Understanding Wood

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  • 5 sheet goods variety of pieces

    Choosing the Right Sheet Goods for Your Next Project

    There are lots of woodworking applications that demand sheet goods instead of solid wood, and there are a variety of choices available.  This article will help you pick the material that will work best for your project. Why sheet goods? Sheet stock offers a variety of advantages over solid wood.  Cost is foremost for many

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  • DIY Dresser: Alder Characteristics

    Build a Dresser: Alder Characteristics

    George Vondriska explains the working characteristics of alder and gives you information to help you determine if you should use alder for your next woodworking project. The price, hardness and how it finishes are all characteristics you’ll want to take into consideration.

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  • Uses and Advantags of Wet Wood

    Uses and Advantages of Wet Wood

    George Vondriska and Spike Carlsen clear up the common misconception about wet wood being useless. Spike shows off a few pieces of wood that were used as pipes hundreds of years ago, and explains why a piece of wood that is submerged in water without being exposed to oxygen can remain strong, solid and useful

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  • Three Common Types of Sheet Stock

    Three Common Types of Sheet Stock

    George Vondriska discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of the common types of sheet stock you might use in your shop. He’ll teach you what to look for so that you know which material is best for your project, whether its plywood, MDF or melamine. You’ll learn how each type of stock is made,

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  • From Logs to Wood Flooring Part 4: Installation

    My flooring project started over a year ago when a pile of pine logs was dumped in my yard. Those logs were milled into planks, dried, and converted to tongue and groove flooring. You can see those stories here: Sawmill Kiln Drying Milling The wood flooring was milled into 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ widths,

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  • Should I Buy My Lumber Green?

    Should I Buy My Lumber Green?

    Paul Mayer discusses the benefits of air-dried lumber and how to save money on normally expensive hardwoods. He also gives you info on where to go for more information on how to dry lumber for your next project.

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  • Using a Mirror to Reveal Bookmatch Patterns in your Stock

    Using a Mirror to Reveal Bookmatch Patterns in Your Stock

    George Vondriska shows you how to use a mirror to reveal bookmatch patterns in the stock that you use for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America original video.

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  • Types of Moisture Meters

    Types of Moisture Meters

    Master woodworker George Vondriska shows the different types of moisture meters for wood, talks about the benefits of each and provides tips on how to use them for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video. Moisture Meters provided by Lignomat. For more information, visit www.lignomatusa.com.

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  • Solar Kiln Basics

    Solar Kiln Basics

    George Vondriska features a homemade solar kiln. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Plain-Sawn vs Quarter-Sawn Extended Version

    Plain-Sawn vs. Quarter-Sawn

    George Vondriska teaches you about the differences between plain-sawn and quarter-sawn wood. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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3 Responses to “Understanding Wood”
  1. Isobella Turnbull

    thanks, i really understand wood now, it is a beautiful substance, so gorgeous and elegant, the marilyn monroe of materials. I want it inside of me

  2. Martin

    I would like to make several bowl & tray projects for Christmas and was wondering what is the best type of wood for this project or any other woods that you could recommend when a router is being used. Thank you Marty PS: Love your site

    • Customer Service

      Hi Martin. You can use most any wood that you want for this. I’d suggest a hardwood such as cherry, maple, oak, walnut, etc.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America