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Wood Working Supplies Waterville ME

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Waterville - Auth Hometown
(207) 872-0323
192 College Ave
Waterville, ME
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
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Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16
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Mon:9-19
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Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16

Turnpike Mall
(207) 621-2000
10 Whitten Rd
Augusta, ME
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:9-21
Tue:9-21
Wed:9-21
Thu:9-21
Fri:9-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:10-21
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Mon:9-21
Tue:9-21
Wed:9-21
Thu:9-21
Fri:9-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:10-21

Agway True Value
(207) 474-2566
398 Madison Avenue
Skowhegan, ME
 
Quinn True Value Hardware
(207) 474-3449
125 Waterville Road
Skowhegan, ME
 
Quinn True Value Hardware
(800) 642-7392
125 Waterville Rd
Skowhegan, ME

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Agway True Value
(207) 872-7039
30 Garland Road
Winslow, ME
 
Lowe's
(207) 620-5027
53 Crossing Way
Augusta, ME
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 7 pm

Macs True Value Hardware
(207) 948-3800
289 School Street
Unity, ME
 
Blinds by Design
(207) 445-8001
307 Alder Park Road
South China, ME
 
Sandy River Farm Supply Inc
(207) 778-3042
20 Farmington Falls Rd
New Sharon, ME

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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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