Advanced Woodworking Lab Partners with Industry Leaders in Radical Approach to Teaching Wood Skills & More

Advanced Woodworking Lab Partners with Industry Leaders in Radical Approach to Teaching Wood Skills & More

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Shop Uncategorized Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The story of the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) and how it has helped thousands of teenagers (even adults) choose a meaningful education and career is a feel-good story. It’s also a story of how one man is revolutionizing education by developing an education model that has captured the attention of corporations, educators, and even […]

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Guitar Maker Steve Davis – “All for the Love of Music”

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

“I was working as a cabinetmaker in Seattle in the early ‘90s when I met a guitar player named Guitar Slim,” recalls custom guitar maker Steve Davis. “We were working together on a large job in the Seattle area where I was building cabinets and Pat Chase, his real name, was a professional painter. On […]

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Grapeview Point Boat Works Relies on Wagner to Measure Moisture

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

At the south end of an inlet, in the heart of vacation home paradise, is Puget Sound. Found here is Washington’s Grapeview Point Boat Works, a wooden boat restoration, boat repair, and new build business. Owner Tom Regan, formerly an electronics and manufacturing contractor, started the 17-year-old company by happy accident. “I was out for […]

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Restoration Expert Says Moisture Management Critical to Health of Any House or Building

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Ever hear of George Ringland? Or, how about John Looney? Probably not. Bob Yapp, preservation consultant, teacher, speaker, and restoration expert, has. He didn’t know these men personally, but he’s been involved with the restoration of their old and historic homes. Ringland, who lived in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, in the late 1800s, processed gypsum from […]

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Custom Wood Harmonica Microphones Deliver a Sound That “Blows ‘Em Away”

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

“These mics are a work of art…and man, the wood makes the tone just drip out…warm as the Sunflower River in Clarksdale, MS, in July. And the piano finish is so smooth you can see yourself in it.” – Deak Harp, Blues Harmonica Musician They are comfortable to hold, easy to use, and incredibly lightweight […]

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Urbn Timber Turns Salvaged Trees into Gold with a Small Sawmill

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

Tyler Hillyard, Treg Sherman, and Tyler Sirak are three entrepreneurs who have figured out how to turn salvaged urban trees into gold. Well, not literally . . . but they are the masterminds behind Urbn Timber, a successful live edge wood products business in Columbus, Ohio. The original business concept, however, began with Hillyard. At […]

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Creating Custom Doors in Guatemala Heat

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers Other Topics | 0 Comment

The Caoba Doors Company, based in Antigua, Guatemala, is center-focused on quality. As a provider of high-end, custom-made doors and windows for real estate developers building multi-million dollar homes, the company can’t afford to be otherwise. When the company was founded in 1983, it actually built fireplace mantles and pool tables. They got into wood-crafted […]

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Teal-Jones Lumber Meets the Challenge

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

When Teal-Jones Lumber, a member of the Teal-Jones Group, purchased Langdale Lumber in Antlers, Okla., in late 2014, it continued its parent company’s proud tradition of providing customers with top quality wood products. The Oklahoma mill manufactures dimensional Southern Yellow Pine lumber – used in a wide range of building applications because of its strength, […]

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Carl Diebold Lumber Cuts Energy Costs

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

Founded in 1945 by Carl Diebold and located in Troutdale, Ore., the Carl Diebold Lumber Company (CDLC), a third-generation family business, processes mostly clear and higher grade lumber products that they don’t actually sell to customers. “We don’t have any product sales,” says Dave Smith, plant manager. “All this wood we’re processing belongs to somebody […]

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Rough & Ready Lumber: Success Through a Solid Reputation

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers Kiln Drying | 0 Comment

The Krauss family started up a new sawmill operation in Southern Oregon in 1922. “My grandparents started the company,” explained Jennifer Krauss Phillippi, the President of Rough & Ready Lumber. “My brother Joe and my husband and I operate it now.” There have been a number of changes at the mill over the years. “We […]

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Anderson Design Woodcrafting Crafts from the Heart

By Tony Morgan in Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Some years ago, when David Anderson was a late adolescent trying to figure out what he was doing in college, he had one of life’s sudden “aha” moments. “I was an undergraduate thinking of teaching mathematics but the teacher I was observing was dreadfully uninspiring. I was encouraged to try something else,” he explains. He […]

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Stimson Lumber’s Unconventional Start

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

Many paths can lead to a job working at a lumber mill, but few people would probably consider working on a commercial fishing boat as something beneficial to their resume. “I started working on a fishing boat when I was about fourteen,” said Eric Mallery, Boiler/Kiln Lead at Stimson Lumber Company’s Tillamook mill. “After that, […]

