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Nashville, TN 37207


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    FAQ's & Glossary

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We occasionally do! Please email us photos and dimensions of the wood you're interested in selling. Our Lumber & Supply team will get back to you.

    We do not offer refurbishing services. However, we will work on wood that has been purchased from our lumber store. Most of our custom projects have warranties, so we can also re-finish a past project if needed.

    We do not typically make outdoor furniture. However, you can browse our Lumber and Supply division for materials that will withstand the outdoor elements, such as Cedar, Cypress and African Mahogany.

    Yes! Check out our Lumber & Supply division to see what we have in stock.

    Sorry, but no, we do not do any demolition work. This goes for interior projects as well.

    We sell unique, reclaimed lumber and slabs, along with new ones. Come check out Nashville Lumber & Supply, our indoor lumber store, or visit our Lumber & Supply website.

    No appointment is needed! Our showroom and lumber store are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm.

    If the wood is in good condition, yes, we can! We call this our "Root-to-Table" program. We will need more information to provide a quote. Send photos, dimensions, and inspiration photos of what you'd like your project to look like.

    Yes. Nashville Lumber & Supply carries General Finishes, Rubio, Starbond, and Ecopoxy.

    Yes, we sell steel rod mantel brackets and "L"-shaped shelving brackets. Our mantel brackets come in 8" and 12" lengths.

    No, we do not make exterior doors.

    Yes. Please send us photos of your past work, and the piece you would like to sell with us on consignment.

    The Good Wood Process

    At Good Wood Nashville we produce luxury, hand-crafted furniture with an interactive relationship-driven process. We take pride in our detail-oriented approach to building bespoke furniture and building relationships with our clients.

    Custom Furniture

    Here are the steps to begin your custom project:

    Step One – Get In Touch

    Contact our Sales Team via phone, email, or in person to describe your idea. Our team will ask for details about your project such as; inspiration images, dimensions, wood species, timeline, and budget if applicable. You can also book an appointment to visit the Showroom and Lumber & Supply to discuss your project in person.

    Step Two – Let's talk Budget

    Our Sales Team will provide you with a "ballpark" estimate and general lead time based on the information provided. If the estimate is within your budget and all questions are answered, then we will finalize the estimate and proceed to the next steps.

    Step Three – Deposit & Design

    Once you approve the project, the approved estimate is converted to an invoice. A 50% deposit is required to place your project in our Wood Studio Pipeline. At this stage, the production timeline begins. Some - but not all - projects may call for a digital rendering/design. Designs are crafted in-house and are included in the approved estimate/invoice. Once you approve the design, millwork can begin.

    Step Four – Millwork Begins

    Our skilled craftsmen will bring your dream to life in our Wood Studio.

    Step Five – Wrap Up

    Upon final payment, our team will schedule pickup, delivery, or installation (if applicable) for your custom project.

    Glossary of Lumber Terms

    AIR DRIED (AD) Lumber that has been dried by exposure to air, usually in a yard, without artificial heat.

    BEAM Any framing member placed to support a load.

    BOARD FOOT (BD. FT. OR BF) The volume of a board 12" long, 12" wide, and 1" thick or the equivalent (144 cubic inches of wood).

    BURL A swirl or twist in the grain of the wood, which usually occurs near a knot, but is not a knot.

    CHECK A lengthwise separation of the wood that usually extends across the rings of annual growth and commonly results from stresses set up in wood during drying.

    CONDITIONING The exposure of a material to the influence of a prescribed atmosphere for a stipulated period or until a stipulated relation is reached between material and atmosphere. Also referred to as "acclimating."

    CUP A distortion of a board in which there is a deviation from a straight line across the width of a board.

    FIGURE The pattern produced in a wood surface by annual growth rings, rays, knots, deviation from regular grain, such as interlocked and wavy, and irregular coloration.

    GRAIN The direction, size, arrangement, appearance, or quality of the fibers in sawn wood.

    GRADE Term that defines the quality of the wood. The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) has set a standard grading scale. There are many criteria and restrictions, including the number of cuttings, size of cuttings, and size of lumber.

    GREEN Freshly sawn lumber, or lumber that has received no drying; unseasoned.

    HARDWOOD Any close-grained wood from deciduous trees. Generally, one of the botanical groups of trees that have broad leaves in contrast to the conifers or softwoods. The term has no reference to the actual hardness of the wood.

    HEARTWOOD The wood extending from the pith to the sapwood, the cells of which no longer participate in the life processes of the tree. Heartwood is generally darker than sapwood, but the two are not always clearly differentiated.

    JANKA HARDNESS A scale that measures the relative hardness of wood. The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444") into the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter (the diameter was chosen to produce a circle with an area of 100 square millimeters). In the United States, the measurement is in pounds-force. It is one of the best measures of the ability of a wood species to withstand denting and wear. It is also a good indicator of how hard a species is to saw or nail.

