Common wood defects can be caused by the woods natural characteristic to absorb or expel moisture in the air. And, there are man-made wood defects caused by incorrect milling, sawing or machining. Other common mechanical wood defects are known as (conversion); improper drying, (seasoning); or improper handling and storage.
Many woodworkers prefer to avoid wood with any voids or defects because they degrade the beauty or value of the finished product. Other woodworkers believe defects in their works of art are often highly prized. These woodworkers seek out and find wood with certain defects because it add unique character to the wood and the finished product. Other woodworkers prefer wood that is more straight forward. They require absolute uniform material to produce their piece. This article will explain how to handle wood defects.