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Wood Working Supplies Heath OH

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The Home Depot
(740)364-1241
1330 N 21st Street
Newark, OH
Hours
Mon-Thur: 7:00am-9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 7:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Fastenal- Heath
740-928-4037
2337 Hebron Road Heath, OH, 43056
Heath, OH
 
Indian Mound Mall
(740) 522-8600
771 S 30Th St
Heath, OH
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18

Strait & Lamp Lbr Do it center
(740) 928-4501
269 National S E
Hebron, OH
 
Main Hardware & Supply
(740) 345-4470
67 W. Main Street
Newark, OH
 
The Home Depot
(740)588-9885
3787 Home Depot Drive
Zanesville, OH
Hours
Mon-Thur: 7:00am-9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 7:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

LOWE'S OF HEATH, OH.
740 522-0003
888 HEBRON ROAD HEATH, OH, 43056
Heath, OH
 
Lowe's
(740) 522-0003
888 Hebron Road
Heath, OH
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Strait & Lamp Lumber
(740) 928-4501
269 National Rd Se
Hebron, OH
 
Millersport Hardware
(740) 467-2500
12130 Lancaster Street
Millersport, OH
 

Dealing with wood movement


Wood, being a material that was once very much alive, and quite full of water, never loses it ability to absorb moisture from its surroundings. When it does absorb water, it expands and when it dries again, it shrinks. If you do not plan for this movement, your projects can be weakened, disfigured or even ruined.

I learned the hard way. (Do we always have to learn that way?) One of the first projects I made, was a chest of drawers. I was making it with the remains of one I found at the dump. The wood was maple and looked beautiful, but I had a lot to learn. The crack that eventually formed goes right up the middle of one side, right across the top, and down the other side. The whole thing literally split in two. The good news for me is, I learned right away, on that first project, and the wood was free.

Without going into the details of why wood moves in the directions it does, I'd like to just present the facts and some methods to account for wood movement in various projects. This of course will not be a complete list, and if you would like to send me your ideas, I can add them to this article and let it grow. I am still learning.

  • Wood expands and contracts across the grain significantly more than lengthwise with the grain.

  • When joining boards with the grain running at 90° angles to each other, never glue rigidly all the way across the grain. As the wood expands or contracts it will weaken or break the bond or if the glue holds, it could split the wood. Wood of the same species can always be rigidly joined when their grain runs in the same direction.

  • When joining wood across the grain, affix the wood rigidly in one spot (either end or in the middle) and allow the rest of the board to move. To attach the two together, use a mechanical fastener, such as a screw, with an elongated hole, which will allow the wood underneath to move. (See fig. 1 )

    fig. 1

  • For a dresser or desktop, you would rigidly affix at the ...

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