I wanted to post how I dried my first batch of lumber. The material that I am building my bench out of was from this first batch. So far everything is working out fine with the workbench. I haven’t had too much movement or cracking. At this point I think I am safe on the bench because it’s not going into a conditioned space.
Here are some pictures of the wood I am drying. It is at 12% mc.
This is the way it has been sitting for a little over a year now.
This metal roofing came off an addition job that I did so it had some holes in it. Under the metal roofing I have a layer of felt to catch any drips that come through the holes. Under the felt I put some house wrap to protect the sides of the stack from direct sun and rain.
I put some plywood under that just to help shed water.
These two pictures show how I stack the slats to create a slope for the tin.
Here you can see two layers of walnut on top of what I have left of pecan. I put the stickers on top of where the joists are in my platform. They are on 16” centers.
I just used what I had to add weight and keep everything flat.
This is the reason I had to unstack all this material. This system worked but it sure is a pain if you only need one or two boards. I plan to refine the process a little the next time. I think I can pour some concrete on some plastic with a grid of rebar and create a couple of loops sticking out of the top. That way I can use it as the roof and weight at the same time. I can hook a chain to the loops and set it on and off with my skid steer.
I am pretty happy with the results and I am definitely going to try it again. I am currently building a pole barn and plan on designating one of the bays for my lumber stash.
One of my neighbors told me about another neighbor that has an old portable saw mill with a VW engine on it. He said it is just sitting out in a field all covered with blackberry bushes. Maybe he’ll let it go cheap. How cool would that be?
Let me know what you think and thanks for looking.
-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia