People often ask why it is that we make oak frames out of freshly sawn green oak with a high moisture content rather than using more stable dry oak.
Well, having laboured hard this week over a small glazed gable frame made from bone dry oak, I’m feeling well placed (and motivated) to answer.
BECAUSE IT’S EASIER!
Green oak will bend to your will, cleave along the grain, respond compliantly to a reasonable sharp chisel or saw, and pretty much do what you ask it to do. Air dried oak on the other hand will sap your strength, blunt all your tools in a heartbeat, mess with your mind and leave you weeping on the workshop floor in a dusty heap.
Here’s the fruit (dried?) of my labour:-Uncategorized. Sin Comentarios
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