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Selecting Lumber for Best Results

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We all know to avoid lumber with large, loose knots, and twisted, warped, split, cupped or checked lumber... but how do you tell which boards will most likely do those bad things AFTER you buy them and use them? Here are some photos to show you what to look for and what to avoid. The pieces on the left are desirable and those on the right side of the photos are to be avoided. This is based on how wood behaves depending on ring shape, density and orientation. The last photo shows you what the pith looks like on the face rather than end of the board.
  • selecting lumber for best results, woodworking projects
  • selecting lumber for best results, woodworking projects
  • selecting lumber for best results, woodworking projects
  • selecting lumber for best results, woodworking projects
  • Darren watson
    Darren watson Mcminnville, OR
    on Dec 15, 2015

    The text shown on this pin is ridiculous. What it is actually showing is flat sawn wood on the left and rift sawn wood on the right. There is no structural difference between the two however there are functional differences when used for wood working projects. The author of this would do well to read Understanding Wood by Bruce Hoadley before writing any more uninformed articles.

  • Rob Elleman
    Rob Elleman Fort Recovery, OH
    on Apr 20, 2016

    I read the same article and that angled grain was desirable for turned table legs in order to get a consistent pattern all the way around the leg

  • Shannin Betz
    Shannin Betz Fort Payne, AL
    on May 3, 2016

    here ya go boys - get ur grain on! ;)

  • Dragon Lady
    Dragon Lady
    on Jun 30, 2017

    I think this is an excellent tutorial on selecting lumber. Who cares if you're not a professional publisher?

    It really is the content that's important. Thank you!

  • Christine Dwyer
    Christine Dwyer
    on Jul 9, 2017

    The red typing on top of the picture makes it very difficult to read

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