Timber & Veneers

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Ben Plewes  |  May 07, 2009  |  0 comments
  Words & pictures by Ben Plewes    In this first instalment we're going to start at the beginning with a subject that is, surprisingly, often overlooked - the material we work with. At its most basic level the materials we use most of the time fall into two categories. The first is naturally occurring timber which is divided into two further subcategories - hardwoods and softwoods. The second category is…

Keith Smith  |  Sep 02, 2008  |  0 comments
The moisture content of a piece of timber is something many of us take for granted. We buy timber from the wood yard and expect it to be fit for purpose. Timber is normally kiln dried down to about 8-10% moisture content but it will quickly reabsorb moisture if it’s stored badly. Does it matter? As the moisture content varies, wood expands and contracts, mainly across the grain. Using timber that has not been dried properly is a sure way…

Keith Smith  |  Sep 02, 2007  |  0 comments
Air Drying Air drying is the traditional method of drying timber. Once the log has been sawn, the boards are stacked on battens or ‘stickers’ These should be made of softwood to prevent marking the boards. Stacks are built up which should be protected from rain and sunlight. If green wood is exposed to the elements the heart doesn’t dry and the outside keeps cycling from wet (when it rains) to dry (when the sun shines) this is one cause…

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