A lot of things have to be right about your lumber before it can be used in a project. Choosing the wrong wood for a project or not ensuring its ready to be worked can cost you plenty, not to mention the time youll waste. These articles, reprinted from Fine Woodworking, will take the mystery out of selecting and milling wood. Also included is a wealth of information on drying your own, alternative sources, wood movement, protecting wood from the elements, and more.
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SKU FWW61077542 Table Of Contents Section 1: Buying and Harvesting
Take an inspection kit when buying lumber
Finding Figured Woods
Lane De Camp
When Run of the Mill Wont do
Lumber from Your Own Backyard
Alternative Sources of Wood
Section 2: Selecting Wood
The Right Wood for the Job
The Right Board in the Right Place
Wood Against the Weather
Choosing Tropical Hardwoods
Using Unfamiliar Tropical Woods
Section 3: Drying Wood
Seasoned Wood: What You Need to Know
William W. Rice
A Dehumidification Kiln
A Solar Kiln for Drying Wood
Air Drying Lumber
Moisture Meter Survey (Tool Review)
Section 4: Working with Wood
Working Highly Figured Wood
A Guide to the Wayward Ways of Wood Grain
What Woodworkers Need to Know about Light
When Wood Fights Back
Section 5: Transporting and Storing
Tying Down Lumber
Three Ways to Rack Lumber
Intro I still wince every time I look at an armoire I made about 15 years ago. Its not a bad design, a slimmed down, lighter-toned version of a classic Stickley-style four-door piece. But I made a classic beginners error. When I bought the lumber, I assumed the seller had accurately identified the lot. I took a big pile home with me, let it sit for a week, then dove into the project. Along the way I did happen to notice that a few of the boards looked a bit more silvery than the rest, so I used them in certain places to balance the overall look of the piece. Well those lighter toned pieces turned out to be ash, not oak.
I may not be smarter now, but I am wiser. When shopping for lumber, I look for clues such as pores in end grain, fleck in figure, and the amount of warp. I take a block plane with me and shave away a bit of material to get a better look at the color and figure so that boards match up better.
To the unwary, lumber can hold a number of surprises, some pleasant, some not. I vividly remember an incident many years ago, while waiting my turn at a lumberyard. An architectural trim contractor returned a truckload of hardwood he had bought the previous day, upset that the moisture content was too high. At least he was smart enough to check before beginning installation. Still, he probably lost a day sorting out the problem.
A lot of things have to be right about your lumber before it can be used in a project. These articles, reprinted from Fine Woodworking, will take the mystery out of selecting and milling wood. Also included is a wealth of information on drying your own, alternative sources, wood movement, protecting wood from the elements, and more.
-Anatole Burkin, former Editor of Fine Woodworking
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