My 5 projects #6: The upside to an overheated woodshop, fast drying times.

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Blog entry by derosa posted 09-01-2012 02:23 AM 1764 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Only 5 months ago I had 4 applewood trunks sliced into 1.25” boards which I stacked in my woodshop. Being that my shop is in the attic space above the add-on kitchen it has no insulation between it and the all day sun exposure black roof meaning that for most of this summer the shop has been too hot to work in most of the time. Tonight being one example, it is currently 98 in there from a 92 day. The result is that a test of the applewood produced a moisture content of 9-11% with most in the 10% range, the shop and the house doesn’t get any drier so it has now hit usable range for woodworking. Even the 3” board produced a 13% moisture content. Looks like I may have at least one day free next to generate a lot of sawdust. Plan is to spend a whole day making them straight, flat and surfaced. The 2.5” and 3” boards will be cut to rough dimensions and allowed to dry further; they should be low enough to not split or crack if taken to rough dimensions at this point.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 04:00 AM

I had about 3K bd ft of lumber5 stored in the hay loft of my barn. It would get to about 135 degrees in there during the day. That wood was the best to work with.

I had some 24” wide popular planks that shrunk the 22.5” but they were stacked 3’ high so I had no twisting or warping.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 12:47 PM

I’ve been keeping them pressed down with 2×4s on the top and bottom of the stack and using my 36” bar clamps, the whole thing is topped with cherry boards that were sitting on their sides all the way across. So hopefully they will be flat.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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