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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 10-07-2011 11:48 AM 1650 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2011 11:48 AM

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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-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 08:48 PM

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

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 10-08-2011 12:01 AM

umm… well….
what do you suggest?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 10-08-2011 07:04 AM

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

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 10-08-2011 11:14 AM

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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#5 posted 10-08-2011 03:46 PM

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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#6 posted 10-08-2011 04:14 PM

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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