Have you ever stopped and watched, spellbound, as construction workers move around at great heights, confidently setting beams and working atop rooflines? While they may appear to have the confident nonchalance of a skilled trapeze artist,
Wood scientist Ron Anthony and engineer Jim DeStefano collaborated to write a bulletin on “seasoning checks,” which are separations of the wood along the grain that occur as the wood dries. Although they may look dramatic, in some cases as a single, wide, and deep separation, seasoning checks are not defects; in fact, it’s rare to find a timber that does not have checks!
Ok, so you’re ready to get started on your project, with a plan, materials list, and tools. However, the most powerful tool you’ll bring to your DIY project is your brain, with its enthusiasm, curiosity, and desire to expand your …