Lumber and Sheet Goods
Find all you need to know about choosing and working with lumber and sheet goods. See tips and tricks for using hardwoods, softwoods, exotic woods, MDF, and plywood.
I visited a specialty hardwood dealer to buy some oak plywood, and he asked me whether I wanted rotary-cut or bookmatched face veneer. What’s the difference?
I like to slice logs at an angle and use these slabs for fretwork. What do I have to do to keep the bark from drying, shrinking, and falling off the slab?
Can anyone direct me to dealers who supply true 1⁄4 " plywood?
While shopping for oak veneer plywood to make a dresser, I ran across oak veneer panels with a medium-density fiber-board (MDF) core. I chose plywood.
When I routed 1⁄2 "-wide dadoes in 3⁄4 " melamine, the result was burned steel and carbide bits. Would a dado set in a tablesaw be the better way to go?
When a friend cut a large maple log in half for firewood, the inside was beautifully spalted throughout. Can I dry these pieces in the oven, or would it be better to air-dry them?