Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Perfect Project Lumber
I use the common pine boards from HD all the time as project lumber. These are very inexpensive by the board foot for what you get, and they are a reasonable quality material if you are selective in the boards you pick out. The 1x12s are the widest you can get, so it’s really important to sight the board in the store to make sure the ones you are buying are straight. Look down the length of the board to make sure it’s not bowed in the center and that it’s straight down the edges. Avoid the really knotty ones unless the knots are what you are looking for from an appearance perspective.
These boards take stain really well and can be cut to reasonably exact dimensions. I tend to use a 60 tooth finishing saw blade on these to get the best cut. I also have found that the faster the blade spins, the better the cut I get. Dado blades work well on these too. I’ve cut up to 1 inch dados in a single pass on these with no problems. I’ve also milled tongue and groove without any trouble. Ripping is a breeze, but on the longer rips, make sure you separate the kerf past the blade, or they will bind on you and can kick back.
On cross cuts, this lumber does tend to chip on the trailing edge of the cut. Use painters tape across this edge to minimize the chipping.
I recently built a drawer from this lumber with good success. Check out the images as you can see the range of cuts and stains I used this lumber for.
May 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Lumber Sizing
The previous posts commenting on the actual dimensions of the lumber are obviously made by individuals that do not know how lumber is sized. The dimensions given are for the rough cut board not the finished board, therefor a 1"x12" is the rough cut size. The boards are then run thru a planer to make them smooth and thus they are less in thickness and width.
September 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ljc3 Worked well
I am surprised when people say that this product is not the size that they expected. If you look at the specifications of the board in the details, it says that it is actually 3/4" x 11 1/4". I realize that it says 1x12 but that does not mean that it is literally 1"x 12".
I do agree with the comments that you have to go through a lot of boards to find ones that are not bowed, cracked or otherwise unusable. It would be great if they had more usable boards. I recently built a bunch of closet shelves with hand picked boards and they worked great. It is very solid and I'm sure it will last forever. I primed and painted the wood and it looks really good.
May 26, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by wdhlwwdwrks Every time I go to buy more, it seems like the quality has gone down...
I used to buy several of these per week for various projects. Gave two stars instead of one because the price has stayed low. However, the quality of stock at my local stores has been consistently been going down. Most are severely warped, have massive gouges down one or both sides, and/or have serious defects. Would give the actual product a 1-star rating as of late. I generally go to HD once a week for more lumber, and I've left without a purchase the last four times because the quality of available selection was so poor. My store has also been listing a 10" version of this board on sale for the last month or so (less than $2/pc, which would have been fair considering quality), but never once had any in stock. If quality doesn't improve, I'll just start driving down the road to the other big stores to make my purchases.
September 15, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by krstphrgreen well it's wood
Not the straightest boards I have seen. Good for a shelf as they flattened out when I screwed them to the brackets but I can see other applications where people would be upset with bowing. I ordered on line and picked up at the store because I wasn't very concerned with the quality, but after seeing them I would suggest you pick them out yourself at the store if you need them to be flat and straight. If your application does not require straight and flat go ahead on order on line and pick up in store..
April 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mycatsadiva Durable shelving for kitchens, utility rooms and garages
One year ago we bought (2) of these boards for use in two storage rooms. The utility room has a board we cut to 57" for storing both laundry and cleaning products. The second board we installed in another room housing camping gear and home improvement tools. We went with a white primer for painting and we used white L-shaped shelving brackets purchased from Home Depot for support. One shelf is holding 50lbs. of product and is installed into drywall. The second shelf is holding at least 200lbs of gear and tools and is installed into 2x4's. Neither board has bowed, cracked or split. We even transfered one board to another wall last week and it's still working great. We used three brackets for each shelf.
June 3, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by John Could be better
You have to dig through the whole stack to find two or three ok boards. Most are bowed, twisted, split at the ends, or all three plus something else. I think Home Depot needs to find a new supplier or look at how they are storing or shipping these boards to make sure they are good quality for their customers.
February 26, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by SNHGA 3/4" narrower than specified
The boards are knotty and cupped, which is unfortunately the standard these days. The problem is that these boards are actually 11 1/4" . Fine, whatever, no lumber seems to be the actual size indicated by its name. However, the shelf brackets for these boards, also called 12", are 12 1/4".
January 26, 2014