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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 1022 days ago 1114 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

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1022 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: grain tips tricks

what are your tips/tricks and strategies re: wood grain?
- how does it affect cutting/carving/staining/design, etc?

(also add links to helpful blogs etc that are related to the topic)
 

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Tennessee

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#1 posted 1021 days ago

Maybe be a little more specific? That subject has whole books written on it.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 1021 days ago

umm… well….
what do you suggest?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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tom427cid

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#3 posted 1021 days ago

Hi,
Best trick/tip is something I heard when I first started making sawdust,”wood cuts the way it wants to be cut”
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 1021 days ago

all those things would be something a woodworker should be aware of, yes?

wood grain: expands with humidity. The grain expands sideways, so it’s important to allow for this wood movement or a project will bow, warp, break

did I get that right?

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lwllms

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#5 posted 1020 days ago

When reading grain direction for planing, either by hand or machine, follow the rays rather than annular rings. The mechanical bond between the rays and the normally oriented wood structure is generally the weakest in bond in the wood and usually where tear out happens. Usually, the rays in the wood are oriented in the same direction as the annular rings but it often isn’t. The rays appear as small specks in flat sawn faces that almost appear to be pores. Here’s an example of the rays running in the opposite direction as the annular rings:

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 1020 days ago

Just my opinion, but it seems to me that riift sawn and quarter sawn are the most stable and easiest to work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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