Design Considerations Watch this video to explore design considerations. Solid wood case construction must take into account wood movement. Wood expands and contracts across the grain and does not along the length of the grain. When wood is glued across grain over a long span, it will split when it contracts. NOTE: The drawer frames and the back are all pre-assembled. The back is a mortise and tenon frame which contains six floating solid-wood panels. Clamping rehearsal withou...
Update: Started expansion finally on what is essentially now, just a 10X8 tool shed. If all goes as planned, I will almost triple my sq. footage and the tool shed will become my shop.ManI like the sound of those words. Having seen many great shop builds and shop tours, mine by comparison is not much of an undertaking.I will be building an approxmately 50 sq. ft. extension and then tying this all in to an existing 7×8 plasticshed that I will reinforce and insulate. So the tool shed ...
This is a woodworking website, so I’ll try to limit this blog series to mostly wood related entries. Many people have expressed their desire to move to a farm. Well, we have that opportunity, and we are grabbing it with all hands. Just a little introductory background: A couple of years ago, I was going nuts because the project I was on had been on hold for several months, and got delayed for another 12 months, so I resigned. I decided (with my wife’s approval) to work out...
All parts of the frame package (backing board, mounting board, mats, art, glazing) need to be spaced away from the edge of the frame so that natural expansion/contraction of each part does not cause bowing or cracking. In general, there should be 1/16” space on each side and 1/8” space at the top, more for large frames.
It Can’t Be Denied- The power of wood movement can’t be denied. It is so powerful, ancient peoples used this characteristic to quarry stones with which they built their cities. Usually we think of wood expansion tangentially which makes a board wider. Sometimes wood will just twist. We ran into an instance recently where a beam twisted so bad that it broke the metal bracket that is holding it in place. Perhaps the beam would have just expanded along it’s widt...
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