On Tuesday, I shared a project that features driftwood. Today, I am sharing with you the definition of quarter-sawn wood and why it's so good from the book Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Claim, Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose & Re-Use Salvaged & Leftover Building Materials . I had always heard the term quarter-sawn but never took the time to learn what it meant. Now I do (and you do too!) Click on this page from to enlarge and read all about the advantages of quarter-sawn wood.
I guess I am in a "wood" kind of mood, maybe that's because it's getting cold which means fires, and I have a lot of wood to cut down in my yard to prepare for sitting-by-the-fire time, a bit of building I need to get done before the chill sets in, and that means it will be time for all sorts of indoor craft time.
More about the book:
This book takes green remodeling and construction practices to new extremes. From deconstruction methods and salvaging tips to plotting efficient cutting plans and devising creative new uses for everyday items, it is packed with clever ways to obtain low-cost materials (and reduce landfilling in the process).
Building with Secondhand Stuff contains the answer to a question most of us have wondered about at some point: Is that pile of used maple flooring I saw on Craigslist worth taking? From plywood to hardwood flooring, to windows, doors, carpeting and more, salvaging building materials can save you thousands of dollars (and is about as green as you can get). This book is a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer's guide that shows you how to identify materials that can be salvaged efficiently and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about doing it. Plus, it provides over one dozen complete plans featuring clever ideas for putting salvaged materials to good use as useful home furnishings.
Chris Peterson is a professional writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. An expert in home design, repair and renovation and an avid cook, he’s the author of Manskills, When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters, A Man’s Whirled: Every Guy’s Guide to Cooking with the Blender, and several other books.