Reasons for picking the right board
Softwoods are sold by the board meaning the price you see will be the price you pay for the entire board. Hardwoods (as well as molding, baseboards, etc) are sold by linear feet (lf) meaning the price indicated is for one foot of the board.
Common boards or also referred to as “white wood” are usually made of pine, spruce, or fir. Select Pine is an upgraded version of the common boards. Pre-primed pine is the perfect board to use when you intend to paint your project. Construction lumber includes the 2x boards like 2×3, 2×4, 2×6, etc.
Check for bowing, twisting or winding, and cupping. Look for imperfections - knots, dents/damage, cracks, in-grown bark, and splits You want to make sure you get the boards with the least amount of visible imperfections.
You'll need a truck or SUV, but if you don't have one. you can: Have the store cut your lumber to size Get a quick rental from the home improvement store, the price is reasonable