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Expantion Rates and Wood Movement

All materials expand and contract due to heat, and in some cases moisture, and in some cases both. Each material expands and contracts at different rates. Different metals expand at different rates due to heat, as the metal warms up … Continue reading

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Straightening a Warp [ Compression Set ]

One of the most common questions I receive is “can you remove the warp from this_____” fill in the blank with something like table leaves, drawer bottom, or table top. The answer is always the same. ” That depends”.  Anything … Continue reading

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Nailing [ things to consider ]

Ever since Adam Cherubini brought up nails, there have been lots of posts of projects built using nails. However there’s been little talk about the pitfalls or the things to consider when using nails, so here’s some random thoughts on … Continue reading

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New project 2 [ the box]

After the 4 boards were prepped in the previous post, they were dovetailed together. I didn’t detail that process here, but if you want to see my method I did in this post . You can see in the photo … Continue reading

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Repairing Cracks and Splits [wood filler]

On occasion one comes across a split or crack that for one reason or another cannot be closed with pressure from clamping. It is important to determine the cause of the split and fix that problem first. In many cases … Continue reading

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Federal Style Table [ broken apron ]

The Federal period in the US was from 1780 to 1820, “It Combined the neoclassic furniture style characteristics of Hepplewhite and Sheraton. It is characterized by graceful straight lines, light construction, tapered legs, and the use of inlay, and contrasting … Continue reading

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Table Leaf part 1

In my last post I talked about some of the problems involved with the use of plywood and MDF in furniture construction. I’m sure that some people that read that post are convinced that I must be an insane old … Continue reading

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The Hoosier Lesson

Recently on one of the Woodworking forums there was a discussion of plywood panels and how to glue them into a frame, whether to allow for wood movement or to just glue them to the entire frame. The consensus among … Continue reading

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Wood Movement

Wood is a hygroscopic material which means it absorbs and desorbs water from the surrounding air. This change in moisture content causes the wood to expand and contract in relation to the relative humidity and temperature of the environment the … Continue reading

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