is planed smooth on the top and bottom face with both edges trimmed straight and to size.
All S4S and S2S lumber is planed but not sanded. It will need sanding before a finish can be applied.
Looking for sanded, ready-to-go wood? See Project Ready wood.
All our Lumber is Select and Better (Sel&Btr) grade unless otherwise specified. Select and Better is the highest grade available.
Most pieces will be 83% to completely clear. Small peices are usually completely clear, while larger pieces might have small defects or a few sound knots.