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#1 posted 07-20-2012 11:02 PM


It can be a good way to buy but there are also potential pitfalls.

Yes quartersawn wood can and will warp. The good things are that the warping will normally be a bow rather than cupping or other more troublesome warpage. The bow can generally be dealt with by ripping a straight edge on one side and then ripping to width. Quartersawn wood is frequently prefered for furniture because it “moves” (expands and contracts across the width of the board) less with moisture changes than does flatsawn. Also, quartersawing tends to reveal the rays in white oak, enhancing the appearance.

If the wood has been properly air dried it may be dry enough to use for furniture making. You need to stack it with stickers (strips of wood to provide air flow space between boards) in your shop if it is dry enough to use. In that case it may need only a week or two to aclimatize to the conditions in your shop. On the other hand it may still be “green” and need to dry much longer (months) before use. It would be best to get a moisture meter to check the moisture level.

Of course you’ll also have to finish the process of milling the lumber to the finished product you’ll use to build the tables. Planing and jointing will require time and effort but you save a lot of money and may get much better products from a small sawmill.

Cultivate your relationship with the sawyer and you never know what you can get from them in the future.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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