Understanding Wood

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  • Old Growth Lumber

    Old Growth Lumber

    Old growth lumber has a mystique about it, and many wonder why. George Vondriska shows why these boards are so valuable and why, should you have the opportunity, to use them in a special woodworking project in your shop. You’ll also see the difference between old growth lumber and reclaimed lumber. A WoodWorkers Guild of

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  • How to Plain Saw Logs into Lumber

    How to Plain Saw Logs into Lumber

    Master woodworker George Vondriska shows how to plain saw logs into lumber using a backyard saw mill. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • How to Buy Lumber According to Grade

    How to Buy Lumber According to Grade

    Master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you how to purchase lumber according to grade for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • From Logs to Flooring

    From Logs to Flooring

    George Vondriska demonstrates how to use woodworking machinery to make pine logs into planks that you can use as wood flooring. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Cutting Lumber from Logs

    Cutting Lumber from Logs

    George Vondriska provides tips on how to use a backyard saw mill to cut lumber from logs for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video. Saw mill provided by Logosol. For more information, visit www.logosol.us.

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  • Cutting a Log on a Band Saw

    Cutting a Log on a Bandsaw

    George Vondriska provides tips on how to use your band saw as a sawmill. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Board Foot Measure

    Board Foot Measure

    George Vondriska provides tips on how to formulate the board foot measure of hardwood so that you can better assess how much wood you’ll need for your woodworking project and better communicate with the salesman when you go to purchase your wood. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Air Drying Freshly Cut Lumber

    Air Drying Freshly Cut Lumber

    Master woodworker George Vondriska provides tips on how to air dry fresh cut lumber for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Turning Connecticuts Trees into Furniture

    New Life for Connecticut Trees

    The Connecticut Historical Society Museum recently opened an exhibition called New Life For Connecticut Trees: furniture by City Bench. The show focuses on the rich history of Connecticut trees through photos and text as well as the furniture making process of City Bench, a wood reclamation and furniture fabrication organization based in New Haven, CT.

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  • Kiln Drying Logs for Wood Flooring

    From Logs to Wood Flooring Part 2: Kiln Drying

    You saw my pine logs get milled into planks, leaving me with a big pile of wet wood (about 30% moisture content). Can’t make that into flooring. It needs to be kiln dried, and that’s the next step. Stickering. The material is stickered to create air spaces between the rows of planks. If this isn’t

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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

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  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

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    • 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.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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