Wagner’s TH-200 Thermo-Hygrometer for the Professional Woodworker

Wagner’s TH-200 Thermo-Hygrometer for the Professional Woodworker

By Troy Edwards in Woodworking Knowledge Base Tools / Products | 0 Comment

Wood interacts and changes with the relative humidity (RH) and temperature fluctuations in its environment. The combination of RH and temperature in your woodshop will yield a calculated equilibrium moisture content (EMC). Therefore, it is important to not only utilize an accurate moisture meter for the wood itself but also to have instrumentation to continuously […]

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Solar Dried Lumber Moisture Concerns

By Troy Edwards in Kiln & Solar Dried Lumber Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

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 Flooring Problems Flooring Types Installers Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 4 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 Flooring Knowledge Base Moisture Content | 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 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 Flooring Knowledge Base Moisture Content | 1 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 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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Hidden Cost of Moving Wood Furniture

By Troy Edwards in All About Wood Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 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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Mixing Hardwood Floors: Avoiding Moisture Problems

By Troy Edwards in Wood Flooring Knowledge Base Moisture Content | 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 Moisture Resistance

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

Western Red Cedar and Northern White Cedar are coniferous members of the Cypress family Cupressaceae. However, many people know Western Red Cedar for its rustic, resilient furniture. Others may know cedar as the sauna wood which withstands a lot of sweat and heat. From the traditional cedar-lined chest to Native American customs and uses, a […]

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