Sapwood and Heartwood

Sapwood and Heartwood

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base Tree / Wood Types | 0 Comment

To achieve high-quality woodworking, knowledge about wood is a must. Projects can succeed or fail based on which part of a tree is used. In particular, it’s important to know the difference between heartwood and sapwood. The Parts of a Tree Knowing how a tree grows sheds light on which part of a tree is […]

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Kilndrying.org: A Primary Forest Products Forum

By Ron Smith in Kiln Drying Forest Products Articles | 6 Comments

It is a historic era in which individuals tap into a seemingly-endless well of information on almost anything of interest. The pickings are a little slimmer for lumber professionals, because their business is so technical. However, the concept of lumber moisture is of colossal importance to the lumber manufacturing industry. New Places to Dig Lumber […]

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Is the Mountain Beetle Eating up the Lumber Industry?

By Ron Smith in Other Topics Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

The North American pine beetle epidemic has been fed by fires, storms, and the wind. Norway encountered a similar kind of outbreak in 1969. Ferocious wind storms felled thousands of spruce pine trees in southeastern Norway, while the country simultaneously experienced its hottest, driest summers since 1840. Since the 1990s, the water tables diminished, trees […]

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Environmentally-Friendly Flooring: Making the Right Choice

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

With continued interest in environmentally friendly products and practices, it should be no surprise that many wood flooring manufacturers are also looking for products and suppliers that meet their customer’s expectations. Understandably, the notion of “green” wood carries several connotations for the woodworking and wood flooring expert. There are different types of eco-friendly products available […]

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When a Cupped Floor Has Been Rightly Installed

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Installers Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 8 Comments

There are few wood flooring problems more upsetting than cupped floors. Almost all wood floors will experience some contraction and expansion as the seasons change. Cupping of the wood floor can be a natural reaction to these seasonal moisture changes if they occur to a minor extent. If the cupping is more severe, it could indicate […]

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Moisture Control: Critical to Woodworking

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base Wood Shop | 0 Comment

Wood projects are as diverse as their builders but some universal truths apply. Your grand vision must be built on strong knowledge of wood species that will be used as well as a clear understanding of the critical role of correct moisture content (MC) in wood. MC and the Surrounding Environment Wood is puzzling. We cut […]

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Owner’s Cautionary Tale

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Occasionally, the great are reminded of their humanity. Over two decades ago, Ed Wagner (heir to the Wagner Meters family legacy) figured it was time to spruce up his home entrance way by installing hardwood flooring in whitewashed oak. So begins the precautionary tale of how even the Head Honcho has to deal with moisture […]

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Five Critical Details for the Hobbyist Woodworker

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

A wood hobbyist immerses himself or herself in a world of wood workmanship powered with the skilled use of tools. Which tools are used depends on the woodworking project. Wood hobbyists saw, plane, sand, shape, nail, assemble and finish temperate and exotic wood species to produce almost anything held in the imagination. A good working […]

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Decisions, Decisions

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base Wood Shop | 0 Comment

Now, I get it: my adolescent fantasy of building a rotating wood riser for my drum set would have been a fantastic catastrophe. You see, my dream had absolutely no supporting knowledge of woodwork. In fact, I almost sawed off my fingers in Woodwork 8. There is nothing wrong with dreaming the dream, but I […]

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Wood and Water Don’t Mix

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wooden floors can be as durable as they are beautiful. But there’s a big IF in a statement like that. Wooden floors can be as durable as they are beautiful IF they are installed properly. And any proper installation must begin with an understanding of the continuous relationship between wood and moisture. As a growing […]

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Wood Floor Finishes

By Ron Smith in Flooring Finishes Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

When installing wood floors, builders, installers and DIYers need to consider that wood finishes also contain moisture. In this case, “moisture content” (MC) takes the forms of oil, water, or urethane. Installing wood floors with healthy and durable finishes means understanding the moisture interactions between both the floor and the finish. Types of Wood Finishes […]

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