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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.

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#2 posted 286 days ago

R. Bruce Hoadley, Understanding Wood.

Best source for theory and practical

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#4 posted 286 days ago

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…

Good luck.

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#5 posted 286 days ago

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

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This is one of the best I have found.

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#7 posted 284 days ago

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 284 days ago

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.


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#9 posted 284 days ago

+1 again on Hoadley

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#10 posted 284 days ago

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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