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Mississippi Laminators: Little Mill, Big Impact

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

Shubuta, Mississippi may not seem like a very large town, but it’s home to the largest employer for miles around: Mississippi Laminators. This family-run business has the distinction of being the only lamination mill in the state, one of only a handful in the Southeast. “There’s two in Alabama, one in Georgia, and two in […]

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Top Bamboo Flooring Moisture Questions & Answers

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 5 Comments

1. Are moisture meters accurate when measuring the moisture content of bamboo? Bamboo can cause problems for flooring installers when trying to calibrate moisture meters because bamboo does not have a uniform density. Pin meters have been known to work well on traditional bamboo if you insert the pins parallel to the grain of the […]

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The Challenges for Wood Flooring Installers in California

By Tony Morgan in Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

We had the pleasure of speaking with Marc McCalla, owner of award-winning Craftsman Hardwood Floors, Inc. Marc is an experienced and recognized craftsman specializing in designing advanced installations with wood and stone flooring that are both durable and innovative. Marc received the prestigious “Best Member’s Residence Design Award” by the National Wood Flooring Association. In […]

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Frank Lumber Company: Finding a Profitable Niche

By Tony Morgan in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

Located in Mill City, Oregon, Frank Lumber Co., Inc. has a long history of manufacturing high-quality products. “Frank Lumber got its start in the late 1930s on the North Fork of the Santiam River where my uncle, A.J. Frank, was in business,” explained Clement Frank, Quality Control Manager since 1989. “A.J. moved the company to […]

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Bright Wood Corporation: Exceptional Company, Exceptional Quality Control

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 0 Comment

1960 was an eventful year in the United States. The laser was invented, Joseph Bellino won the Heisman Trophy, and a new company called Brightwood Corporation was started in an old three-walled lumber planer mill in Madras, Oregon with an $18,000 investment by Carl Peterson, Ken Stovall, and Jack Stockton. Innovation was an early watchword […]

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When Kiln Drying Doesn’t Work

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers Kiln Drying | 2 Comments

When looking at any type of unfinished wood at a lumberyard or flooring supplier, the majority of wood on the market has been kiln-dried to bring the wood’s moisture content (MC) into a workable range to prevent problems during the life of the final product. Kiln drying is a controlled process that speeds the natural […]

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A History of Woodworking and Its Influence in Civilization

By Tony Morgan in All About Wood Wood Division Knowledge Base | 11 Comments

Throughout ancient history until our modern era, every civilization in the world has used wood to create useful as well as beautiful and decorative objects. We see examples of woodworking by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Many other ancient cultures around the world also practiced woodworking, employing many different styles and techniques. Primitive […]

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The Pros and Cons of Water Popping

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters Installers Wood Division Knowledge Base | 40 Comments

Homeowners and commercial real estate developers love wood’s long-lasting beauty. Wood blends in with most types of décor and is easy to clean and maintain. It’s environmentally safe, does not trap dust mites that can affect your indoor air quality, and it is comparable in price to other types of flooring such as stone, tile, […]

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Kiln Drying Your Own Wood

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Meters All About Wood Wood Division Knowledge Base | 7 Comments

When first harvested, lumber is “green” – meaning it’s not been dried. Since green lumber is very moist, it can warp and always will shrink for every percent of moisture content (MC) below the fiber saturation point. This can occur regardless of the drying method. When lumber companies kiln dry their wood, they do so […]

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Woodworkers Use Technology to Work Smarter

By Tony Morgan in Tools / Products Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Every woodworker–professional and hobbyist alike–comes equipped with a box of tools enabling him or her to cut, plane, drill, shape, and sand. But thanks to advances in Internet technology, many of today’s woodworkers also pack a few more “tools” in their toolbox–smartphones, tablet computers, and laptops. With these devices, woodworkers are now working smarter, faster, […]

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EMC: Time, Temperature, Relative Humidity

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Content Wood Division Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

What Does EMC Stand for and What is EMC? Equilibrium Moisture Content, or EMC, is the point at which wood is at the same moisture level as its environment so that it no longer releases or absorbs moisture. EMC is a balancing act between the wood and its ambient conditions–raise the relative humidity (RH) and […]

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Too Wet or Too Dry Woodworking: A Sticky Situation

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Problems Wood Division Knowledge Base | 15 Comments

Everyone who has spent time working with wood knows that the moisture levels can vary from piece to piece and from source to source. They also may have seen their wood change after it was delivered to their shop or job site – twisting, cracking, warping and otherwise not retaining its shape or dimensions. When […]

