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A Quick Tip – Checking Warping in Wood

June 20, 2010

Getting straight wood for your projects is essential to solid construction.  When checking wood for warping, you want to see if the board is bowed (along length of the face), crooked (along the length of the edge), kinked (bend due to a knot), cupped (edges on the face lift up) or twisted (end of the plane go in opposite directions).   You should use your eye and go the plane of the wood from one end of the broad to the other.  It’s easy to do and will save you money and frustration. Also check for an excessive amount of knots in the wood.  Knots can cause difficulties when nailing, drilling, screwing and adjoining other pieces of wood.

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