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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?
I wanted a solid wood top for a small pub table. I used narrow oak boards that measured 8 percent moisture content. I stained it with water-based stain, and the oak and plywood top cupped.
How can I get mold off without ruining the wood or driving the mold deeper into the grain?
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?
With the temperature dropping below freezing in my unheated shop, I’m worried about wood movement. Does frozen moisture in hardwood or sheet goods make the wood expand?
A friend bulldozed down some large black walnut trees, and I talked him into letting me rescue them from the burn pile. How do I turn these trees into useful lumber?