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#1 posted 07-24-2018 01:25 AM


I prefer to mill lumber in the shop after the rough lumber has had time to acclimate to the shop environment. I have found that S2S lumber, while looking flat at the lumber store, rarely is.

When gluing pieces of wood together to create a wide plank, I favor matching color and wood grain. I have had no problems with this method. Others prefer the alternating growth rings method during glue-ups.

I doubt that any finish will prevent moisture from entering or leaving the wood. My hunch is that film finishes impede moisture exchange to a greater extent than penetrating finishes. But the type of finish selected is probably less important than ensuring all surfaces are milled, sanded, and finished in the same manner. The shelves are far more likely to remain stable if moisture exchange on all surfaces is the same.

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