Project Panels

Is plywood insect (termite) resistant?

Great question! Unless you choose pressure-treated panels, Dimensions project panels are not insect resistant. However, for indoor use, most wood products aren’t likely to become infested with insect or termites. Avoid the risk by using common household insect control measures. (A pet gecko perhaps?)

What is MDF?

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is an engineered wood product made from a mixture of hardwood and softwood fibers glued together with strong resin. These ingredients are then pressed into a sheet at whatever thickness is desired. The benefits of MDF are its smooth surface, density and durability, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of DIY projects from décor and crafts to cabinetry and repairs.

What is Particleboard?

Particleboard is another engineered wood product made from a combination of wood chips, sawmill shavings and sawdust glued together by resin or other types of binders. These components are pressed together and extruded as a sheet. Particleboard is an inexpensive material ideal for many projects, including edgy décor accents, furniture, cabinets, flooring, roofing and insulation. And don’t underestimate its sound-deadening properties. In certain minimalist, contemporary or urban applications, particleboard can look fantastic unfinished, but when paired with veneers, it offers a high-end look at an affordable price.

What is OSB?

OSB (Oriented Strand Board) is produced by laying strands of resin-soaked wood in layers that are then extruded as a sheet and cut to size. The specific orientation of the strands produces a strength similar to plywood. OSB is most commonly used in new construction for walls, roof sheathing and subflooring applications, but like particleboard, in certain applications, OSB can look fantastic unfinished or laminated for great-looking results.

What is a veneer core?

A veneer core is constructed by stacking layers of plies created from the wood of any number of species. The veneer plies are laid in alternating cross-band patterns for stability and strength. Any decorative thin face veneer can then be applied to the front and back of the panel. Compared to MDF and particleboard, a veneer core offers exceptional strength, weight and screw-holding advantages.

Are all panels the same color?

No, each panel is made from species and trees with their own characteristics and grains. However, the color of a species is relatively consistent, though not uniform. Therefore, if possible, we suggest that you hand select your panels to ensure color consistency in cases where that’s important to your overall satisfaction with your finished project.

What is sande plywood?

Often confused as a spelling error of the word “sanded,” sande plywood comes from the Sande (Brosimum utile) tree, native to tropical regions in the Americas.

Are project panels waterproof?

Any plywood that isn't treated or marine grade is going to be inadequate for long-term use outdoors. That being said, birch, sande, underlayment, OSB and BCX are commonly used in covered or moderately protected outside applications. We advise that you avoid using MDF, pegboard, chalkboard, markerboard and hardboard outdoors, however, as they all absorb moisture quickly, expand, and ruin your weekend.

Craft

Is plywood insect (termite) resistant?

Great question! Unless you choose pressure-treated Project Wood, Dimensions panels are not insect resistant. However, for indoor use, most wood products aren’t likely to become infested with insect or termites. Avoid the risk by using common household insect control measures. For example, a pet gecko perhaps?

What is MDF?

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is an engineered wood product made from a mixture of hardwood and softwood fibers glued together with strong resin. These ingredients are then pressed into a sheet at whatever thickness is desired. The benefits of MDF are its smooth surface, density and durability, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of DIY projects from décor and crafts to cabinetry and repairs.

What is a veneer core?

A veneer core is constructed by stacking layers of plies created from the wood of any number of species. The veneer plies are laid in alternating cross-band patterns for stability and strength. Any decorative thin face veneer can then be applied to the front and back of the panel. Compared to MDF and particleboard, a veneer core offers exceptional strength, weight and screw-holding advantages.

Is project wood waterproof?

Any plywood that isn't treated or marine grade is going to be inadequate for long-term use outdoors. That being said, birch, sande, underlayment, OSB and BCX are commonly used in covered or moderately protected outside spaces. We advise you to avoid using MDF, pegboard, chalkboard, markerboard and hardboard outdoors, however, as they all absorb moisture quickly, expand and ruin your weekend.

Which project wood is best for painting?

The best project wood for paint projects are birch plywood, BC pine plywood, hardwood plywood, MDF, corkboard and wood pegboard. For birch, BC pine and hardwood plywood, as well as MDF, we recommend applying primer prior to painting. You may also want to sand birch, BC pine and hardwood plywood in advance of priming and painting.

Which project wood is best for staining?

The best project wood for staining is birch plywood, BC pine plywood and hardwood plywood. You may also want to sand these in advance.

How do I know which glue is best for which project wood?

Did you even know there were different types of glue? Wood glue, also known as PVA glue, is best for birch plywood, BC pine plywood, hardwood plywood, MDF and corkboard. For hardboard, chalkboard, markerboard and pegboard, we recommend polyurethane glue.

What are some of the most popular projects made from project boards?

Great question! Create your own custom frames, explore a wide variety of home décor, craft and hobby projects, make DIY wall art, personalize homemade gifts, make decorative signs, shelves and storage/organizational solutions, even accent walls! They’re also ideal for school and scouting projects, DIY weddings and events, family projects, ladies' craft night in and birthday party activities.

Are all project boards the same color?

No, each project board is unique to its particular species and to each particular tree, so color will vary from board to board and lot to lot.

Are project boards waterproof?

We advise you to avoid using project boards outdoors. However, if you really must, we recommend coating your project with a few layers of weather-resistant wood sealer.

Which project boards are best for painting?

The best project boards for paint projects are the natural rustic project boards. We recommend applying primer prior to, and you should anticipate applying at least two coats of your favorite paint. Then, if using for furniture or in high-traffic areas, a quality polyurethane sealer is recommended

Which project boards are best for staining?

The best Project Boards for stain projects are either our natural rustic project boards or our Natural charred project boards. Plan on multiple coats for the Rustic, and you may want to give the natural charred boards a very light sanding in advance of applying the stain. Then, if using for furniture or in high-traffic areas, a quality polyurethane sealer is recommended.

How do I know which glue is best for which project boards?

Did you even know there were different types of glue? There are! And wood glue, also known as PVA glue, is best for our charred project boards. However, due to the rough sawn, textured nature of our rustic project boards, we recommend skipping the glue and sticking with fasteners such as screws or nails.

Are project boards insect (termite) resistant?

For indoor use, most wood products aren’t likely to become infested with insects or termites, so for that reason, we do not pressure treat our project boards. However, if there is a concern, avoid the risk by using common household insect control measures. A pet gecko perhaps?

Do project boards need to acclimatize before use?

All our project boards are kiln-dried during manufacturing to minimize warp and shrinkage and add stability. That said, there may still be environmental factors extreme enough that giving your project boards a few days to acclimate is a good idea.

Do all the reclaimed pallet boards in a pack look the same?

Within a single pack of Dimensions reclaimed pallet boards, there may be any number of aesthetic variations, such as species, color, grain pattern, number of knots, nail holes, mortise holes and precise dimension. However, there will be no greater than ¼” variation between boards within a single pack. This mixed offering guarantees each project will be characterized by its own fun and unique personality.

Are all the reclaimed pallet boards the same color?

Board colors vary naturally by species, but also may vary in color, staining and other characteristics. These variations are often determined by each board’s original use during its life as a pallet.

Are all the reclaimed pallet boards the same size?

The precise dimensions may vary by as much as a 1/4" or so, but each pack is hand selected to include generally like-sized boards.

Will I need to be careful when handling reclaimed pallet boards to avoid splinters or exposed fasteners?

You should always use care when handling any wood products, however, all fasteners are clipped for a smoother texture and our boards are sanded to minimize rough surfaces and imperfections.

Are these reclaimed pallet boards VOC-free?

Yes. At the time of this writing, Dimensions reclaimed pallet boards are the only brand of pallet wood on the market that’s VOC- and heavy metal-free – unlike a majority of other salvaged pallet boards available for purchase. Our boards are rigorously inspected for mold and insect damage, as well as scanned by a handheld detector for hazardous VOCs (chemicals). They are also run through an XRF scanner to detect any heavy metals such as Arsenic and Cadmium. These stringent testing protocols are in place to ensure that your pallet board projects are as safe for your health as they are enjoyable to make and use.

