Why Kiln Drying Doesn’t “Fix” Wood Moisture Content

What Do You Know about the History of Woodworking?

By Tony Morgan in All About Wood Woodworking Knowledge Base | 5 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 Flooring Problems Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 23 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 Kiln & Solar Dried Lumber Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

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 fiber saturation point. This can occur regardless of the drying method. When lumber companies kiln dry their wood, they do so in […]

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Woodworkers Use Technology to Work Smarter, Faster, More Productively

By Tony Morgan in Woodworking Knowledge Base Tools / Products | 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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Temperature’s Impact on Wood Moisture Content

By Tony Morgan in Wood Flooring Knowledge Base Moisture Content | 3 Comments

In determining how temperature can affect wood moisture content (MC), there is a connected set of conditions that must be considered in order to really understand the role that temperature plays in the process. If you’re looking at the wood’s corresponding dimensions, there is another step to consider. A typical line of reasoning often goes […]

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Wood Species: “Same Difference” in Moisture Content

By Tony Morgan in Wood Flooring Knowledge Base Moisture Content Wood Types | 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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Wood Moisture Content in the Kiln and Beyond

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Articles Moisture Content | 0 Comment

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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