A little over a month ago (check the post of March 6th) I started a little experiment and posted the picture shown below.
As a rule wood shrinks the most across the annual rings and little to none, grain wise, from end to end (arrow direction in picture above). In the picture, you can see that the bottom piece grain would hold the pegs in place while the top piece would shrink causing the pegs to split the wood. The same results would happen to the bottom piece because the wood grain is at right angles to each other. Two drywall screws were placed in the "green" wood across the width grain in each piece and using a dial caliper a careful measurement made and recorded. This piece was then placed behind the wood stove for the next month to dry out the wood. What happened? Not much!
Puzzler - Just how much "fun" will it be to change the South Wayne bridge roof design to go with cedar shakes instead of a metal roof? This will be some "serious fun" new learning!
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