Use this advice to learn how to check the moisture content of wood before choosing pieces for your next project.
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Quarter-sawn wood will not cup or warp and as a result, is more expensive than flat-sawn wood. Flat-sawn wood shows roundness on the end grain.
Moisture evaporates at a different rate in different parts of flat-sawn wood, causing the wood to cup as it dries. If you get flat-sawn wood milled into thick pieces and plane it down after it reaches a 7 percent moisture level, you will have fewer problems with cupping.
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