    KILN DRIED (KD) Lumber that has been dried in a kiln with the use of artificial heat; seasoned. Freshly cut green lumber may be sold green, air-dried, or dried in a kiln to accelerate the removal of the moisture in the wood. Drying wood in a kiln is an art to ensure that the wood dries evenly to retain its strength and aesthetic properties. Different species dry at different rates. Kiln-dried lumber commands a higher price than green or air-dried lumber.

    LINEAR FOOT (LF) System of measuring length.

    LUMBER Solid wood that has been sawn to a particular size. The product of the saw and planing mill is not further manufactured than by sawing, resawing, passing lengthwise through a standard planing machine, crosscutting to length, and matching.

    BOARDS Lumber that is nominally less than 2" thick and 2" or wider. Boards less than 6" wide are sometimes called strips.

    NOMINAL SIZE As applied to timber or lumber, the size by which it is known and sold in the market often differs from the actual size.

    ROUGH LUMBER Lumber that has not been dressed (surfaced) but which has been sawn, edged, and trimmed.

    SHIPLAPPED LUMBER Lumber that is edge-dressed to make a lapped joint.

    SURFACED LUMBER Lumber that is dressed by running it through a planer. Lumber that is Surfaced Four Sides (S4S) means that all four faces of the board have been dressed. Boards can also be Surfaced One Side (S1S) or Surfaced Two Sides (S2S).

    TIMBERS Lumber that is nominally 5" or more in the least dimensions. Timbers may be used as beams, stringers, posts, caps, sills, girders, etc.

    MILLWORK Building materials made of finished wood that have been specially manufactured.

    MINERAL STREAK An olive to greenish-black or brown discoloration.

    MOISTURE CONTENT (M.C.) The weight of water contained in wood expressed as a percentage of the weight of the oven-dry wood. Most hardwoods in the United States are produced to standards developed by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). No single moisture content, however, is specified for hardwoods because the uses are more specialized. The moisture content must be specified by the buyer and agreed to by the seller; a 10-12% moisture content specification is common.

    MOULDING A trim piece of millwork used either strictly for decoration or for both decoration and to finish a joint.

    OLD GROWTH A forest of mature or over-mature timber that is beyond its peak growing period.

    PIN KNOT A knot that does not exceed 1/8" in average diameter.

    PITH The small soft core occurring in the structural center of the log.

    PLAIN-SAWN Plain-sawn hardwood boards are produced by cutting tangentially to a tree's growth rings, creating the familiar "flame-shaped" or "cathedral" pattern. This method also produces the most lumber from each log, making plain-sawn lumber a cost-effective design choice.

    PLYWOOD Sheets of wood consisting of three or more sheets of wood glued and bonded by heat and pressure with the grain of each sheet running perpendicular to adjacent layers.

    PROFILE The shape of the wood, as seen from a side view.

    QUARTER-SAWN Quarter-sawing means cutting a log radially (90-degree angle) to the growth rings to produce a "vertical" and uniform pattern grain. This method yields fewer and narrower boards per log than plain sawing, boosting their cost significantly. Quarter-sawn boards are popular for decorative applications.

    RESAWING The process of sawing lumber in two lengthwise, parallel to the wide face. It is usually, though not always, done through the middle of the board, producing two equal-sized boards, each approximately half the thickness of the original. Resawing changes the thickness of the lumber but not its width.

    RIPPING The process of sawing lumber in two lengthwise perpendicular to the wide face. Ripping changes the width of the lumber but not its thickness.

    SAPWOOD The living wood of pale color near the outside of the log.

    SEASONING Removing moisture from green wood to improve its serviceability.

    SHRINKAGE The contraction of wood fibers caused by drying below the fiber saturation point (usually around 25-27% M.C.). Values are expressed as a percentage of the dimension of the wood when green.

    SOFTWOOD Any soft, light-textured wood of a coniferous tree.

    SPECIES A commercial name assigned to a tree.

    SPLIT A lengthwise separation of the wood, due to the tearing apart of wood cells.

    TONGUE-AND-GROOVE (T&G) A method of fitting similar pieces of wood together, edge to edge, used mainly with flooring and paneling. Each piece has a slot (the groove) cut all along one edge, and a thin, deep ridge (the tongue) on the opposite edge. The tongue projects a little less than the groove is deep. The tongue is inserted into the groove and thus the two pieces fit together closely.

    VENEER Thin sheets of wood of a specified thickness that are peeled, sliced, or sawn from logs for use in plywood, paneling, and furniture.

    WARP Warp is any variation from a true or plane surface. Warp includes bow, crook, cup, and twist, or any combination thereof.

    WEATHERING The mechanical or chemical disintegration and discoloration of the surface of wood caused by exposure to light, the action of dust and sand carried by winds, and the alternate shrinking and swelling of the surface fibers with the continual variation in moisture content brought by changes in the weather. Weathering does not include decay.

    WOOD FLOORING Most wood flooring is made of hardwoods, such as oak, maple, and pecan, as well as many other exotic imported species. Wood flooring can come in many sizes and varieties, including pre-finished or unfinished.

    YIELD The proportion of the log converted into lumber.

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