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Temperature’s Impact on Wood Moisture Content

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Content Wood Division Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

If you want to take accurate wood moisture measurements you need to understand how the ambient temperature, relative humidity, and wood moisture content interact. But that’s not all. You also need to understand how temperature affects your wood moisture meter. This is because pin-type and pinless meters are not affected in the same way by […]

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Wood Species: “Same Difference” in Moisture Content

By Tony Morgan in Moisture Content Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

As every wood flooring professional knows, wood species fall into two main categories: hardwood and softwood. After that, however, it gets more complicated. Every species of wood has its own unique moisture content (MC) properties, as well as grain patterns, colors, density (or “hardness”) ratings, workability, and chemical makeup that determine its durability over time. […]

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What Is Kiln Drying? The Reasoning Behind Drying Wood

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 6 Comments

Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills and serves to efficiently bring green lumber moisture levels down to “workable” range–moisture content levels that will not end in the myriad of problems that can be caused by excess moisture levels in wood. These problems include warping and twisting in dimensional lumber, binding or […]

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Storing, Flooring, and Other Key Stages to Measure Wood Moisture

By Tony Morgan in Installers Moisture Content Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

All wood will, over time, adjust to its surroundings, in a process known as equalizing. Understanding that give-and-take moisture process, and controlling the rate at which it happens, means that with some precautions at each stage of the life span of wood, moisture does not have to lead to flooring problems.

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Top 5 Differences Between Pin and Pinless Moisture Meters

By Tony Morgan in Pin vs Pinless Wood Division Knowledge Base | 24 Comments

When looking for accurate wood moisture measurements, you’ll immediately run into two different styles of meters: pin and pinless. Which is the better addition to your tool belt? There are some basic differences that you should understand before you buy.

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How Subfloors Affect Hardwood Floor Installation

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

Healthy flooring is built upon a healthy subfloor installation. When installing hardwood floors, builders often cover wood joists with wood subfloors. At other times, installers lay engineered wood over concrete subfloors. Add to this the rapid evolution of eco-friendly adhesives, and you get a sense of modern flooring’s installation complexity. Today’s flooring choices are so […]

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Working with Teak

By Tony Morgan in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

Teak (Tectona grandis) is a native species in the rain forests of Burma, India, Laos, and Thailand, and now grows in about 40 countries throughout the tropics. Domestic uses have tamed a species of wild popularity in the nautical world. In the early 1800s, sailors and traders discovered that girdling selected trees, found deep in […]

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Working with Madrone Wood

By Tony Morgan in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Americans refer to it as the Pacific madrone tree or madrona tree.  It is known in Canada as the Arbutus tree.  European species are called the strawberry tree.  Regardless of the moniker, wood lovers call it beautiful.  The Pacific madrone is named from the Spanish word meaning “strawberry”: madroño. Regardless of its name, here at […]

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DIY Wood Floors: How to Install Them the Right Way

By Tony Morgan in Installers Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

In the do-it-yourself era, installing wood floors looks like a simple enough task for the budget-conscious home renovator. The home show industry is fueled by like-minded individuals whose initiative compels them to do for themselves. This leads to wondering just how hard can it be to install a hardwood floor yourself? Simple as a concept, […]

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What to Know about Bamboo Flooring before You Install

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The question of installing wood floors using bamboo provokes many related questions. How much? What is the moisture content of bamboo? How do you even choose bamboo flooring when it looks like so many options are available? Due diligence is the simple answer. Easier said than done when bamboo, as a flooring material, is so historically […]

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Veneer Wood Flooring Uncovered

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood floor enthusiasts often opt for the durability and strength of veneer flooring that lets them showcase a particular wood without the expense of solid wood flooring. But producers and consumers both need to know that the wood veneering process can literally be a moisture content (MC) trap. Veneer: A Manufacturing Process An integral wood […]

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Working with Cherry Wood

By Tony Morgan in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

American cherry, a.k.a. Prunus serotina is a colorful hardwood used to build furniture featuring a smooth texture and uniformly straight grain. Heartwood lies at the internal core, and cherry’s heartwood colors are a visual treat. The heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown. However, it darkens once exposed to light, which lends cherry an aesthetic […]

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The Moisture Factor in Recycled Wood

By Tony Morgan in Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The idea of reclaimed lumber is an appealing one. Since nobody is using the wood that you spy with your frugal eye – be it an old barn or a gym floor that’s being replaced – you imagine turning it into that long-desired wood floor or ideal piece of furniture in your home. Great idea! […]

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