The types of wood warping include:
- bow : a warp along the length of the face of the wood
- crook: a warp along the length of the edge of the wood
- kink: a localized crook, often due to a knot
- cup: a warp across the width of the face, in which the edges are higher or lower than the center of the wood
- twist: a distortion in which the two ends do not lie on the same plane
Wood warping costs the wood industry in the U.S. millions of dollars per year. Straight wood boards that leave a cutting facility sometimes arrive at the store yard warped. This little understood process is finally being looked at in a serious way. Although wood warping has been studied for years, the warping control model for manufacturing composite wood hasn't been updated for about 40 years.
A researcher at Texas A&M University, Dr. Zhiyong Cai, has researched wood warping, and was working on a computer software program in 2003 to help manufacturers make changes in the manufacturing process so that wood doesn't arrive at its destination warped after it leaves the mill or factory.