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989 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wood movement tips tricks

What are your tips/tricks re: Wood Movement?
- why does it happen? – how do you plan for it?

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#1 posted 712 days ago

Wood moving “in service” is due to a change in moisture content. In most parts of the country you should start your hardwood projects with 6 – 6.5% moisture. You can find charts online that show how much movement to expect. Buy a meter. Wood changes more on flat sawn boards than on edge grain up boards, quartered. There is no significant change in length.
I don’t think you can air dry hardwoods to the point they will be stable indoors.
There is an excellent book on the subject by Gene Wright, the Wood Doctor.
Another book is by Bruce Hoadley.
Wood that moves as you rip it is usually suffering from tension fibers. not much can be done with that. Best not to use it.
Larry

-- Larry, Nebraska

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