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Circle Cut Slabs from the Lumber Shack: A Cut Above
Posted in circle cut slabs at 1:58 PM on April 29, 2014

When it comes to wood, why settle for the ordinary?

circle cut slabsDistinctive, natural, and attractive, The Lumber Shack’s large selection of circle cut slabs is a great way to showcase beautiful wood.  These raw and rustic slabs are cross sections of tree trunks providing the perfectly natural round cut of a treeKnown by many names—including tree rounds, log slices, round plaques, round cut, taxidermy rounds—The Lumber Shack’s cut slabs are so unique that they’ll serve as conversation starters.  Many slabs are surrounded by live; other slabs have the natural edge underneath the bark, with the bark still intact in all or some areas of the live edge for an even more natural feel. 

Our tree slices are perfect for building beautiful furniture pieces like dining room and coffee tables. You can view some of the handiwork and projects submitted by our valued customers. 

  Wood Circle Cut Slab Project Ideas 

Circle Cut SlabsCircle cut slabs are also ideal for mounting clocks and game and for one-of-a-kind craft projects including platters, candle holders, cutting boards, photo frames or ornaments. Check out some additional crafty solutions on Pinterest. The Lumber Shack is pleased to offer a wide selection of beautiful hardwood lumber. We particularly recommend our stunning Black Walnut slabs for your next project. In addition, you’ll appreciate the rustic patterns and character found in our Spalted Ambrosia Maple and Red Flame Box Elder woods. You’ll love the red, green and blue hues in our box elder slabs. 

The experts at the Lumber Shack will help you select the perfect cut slabs. We slice each log to highlight and accentuate the unique look and properties of each piece of wood.

We offer many different thicknesses, depending on the specifications of your project. Our slabs begin as thin as 3/4" thick and range up to nearly 5” thick. On our site, you can easily shop and sort by wood type, width, price and wood characteristics.

If you have any questions, call the friendly professionals at Lumber Shack at 515-832-8733.

Beautiful Bookmatched Wood Slabs that Are Affordable
Posted in Bookmatched slabs at 2:21 PM on April 25, 2014

Bookmatching: You’ve Met Your Match

Like snowflakes, no two pieces of wood are exactly alike. And you never know what you’ll find inside a piece of wood until you actually open it.

What is bookmatched lumber?

bookmatched wood slabsLike the look of an open book, bookmatching is the process of matching two wood surfaces. The trick is to find and reveal perfectly matched—or mirrored—patterns on each piece.


Carpenters and woodworkers often use bookmatching for higher-end furniture projects or for crafting beautiful wooden musical instruments like violins and guitars. Luxury car makers may also use bookmatching for their interior work.


To create bookmatched lumber pieces, you’ll need the right wood slab, a good saw, a good eye, and some patience and technique. When you open up a new piece of wood, you’ll be astounded at the variety of grains and patterns. Wood grains may range from delicate to dramatic and may include tiger striping, quilting, or bird’s eye markings.


No matter what project you have in mind, the wood experts at The Lumber Shack can help you find the perfect slab. We’re a family owned and operated business and are passionate about providing high-quality lumber and delivering superior customer service.

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Our experienced sawyers hand select every piece of lumber we sell. We like to provide natural and untouched slabs so that the sky’s the limit when you create your own wooden masterpieces.


At the Lumber Shack, we specialize in black walnut and spalted maple slabs, so we always recommend those pieces for bookmatching. But a quick visit to our website will show a wide variety of wood types, price points, sizes and wood characteristics.


We have more than 800 bookmatched slabs on sale right now, but our selection grows every day. You can choose slabs ranging in price from under $25 up to $300 and more.


With our easy-to-navigate site and our simple drop-down sorting menus, we make it a snap to select and sort by wood type and dimensions too. Any log can be bookmatched, but it takes a special eye and skill set to find the perfect logs as well as keep the flitches in order to be able to offer them as a log set.  Some of the types of woods we have available in bookmatched stock include:  Ash, Boxelder, Cedar, Hackberry, Maple, Oak, Walnut.

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Once you find a piece that interests you, click on the details button below the picture. For each specific piece of wood, you’ll find high-resolution pictures and incredibly detailed information ranging from width to length, color to characteristics, and live edges to imperfections. You can trust The Lumber Shack to provide all the information you need to select the perfect bookmatched slab.  


We’d love to help with your next project. Check out our photo gallery for inspirational pieces. Contact us through our online form, by calling 515-832-8733, or by connecting with us on Facebook.


Happy building and happy bookmatching!

4 AMAZING Black Walnut Wood Project Creations That Will Inspire You
Posted in black walnut slabs at 4:37 PM on March 26, 2014

Inspirational Black Walnut Wood Projects

Beautiful and with rich and varied grain patterns, black walnut wood is a favorite material for many woodworkers and craftsmen. You’ll find plenty of high-quality black walnut slab pieces at The Lumber Shack. We can help you select the ideal piece of lumber for your next project. 

Before beginning any walnut project, make sure you know how to properly finish the wood for the finished look you want. We can help answer your questions at The Lumber Shack. If you wish to properly draw out the wood grain of black walnut, you may wish to hand sand the wood.

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Using a great deal of care and creativity, Luthur Utt, Apex, NC, created the attractive and rustic living room table pictured above. He was drawn to the walnut’s patterns of burl, feather and fiddleback. To finish the table, Utt said he went all the way to a 2000 grit sanding disk and then used several coats of neutral finish to enhance the beauty of the slab. You may also use a grain filler to lift up the pattern of the grain. In lieu of the main table, Utt said he could picture this piece as a foyer table or placed in front of a window to better show off its lustrous grain.


Angela Himmelberg of Omaha, Nebraska created this stunning black walnut slabsblack walnut Nakashima style bench using a black walnut she purchased at the Lumber Shack. George Nakashima is an American woodworker who believes that each tree has but one perfect use and its our creativity that brings wood alive. Himmelberg's bench is proof of this simplistic and direct approach to woodworking.


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However, if you wish to create something a bit more practical, something a bit more utilitarian, consider using black walnut to create a beautiful bedside table. Take a look at this highly figured small dresser created by Peter Christianson of Castle Rock, Colorado. The grain and the finish is so fine, so precise, the pattern seems to swirl before your eyes and the wood appears to be in motion.


Finally, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with black walnut. walnut gameThough furniture pieces are certainly beautiful, consider crafting a beanbag game for your children, grandchildren or the neighbor kids....or in this case, Jon Richardson, Cedar Falls, Iowa made these attractive game pieces to give to his dad on Father's Day using black walnut and maple lumber from the Lumber Shack.


We value hard work and craftsmanship at The Lumber Shack. We’re always happy to see pictures of finished projects from our loyal customers. Please send us your photos so we can share them with others. Our Facebook fans LOVE to get inspired by all the projects people use our black walnut for!