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James C

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I was reading an article on the popular woodworking magazine website that talks about how to calculate the shift in wood due to seasons.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/video/tricks-video/how-to-calculate-wood-shrinkage-and-expansion

It involves knowing the width of a board, the change in moisture levels over a year and the "dimensional change coefficient" of the wood species. Which is derived from the chart below.

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I know that some people here love maths and was wondering if it possible to be this accurate predicting wood movement?
 

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Grahamshed

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I think it depends on the wood. Oak and sycamore I know are quite intelligent and could read the article, beech on the other hand is as thick as two short planks and wouldn't know what it was supposed to do.



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I know that some people here love maths and was wondering if it possible to be this accurate predicting wood movement?
Yup, give or take a little :)
 

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I'm not a timber expert, but I have noticed that the subject of seasonal dimension changes in wood gets much more attention in US publications and websites than it does here in the UK. I presume this is because they have a continental climate, with extremes of very hot and wet summers followed by very cold and dry winters. We don't - our range of humidity and temperature is much less.
So in my experience, if I allow for a bit of shrinkage as the wood comes down from 'big draughty shed dry' to 'cosy home dry' - by using trad construction such as frame and panel - then everything is ok.
 
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