wood dr. Gene Wengert

Checks in cherry lumber

Q. We just started processing some cherry lumber that was planed S2S by the supplier. We are seeing a small number of checks developing, especially in the flat sawn pieces. We are really perplexed as to what is causing this.

Machining to the end

Q. We have a machining problem. As we machine a piece, it is good until the last half inch. At this end, we all too often get a piece that chips out all the way to the end. Where should we look?

Poor paint finish on panel

Q. Once in a great while, we see a white paint turn dingy in small regions on a panel. Oftentimes this dinginess shows up a month or two after painting. What is this?