Solar Dried Lumber Moisture Concerns

Solar Dried Lumber Moisture Concerns

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Kiln & Solar Dried Lumber Woodworking Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

Because they capture the energy of the sun, solar kilns are becoming increasingly popular for the hobbyist or professional woodworker who wants to dry his own lumber, and with good reason; dried wood sold at a lumberyard is expensive. Greenwood, on the other hand, costs much less. However, air-drying lumber can take several months and […]

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5 Challenges Installers May Face with Bamboo Flooring

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Flooring Problems Flooring Types Installers Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 10 Comments

Bamboo flooring has become quite popular among home and business owners in recent years, for a number of good reasons. It holds a beautiful finish, adds a certain elegance and natural feel to any room, and costs up to 50% less per square foot than hardwood. It’s also championed as an eco-friendly alternative to wood. […]

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Equilibrium for Wood Moisture Content

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Moisture Content Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood as a natural building material has been in use for centuries, and over time, much has been learned about the techniques that are necessary to have wood maintain both its beauty and its durability. The most important requirement for most wood products is that “green” or fresh cut wood must be dried before it […]

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Finish with Finesse: MC Before and After for Your Wood Floors

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Flooring Finishes Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Floor finishes are crucial to the durability and appearance of wood floors. Over a lifetime, homeowners may repeatedly refinish floors, depending on wear. However, sometimes the initial finish, or subsequent re-finishes, can lead to challenges. As wood finish manufacturers have begun to replace volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) with water-based formulas, the interaction of the two […]

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Ambient Conditions and Wood Flooring Movement

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Moisture Content Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood shrinkage or swelling occurs when the wood’s moisture content (MC) levels oscillate due to changing ambient relative humidity (RH) and temperature. Any combination of RH and temperature will yield what is called an equilibrium moisture content (EMC).  The calculated EMC for an ambient environment is the MC level to which a piece of wood will […]

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Understanding Wood Moisture Content

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood needs time to settle once it is installed because all wood must adapt to its end-use environment. In moisture content (MC) terms, wood’s natural moisture levels need to reach equilibrium with its external surroundings before construction or installation begins. Unequilibrated MC in the wood product can give rise to continuous MC instability and ongoing […]

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The Hidden Cost of Moving with Wood Furniture

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information All About Wood Woodworking Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

Hands up: How many people enjoy moving (moving companies excluded)? Thought so. Yet, we all want to safeguard our belongings from bangs, scrapes and scuffs during the move. However, changes in relative humidity (RH) can have a more profound impact on moving day than any other mishap. Storage and Use Wood’s moisture content is permanently […]

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Avoiding Problems When Mixing Hardwood Floors

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Moisture Content Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

When installing wood floors, homeowners and contractors must be attentive to measuring the moisture content (MC) of the flooring prior to installation. Sounds simple enough. However, hybrid building materials increasingly mix multiple wood types together in modern flooring products. Engineered wood flooring uses the selected wood type on the lamella top layer surface; layers beneath […]

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Cedar’s Remarkable Weather Resistance

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information All About Wood Tree / Wood Types Woodworking Knowledge Base | 3 Comments

Many people are familiar with Cedar wood for its common uses. Cedar is typically found in outdoor furniture and structures surviving through sun, rain, and snow as well as the wood that saunas are lined with holding up against constant humidity and heat. So what is so special about cedar that makes it so resistant […]

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How Half-Log Timbering Helps Construct Cost-Effective Log Houses

By Troy Edwards in Wood Information Industry Information All About Wood Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The log cabin conjures images of back-breaking labor, do-it-yourself building and beautiful character. Log home building aspirations are founded on our belief in wood’s strength and durability. Even though modern builders frequently use only half a log for decor purposes, the wood log’s moisture content (MC) is still the foundation of a log home dream. […]

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