Understanding Wood

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  • Turning Logs into Wood Flooring

    From Logs to Wood Flooring Part 3: Milling Wood

    Lets start milling wood! You saw the logs get cut into planks, and you saw the planks get dried. Now it’s time to turn those planks into wood flooring. Off to Balsam Millwork to take advantage of the big machines. Plane ’em First. Remember that the last machine these boards saw was a sawmill. We’ve

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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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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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