Wood

[An old post, republished.]

Alright, given the nature of this blog, perhaps you, reader, are thinking that perhaps this post is a prurient post. It’s not.

My latest professional project is built of wood. Since it’s been a while since I’ve worked with this material, I’ve had to refamiliarize mayself with the latest advances in wood technology, specifically metal connectors and manufactured wood composites, such as plywood. All this stuff may seem pretty straightforward to a layman – and by that I mean anybody not trained to MY level of education and experience (carpenters don’t count at my level) – but the stuff being produced by lumber mills is pretty complex. There are at least three general categories of “plywood”, each broken into several load capacities, finish grades, and other technical details. And then there’s the fastening. Several different panel placement patterns, nailing (or screwing) patterns and spacings, details of fastening at edges… you get the idea.

So, I’m geeking out on wood. Somewhere along the way I’ve got to put together a set of drawings and run my final calculations, but for now it’s nice to have a new subject to study.

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