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#1 posted 09-10-2019 03:10 PM

I’ll add a couple of thoughts:
Framing is done with green/wet wood, not kiln dried wood. Wet wood is more flexible, resists splitting better, holds screws without pre-drilling and in general is more forgiving to use when doing a framing project. You will not find dried lumber on a construction site, except for trim work, moldings, special beams, etc… but the dimensioned lumber used for framing is wet.

I can think of one exception, and that is the Green and Green Gamble house in Pasadena, where in the attic all the visible lumber, rafters, etc… was beautifully finished. Now that famous house was the work of about 200 craftsmen who worked for 2 years on it. 400 man-years of labor. Worth a visit if you’re in California and want to see perfection in woodworking.

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