Understanding Wood

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  • Turning Logs into Wood Flooring

    From Logs to Wood Flooring Part 1: Introduction

    From this… …to this. One day last fall my friend Brent called. I just cut down 40 pine trees. Do you want them? I hesitated a little, then said yes. Pretty soon he was dumping logs in my front yard. I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them, but the price was right. They sat…

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  • Steps For Air Drying Lumber

    Steps for Air Drying Lumber

    Like many woodworkers, I go through a lot of hardwood. Lots, and lots and lots of it. And at the $4-$8 per board foot price that I normally pay at my local premium hardwood retailer, this takes its toll on my family’s budget. I have tried buying lower grade lumber and dealing with the knots…

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  • 9 Steps to Sizing Rough Lumber

    9 Steps to Sizing Rough Lumber

    Hardwood lumber yards offer you wood either rough or surfaced. Rough is how it’s cut from the log at the sawmill. There they use giant band saws and circular saws with very coarse saw blades, so the work happens fast. Rough lumber looks like it was sanded with a garden rake! Buying it rough, and…

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    Air-Drying Lumber with Stickers

    “Can I use 3/4″ or 1″ exterior grade plywood or OSB for stickers, for air drying lumber – or do I have to use kiln-dried material?” Submitted by: harmannfamily WWGOA Editor Response: I talked to a handful of people about this and here’s the consensus. The best bet is always to make stickers from the…

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    Cutting and Drying Logs into Boards

    “I have some red-oak, hickory, cherry, red elm, and spalted maple that I want to cut into boards. I have a band saw mill. Should I cut the boards into 5/4, 11/8, or 1” material? I also want some 4″ mantel material. Should I let it air dry or have it kiln dried? Should I…

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    Using Air Dried Lumber

    “I have a barn full of red oak, some black walnut and some white oak; it was sawn by my Dad 7 to 9 years ago. It seems to be very dry and ready to be used. The material is off of our farm and I would like to use the material for tongue and…

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