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Dealing with wood defects

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Twist Defect
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Twist: A board that rests
on opposite diagonal
corners when laid on
one face.

Twist Defect

Solution: A severely twisted board is difficult to save. You may salvage short pieces, though, by using a combination of the methods described on previous pages.

Continued on page 6:  Checks, Shakes, and Knots


Comments (5)
ckwood3640978 wrote:

I agree with dhellew21. I've never considered tight knots to be a defect. Sure, there are projects where you want clear grain, but IMHO that's rare and for most projects, as long as the knot is not separating from the grain, it's not a defect.

3/29/2016 03:52:05 PM Report Abuse
Phellis wrote:

I had a few pieces of Oak that were crooked and my solution, due to limited space and tools, was to align and clamp the board with the outside crook parallel to the edge of my workbench then use a HD trim bit in my router to straighten the crook. Then I ran the routed edge through my joiner and finally used this straight edge to guide the board through my table saw to trim the inside crook off for a nice straight board.

11/6/2014 11:13:01 AM Report Abuse
dhellew21 wrote:

There is nothing wrong with knots. Knots and the grain around them add character and color to the wood. Small knots can be glued in place with super glue, larger ones with gorilla glue before processing the wood.

11/6/2014 10:34:42 AM Report Abuse

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