Surf Waves with Jack Johnson

Written by Jesse S. Somer


Like a laid back, relaxed beach vibe? Surf waves in reality, musically, and onrepparttar Net with Jack Johnson.

Lately Iíve been listening to some pretty cool music by some beach bum named Jack Johnson. The tunes he plays really touch a chord within me. They are just so honest and selfless, like stories being told by a wise old palm tree that has endured countless days of peaceful monotony, and yet have also experiencedrepparttar 116180 rare tropical storm with gale force winds. I decided to have a look for his website, as I have come to know that humans have written about just about anything of interest onrepparttar 116181 Internet.

I found out some interesting things about this soft, rhythmic flowing voice and guitarist on his official site, http://www.jackjohnsonmusic.com. The guy is hardly a beach bum; heís been a pro surfer, is a popular surfing film producer, andrepparttar 116182 weirdest tidbit of knowledge isrepparttar 116183 fact that he didnít really want to be a famous musician at all! Heíd rather surf some waves, and maybe thatís why his music is so natural and unforced-he hasnít let his popularity affect his priorities.

Lumber 101

Written by Dave Markel


Milling Lumber:

The sawyer is faced with several different options forrepparttar wayrepparttar 116179 log is to be cut. Depending onrepparttar 116180 species ofrepparttar 116181 log andrepparttar 116182 desired use forrepparttar 116183 lumber that get milled off. Two main choices are flat sawn and quarter sawn.

Flat sawn lumber can be identified byrepparttar 116184 arcing end grain and open, flame look onrepparttar 116185 face ofrepparttar 116186 board. Flat sawn lumber isrepparttar 116187 most economical to produce and there for is most common.

Quarter sawn lumber is almost exclusively used for wood working. With quarter sawn lumber a log is milled into quarters,repparttar 116188 quarters are then sawn perpendicular torepparttar 116189 grain. This givesrepparttar 116190 lumber a unique characteristic withrepparttar 116191 end grain being vertical. The face ofrepparttar 116192 boards showrepparttar 116193 growth rings as alternating light and dark grain lines.

The big advantage to quarter sawn lumber is it's stability. Although it still moves it is a lot less prone to warping then flat sawn lumber becauserepparttar 116194 grain isn't subject to radial forces. Depending on what you are building you haverepparttar 116195 choice of what type of lumber you want to use.

Buying Wood:

Soft wood is common and is easy to find throughout North America. Almost every lumber retailer carries plenty of softwood in stock. When buying DO NOT letrepparttar 116196 attendant inrepparttar 116197 yard select which lumber you are going to buy. Go look throughrepparttar 116198 lift and select which pieces you want because there tend to be more pieces inrepparttar 116199 lift that are rejects for wood working.

It is a good idea to restack allrepparttar 116200 boards that you rejected while looking throughrepparttar 116201 stack. This keepsrepparttar 116202 rejects from warping and twisting beyond being useful and will keeprepparttar 116203 lumber attendant happy.

Keep your eye out for defects when buying wood. this means looking at all four side ofrepparttar 116204 piece of lumber before selecting it. A board that looks good on one side may have wain onrepparttar 116205 other side, something you want to avoid.

Hardwoods are a bit trickier to find at a regular lumber yard, especially out here inrepparttar 116206 west. In British Columbia I can go to almost any private sawmill and find spruce, fir or cedar without a problem and pay a good price for it. Of course all these species are readily available, but try doingrepparttar 116207 same for oak of maple. Good Luck.

I have been lucky to find an independant hardware store in Kamloops that supplies a wide variety of domestic and foreign hardwoods. They allow me look through all their stock to chooserepparttar 116208 best pieces and even will cut a long board in half if that is all I need. Needless to say I value this relationship very high.

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