Will the reclaimed pallet boards arrive ready to use?

Yes, our pallet wood comes unassembled, clean, dry and sanded. Cut the bundles loose and off you go!

What are some ways to use reclaimed pallet boards?

In our opinion, anywhere and everywhere! Indoors and out, on walls and ceilings, in the creation of décor accents and wall art, for headboards and furniture … truly wherever your imagination takes you.

What are some helpful tips or suggestions with reclaimed pallet boards?

For ceiling applications, in addition to the fasteners of your choice (nails or screws), construction adhesive is recommended. As well, if your pallet boards are going to be outdoors in a non-weather-protected area, the use of a sealant will keep your project looking great much, much longer.

How do I calculate how many bundles of reclaimed pallet boards will my project require?

Multiply the length of the surface you wish to cover (in feet) by the height of the area you wish to cover (in feet) to calculate the square footage. For example, a 3-foot wide by 10-foot tall area is 30 square ft., so you would need three of our 10-sq.ft. packs. Each of our available bundles covers approximately 10 square feet with the exception of the 1” x 4” x 24" 6-pack. That bundle covers approximately 4 square feet. However, always remember to have extra boards on hand to accommodate any surprises and for the greatest variety of boards to choose from.

Do these reclaimed pallet boards originate from pallets that were sustainably sourced?

Indeed. Dimensions reclaimed pallet boards are both domestically and sustainably sourced.

Lattice Screens

Why choose wood lattice over plastic lattice?

Wood lattice is very cost effective. In addition to it being all natural, it is very easy to cut, bend and work with.

Can Dimensions wood lattice be installed lying flat?

Yes, Dimensions wood lattice can be installed lying flat. It can be installed in areas such as overhead panels on an arbor or pergola, but should be attached to a self-supporting structure or frame. Please refer to:

Wood Lattice Installation Best Practices and How-Tos

for more information.

What tools are most helpful for wood lattice projects?

  • Power saw or fine-toothed handsaw
  • Fine-toothed keyhole saw or power saber saw for curved and angled cuts
  • Drill
  • 1-5/8” galvanized screws
  • Small screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Snap chalk line

Do I need a building permit for a lattice project?

Most likely not, but it’s always best to check your local building codes and/or homeowner association regulations to determine if you need one or not.

What are the most important installation tips to follow when it comes to wood lattice?

  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves
  • Lattice must be attached to a self-supporting structure or frame
  • Connect multiple panels using H-channel divider mouldings
  • If desired, frame raw edges using C-channel cap mouldings
  • Use rustproof or rust-resistant fasteners to maintain the beauty of your project long-term

What are some important preparation steps prior to installation of wood lattice?

Carefully measure your project dimensions, especially the width. Plan your supports and framing to fit the dimensions of your lattice panels.

If you plan to use H-channel divider moulding and C-channel cap moulding, the overall width and height of each panel will increase. Be sure to allow for this. When determining how much C-channel cap moulding is needed to frame your project, plan approximately 1” extra at each miter joint.

Check the lattice installation area for square by measuring diagonally from the four outside corners. If the two measurements are the same, the area is square. If the area is not square, be prepared to make custom cuts to accommodate. 

Double-check all panel measurements and project dimensions before cutting.

What are the safest and best ways to ensure accurate cuts? of wood lattice

To ensure clean, safe cuts, provide support to the panel along both sides using sawhorses or a worktable. Near the end of each cut, secure the panel firmly. It’s recommended that a second person help hold the panel in place. Ensure that all people involved wear safety glasses and gloves.

Check the direction of the lath on both sides of each panel. Plan for the lath on the front-facing sides to all run in the same direction.

To reduce splintering, when using a sharp, fine-toothed hard saw or reciprocating saw, ensure the front-facing side of the panel is facing UP. When using a rotary saw, ensure the front-facing side of the panel is facing DOWN. 

For the most accurate cuts, snap the lattice with a chalk line.

