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10-09-2013 12:30 PM

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Please point me to a good primer on understanding wood movement and how to account for it in design. I’m clueless.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 10-09-2013 01:44 PM

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 03:14 PM

R. Bruce Hoadley, Understanding Wood.

http://www.abebooks.com/9781561583584/Understanding-Wood-Craftmans-Guide-Technology-1561583588/plp

Best source for theory and practical

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 03:29 PM

Fine woodworking has some good articles on the subject.
Basically wood expands across its width. Account for that by making frame and panel construction. The panel can expand and contract within the frame. With tabletops and dresser tops, attach them with moveable fasteners like figure 8 washers. The shrinkulator will allow you to predict the amount of movement based on species and moisture content… http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/shrinkulator.htm

Good luck.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 03:52 PM

+1 on R. Bruce Hoadley’s book Understanding Wood. Very good.

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 05:00 PM

This is one of the best I have found.
http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Wood_Handbook.html

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 06:46 PM

Charles Neil has lots on it in his DVD’s like Cases & Bases, etc..

There is a new book on it called “With The Grain” via Lost Art Press and others.

Once a project cracks apart because of wood movement, this topic gets your attention.

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 06:49 PM

Thanks for all the very helpful resources. I haven’t had one crack yet, but I imagine I will soon—a nightstand I made 3 or 4 years ago.

Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 11:30 PM

+1 again on Hoadley

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 11:34 PM

Doh, I posted the same one Jim posted. Probably saw it last time he posted. I’m bookmarking this thread though, lots of good links already.

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