Milling Cherry Logs #1: Milling/Drying a 8' Cherry Log and Some Red Cedar Slabs October 2010

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Blog entry by Matt Pec posted 10-15-2010 11:24 PM 1649 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Milling Cherry Logs series Part 2: Cedar and Cherry Logs cut, time to dry »

I’ve heard pro and con about drying boards and slabs vertically when they’re fresh cut. It makes sense that they might dry faster this way but does anyone have firsthand experience with this? I cut some 8’ long, 2” thick Cherry slabs and some 2” thick Red Cedar slabs and don’t want to wait 1yr + for them to finish drying. Any ideas? Thanks!

-- hswoodcutting, "Catchy sayings are fun but I'm in it for the wood."

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 03:54 AM


I commented on your other entry. I have no experience drying vertically, but my dad cut some smaller cherry trees(about 20 inches in diameter), got them cut at the saw mill, and stacked them horizontally himself. He is 80 and got tired before he put weights on the top boards. The top row was so cupped and crooked it was difficult to cut them into fire wood. The lower boards in the stack dried OK.

My experience is that the boards need to dry so they are held straight and cannot move.


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