The Owner Built Home - Chapter 6: Properties of Wood
This chapter, excerpted from "The Owner-Build Home," examines the properties of wood as a building material.
Ken's hand-drawn illustrations are found throughout the book. This one covers wood seasoning and wood grain.
ILLUSTRATION: KEN KERN
Multiple types of threaded framing nails.
Assorted types of joining hardware: the framing anchor, barb grip, and split-ring connector.
A load test comparing the holding power of smooth nails (left) versus threaded or grooved nails in green lumber.
Kern's handiwork is information-dense at times. Such is the case with this three-way table of facts, which cross-references types of wood with qualities (eg: hardness, weight, strength) and suitability for specific uses (eg: flooring, shingles, framing, siding)