A carbide-tipped saw blade should be used if cutting through staples. If you’re not using a carbide-tipped blade, use a small screwdriver to carefully remove all staples in your cut line before sawing.

When a curved or angled cut is desired, use a fine-toothed keyhole saw or power saber saw.

What are the most important things to know about framing wood lattice?

Get a professional look and protect exposed lattice edges with H-channel divider moulding and C-channel cap moulding. Measure approximately 1” of extra C-channel cap moulding for each miter joint. Use a miter box and hand saw to ensure all corner cuts are precisely 45 degrees for a clean, tight joint.

Drill small pilot holes near the edges of the lattice wherever screws are needed. This will ensure that neither the moulding nor the lattice splits.

Secure cap and divider mouldings to lattice with 1-5/8” rust-resistant, galvanized screws at each miter joint.

What is Dimensions™ plastic lattice made of?

Dimensions plastic lattice is made of injection-molded plastic. It features a wood grain pattern on both sides.

Can plastic lattice be painted?

We do not recommend painting Dimensions plastic lattice, as most paints will not adhere to the surface and will quickly begin to peel.

Will Dimensions plastic lattice rot, splinter or decay like wood?

No. When installed according to Dimensions' instructions and under normal use, it will not peel, pit, rot, blister, warp, crack, corrode or be consumed by insects.

Do I need special tools to install Dimensions lattice?

Conventional tools can be used to cut, drill and fasten Dimensions plastic and wood lattice. For your safety, wear protective clothing and safety glasses.

What type of fastener is recommended?

Use #8 ss sheet metal screws for best results.

Does Dimensions lattice require gapping?

Yes. Like all plastic building materials, Dimensions plastic lattice will expand and contract with temperature changes. A ¼” gap is required on all sides of the panel to allow for thermal movement. Find additional installation tips in product literature.

What can I do if my lattice bows?

Loosen attaching screws and ensure enough space is allowed for expansion and contraction.

Can Dimensions plastic lattice be installed lying flat?

Dimensions plastic lattice is not recommended for applications in which it will lie flat, such as the overhead panels on an arbor or pergola. Hang lattice upright and attach to a self-supporting structure or frame. Refer to our installation tricks for more information.

How do I clean Dimensions plastic lattice?

Periodic rinsing with a garden hose is typically all that's required to remove surface dirt, pollen and debris. To remove ground-in dirt, clean with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly.

Will Dimensions plastic lattice fade?

No, Dimensions plastic L\lattice is UV-stabilized, so it resists fading in the sun.

Décor

How do I clean and care for my markerboard?

Cleaning and caring for your markerboard is simple and easy! The board should only be cleaned with dry erase wipes, or isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth.

Do markers other than dry erase work on markerboards?

Dry erase markers are designed to work on markerboards. However, other marker types can be used. Dry erase crayons and others work as well. Please make sure and check the specs on markers you are thinking of purchasing before writing on the surface.

I used a non-dry erase marker on my dry erase. Now what? How do I clean it?

Rubbing alcohol and a rag/paper towel to the rescue! Apply a few dabs of rubbing alcohol to your rag/paper towel and rub the markerboard clean.

I left marker on for a long time. What should I do?

Same as above! Rubbing alcohol and a rag/paper towel to the rescue! Apply a few dabs of rubbing alcohol to your rag/paper towel and rub the markerboard clean.

Is the markerboard magnetic?

No, unfortunately our markerboards are not magnetic. If you want to hang items we suggest using an adhesive object.

Can I use chalk markers be used on a Dimensions chalkboard?

Yes! Our chalkboards will work great with chalk markers. Cleanup is a bit different though. Use a damp cloth to wipe the chalk marker off the surface.

How do I cut this chalkboard?

Our chalkboards are made from MDF plywood. For the cleanest cut, we suggest using an 80-tooth or higher sawblade. The more teeth, the finer the cut and the less the risk for blowouts. 

Is the chalkboard magnetic?

No, unfortunately our chalkboards are not magnetic. If you want to hang items we suggest using an adhesive object.

