Reclaimed lumber has air dried for many decades. So many feel that there is no need for kiln drying. That is simply not true. Dimensional lumber that is 1 to 2 inches thick requires kiln drying for a couple of reasons. First, the lumber still holds true to the relative humidity levels that are outside. Those differ from the levels inside of your home or office greatly. What does this mean for you?Read More
It can be a crowbar, a hammer, or a chainsaw in my hand. I love the work. There is something exciting to me about being in these old barns. You never know what you will find or what someone else will create from what I find. The work is hard, tiring, and so very dirty, but I just love doing it.
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Moisture Content and Wood Movement When Building Furniture with Live Edge Lumber
Wood shrinks and warps as it continues to dry. Ever build a table and look at the top… there are gaps in places there weren’t? Cracks that are new? A slight warp that grew more and more over time? In fact, boards that are freshly cut from a log (green lumber) will shrink and warp considerably as they dry. Keep this in mind as you consider live edge lumber. Woodworkers, for practical purposes it’s better to think in terms of using lumber that has been pre-shrunk and pre-warped. In other words, I want the wood to shrink and warp before I build a piece of furniture with it, not after.