Introduction to Wood Materials

Learn about joints, beams, sheet goods, and the properties of wood materials used in construction today.

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Lesson Plan

7 Video Lessons ยท 1H 31M

  • 1. Course Overview

    Humans have been building with wood for thousands of years. Pro builder Jordan Smith discusses that history, different types of house framing, and the advantages of using wood in construction.

  • 2. Properties of Wood

    What is wood, really? Learn the composition of wood, the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, and how we measure properties like hardness, density, and strength.

  • 3. Forces and Stresses

    In construction, wood has to withstand a lot of different forces. Learn about compression, tension, torsion, and shear, and how to think about loading scenarios.

  • 4. Lumber Grades, Sizes, and Types

    Why isn't a two-by-four actually 2 inches by 4 inches? What's pressure treated lumber? What grade lumber should you use on your build? Jordan answers these questions and more.

  • 5. Engineered Wood

    Jordan explains LSLs, LVLs, plywood, and the advantages and disadvantages of using engineered lumber instead of solid wood.

  • 6. Joists and Glulams

    Learn about a few key structural members that are commonly used in light construction.

  • 7. Sheet Goods

    Sheet goods are what keep the elements out of a finished house, and what help the structure resist shear forces. Jordan explains a few key techniques used to manufacture modern sheet goods.

Who it's for: This course is for those beginning in the trades, or those wanting to learn more about wood materials.

Key Topics

  • Hardwoods versus softwoods

  • Wood fundamentals

  • Loading scenarios

  • Lumber grades

  • Engineered woods (lsls, lvls, plywood)

  • Sheet goods

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