FDMC Best Pratices in Woodworking Technology and Business

The Wood Doctor

Meet The Wood Dr.

Wood Dr.

Gene Wengert, “The Wood Doctor” has been training people in efficient use of wood for 35 years. He is extension specialist emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wood Explorer



A creamy white, light weight, utility wood.


Hickory and pecan

Hickory has many uses, including baseball bats, tool handles, drum


Dense, heavy-grained: Red oak

The name "red oak" is actually the name given to a grouping of 12


Red alder

Red alder was once considered a trash species and useful only for



Medium-weight and even-grained, Birch has been providing important

Ask The Wood Dr.

More warp today than before?

Relationship of yield and fixed width.

Butternut (White walnut)

Beautiful wood, but going extinct.

Sycamore is in California, too

Trees are similar to eastern species.

Is winter cut maple whiter?

Debate between salesman and kiln operator.

Wood plank beech tabletops

Warp tables after delivery.

Change sandpaper more often

Paper particles are sharp and produce a cleaner surface.

MC and RV storage: Be careful where you park

Choose storage location wisely.

Wet spots in walnut

These wet spots seem to take forever to dry.

Have a question? Ask Gene
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