LJ Challenges #11: >>>>>FREE DRAW!!!! <<<<< deadline Jan. 31/14

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 01-23-2014 12:11 PM 1589 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks’ contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: .

This week, the prize is Hendrik’s fourth DVD course called “Wood Science & Design”. It is almost 6 hours long and focuses on the science of wood movement and how to incorporate it into your furniture designs. It also has a long and detailed bonus section with a furniture tour to study several of Hendrik’s designs, explaining how the wood science meshes with real world, practical design considerations. You can read more about this 3-DVD set here: It is valued at Cdn. $79.95 + taxes and shipping.

To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: “What is the best advice you could give a newbie woodworker about wood science and how it impacts the way furniture ought to be built?” Post a comment by Friday, January 31/14 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we’ll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 01:46 PM

To be short and sweet, I would say to always allow for wood movement when and where you can in all your projects. They will last a lifetime this way.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 07:07 PM

You always take your chances gluing a piece of wood across the grain. i.e. Positioning a piece along the end grains of a table top as is you were framing it. The framed part probably won’t move but the middle part might and to often does under the right conditions.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 09:25 PM

Wood will get wider or narrower (Not really a word but…) Wood will rarely get longer

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 10:08 PM

Don’t forget that wood was once a living thing. The wood never forgets it.

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 04:40 PM

To a newbie

Make what you like, along the way you will learn more & understand less. Wood does what it wants wether 1 or 1000 years old.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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