I've been meaning to build a desk for a while now. I made a design with millimeter accuracy, but when I went to the home improvement store, I found that all the beams they had were crooked! Some more than others, but the only non-crooked wood they had was chipboard (particle board in the US), but it didn't come in any shape I needed.
So, back home I did some research on wood. It appears there are several different types, most importantly regularized or unregularized. Basically one is allowed to be crooked, the other isn't. I couldn't find any exact specifications though as to what qualifies as straight (surely, no beam is perfectly straight, right?).
Another important bit I stumbled over is that some regularized wood is not completely dried out: does that mean it could become crooked over time?
Then I looked into straightening the wood, but this doesn't seem to be a very viable option unless you're building a porch or something.
I went back to the store and asked if they had any regularized and dry wood. They didn't know what I was talking about. Just pointed me towards the piles of planks and beams and said it's really good wood!
- If wood is "regularized" and not dried, could it become crooked over time?
- How can I tell if wood is completely dry or just sort of dry?
- If I were to find some unregularized wood that's reasonably straight, would it most likely stay that way?
- If I were to find a suitable shape of that wood that's made of chipboard, is that a viable option? I've only seen it in cheap furniture, mostly where a chip has broken off from what used to be a screw hole.