Understanding Wood Movement
Proven methods for dealing with expansion and contraction
Synopsis: Wood is a living, breathing material, and as a result it moves. Learning why and where it moves will help you become a better furniture maker. In this article, Christian Becksvoort demystifies wood movement and details different construction methods that allow for movement over the life of a piece, including frame-and-panel construction, breadboard ends, and mortise-and-tenon joinery. He describes trouble points in multiple furniture projects and tells you how to tackle issues in each. Tips for fitting doors and doors, attaching headboards, and applying molding are explained.
From Fine Woodworking #165
For centuries, granite has been quarried along the Maine coast. Way back in the woods behind my shop, on a granite outcropping, sit a few leftover slabs 10 in. thick by 2 ft. wide by 12 ft. long. The granite faces show a series of 1⁄2-in. holes drilled 12 in. to 18 in. apart. The old-timers would have driven…