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Let the Furniture Buyer Beware: Beetles Tagged Along

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/07/2014 1:08PM

The wood sideboard my wife and I purchased was an eclectic piece from India that turned out to be more than we bargained for. It was infested with powderpost beetles from the bottom shelf to the drawers.


Great Designs in Wood - The House on the Rock

By Chuck Ray Posted: 12/28/2013 12:34PM

Almost all of the wood used in this remote Canadian home was reclaimed from old Ontario barns, making many of the joists and floorboards several hundred years old.


More Christmas Shopping Ideas for the Wood-Wise

By Chuck Ray Posted: 12/19/2013 11:43AM

Christmas gift ideas and great winter reading recommendations for woodworkers.


Bark Up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians

By Chuck Ray Posted: 12/16/2013 11:22AM

Apparently a recent firewood program on Norwegian TV was more controversial than the producers ever imagined. It seems that a large number of viewers texted in during the show that the wood was being stacked all wrong.




Great Designs in Wood - The NWFA 2013 Wood Floors of the Year

By Chuck Ray Posted: 12/02/2013 4:29PM

These winning floors from the National Wood Flooring Association's 2013 Wood Floor of the Year competition fall in wow category.


Potatoes and Wood Panels

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/26/2013 10:06AM

The latest entrant in the formaldehyde-displacement race in wood panels is a resin system comprised of, among other things, starch of the common potato.


The National Wood Collection at the Forest Products Lab

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/18/2013 2:41PM

My will to catalog more than 6,000 wood specimens collected at Penn State since before 1960 led me to visit the largest collection in North America at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.


Timber Theft: Little Noticed; Serious Illegal Drain of Forests

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/09/2013 5:55PM

The investigator in this video makes a good point...that once timber is sawn, it is nearly impossible to tell legal from illegal timber.


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