Can my chalkboard be used outside?

If you do want to place it outside, we would suggest you do so on a nice day or at least keep it out of the rain and away from moisture. Our chalkboards are made from MDF (medium density fiberboard), so they don’t respond well to water.

How can I hang this on a wall?

Yes! You can choose a from a variety of methods, such as simply nailing it to your wall, framing it with wood and hanging it, picture hanging kits, removable mounting strips or any other way you can dream up. Just make sure you know what substrate you’re mounting to in order to hang it appropriately. For example, drywall requires drywall anchors and cement requires cement anchors.

What should I use my chalkboard or markerboard for?

Lists, menus, reminders, to-dos, notes, messages, encouragements, doodles, gifts, crafts, hobbies, art, games, inspirational quotes, math facts, recipes, phone numbers, your family motto, things you’re out of, this week’s spelling words, letter and number practice…

Where can I display my chalkboard or markerboard?

Kitchens, laundry rooms, mudrooms, playrooms, classrooms, kids’ bedrooms, school lockers, at the office, in the pantry, glued to a tabletop, inside a vintage frame, on the back of a cupboard door or inset as a panel, on the fronts of drawers, inside a serving tray, at the back of a cabinet….

Home

What do I do before my first use of my cutting board?

Your new, hand-crafted cutting board comes pre-oiled, but before first use, re-oil with any food-grade mineral oil readily available in pharmacy departments or purchase a commercial cutting board conditioner. Use a clean sponge or cloth to evenly coat the entire board, including both cutting surfaces, the ends and edges, bevels and corners. Allow oil to soak in overnight, then wipe thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. If any uneven patches appear, reapply treatment to the dry areas and repeat the overnight conditioning process. Re-oil every one to two months, depending on frequency of use.

How do I clean my cutting board?

Clean your cutting board with a small amount of mild dish soap and a clean, wet sponge or cloth. You may also use a disinfecting cloth or make your own cleaning solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach with 4 cups of warm water. Then rinse your board well, wipe dry with a clean cloth and stand on end in a drying rack with 360° airflow until completely dry.

How do I remove light stains from my cutting board?

Sprinkle salt liberally over the entire stain. Cut a ripe lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the salt. Add more salt or lemon juice as needed to form a paste. Using the cut side of the lemon as a brush, scrub the paste into the stain. Cover the stain with the paste and allow to sit overnight. Clean and dry as recommended above.

What do I do if the cutting board joints are separating?

Combine melted paraffin and mineral oil in a 1:4 ratio and use to fill and seal separated joints. Allow to thoroughly harden and repeat if needed. Re-oil and resume maintenance as prescribed above.

What do I do if my wood grain is "lifting" from the cutting surface?

Clean and dry your board completely. Apply a small amount of white glue to a standard sheet of white paper. Working with the grain, use the paper to apply the glue between the lifted area and the cutting board surface. Place a heavy, moisture-resistant object over the repair and allow to sit overnight. Once dry, remove any excess glue with light sandpaper or fine steel wool. Resume maintenance as prescribed above.

What do I do about warping, cupping and bowing of my cutting board?

Liberally apply oil to the concave side of the board and allow it to sit until corrected. If not corrected within two weeks, use tape to seal a piece of durable plastic to the convex side of the board. Oil the concave side every day until the board has responded to the contrast in humidity and readjusted. Resume maintenance as prescribed above.

How do I deal with nicks, gouges or dents in my cutting board?

Sand with fine-grit sandpaper and re-oil.

Why does my cutting board have dark streaks?

he appearance of dark streaks is a natural occurrence caused by mineral deposits in the wood. No repair is needed. Enjoy the unique characteristics these add to your hand-crafted board.

Is my cutting board dishwasher safe?

No, please do refrain from running it through the dishwasher.

Can I use powdered cleaners on my cutting board?

No, please do not use powdered cleansers on your cutting board.

Can I use a steel brush to clean my cutting board?

Please do not use a steel brush to clean your cutting board as it may damage it.