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Milling Cherry Logs #2: Cedar and Cherry Logs cut, time to dry

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Blog entry by Matt Pec posted 10-16-2010 02:28 AM 1758 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Milling/Drying a 8' Cherry Log and Some Red Cedar Slabs October 2010 Part 2 of Milling Cherry Logs series no next part

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



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Matt Pec

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 02:30 AM

I got a couple logs cut today, one 9’ Cherry and one smaller 3’ Red Cedar. All 2” slabs and they came out great! Still not sure about best way to dry them but I’m sticking with the old horizontal stack with supports for the Cherry and trying the vertical position for the Cedar. We’ll see if there’s any quality difference. I’d still love to hear from anyone who’s dried green wood vertically.

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 03:45 AM

Hurricane Katrina blew a cherry tree down in my parents back yard. This was a big tree for a cherry, 3 feet in diameter at the base and about 60’ tall. It was about 150 years old by my ring count. I do not understand why loggers did not get it before the subdivision was built 40 years ago.

My son and I took it to the saw mill and had it cut into 4 quarter and 5 quarter boards. We stacked it and let it dry in a building. There was a box fan running in the building, but not pointed directly on the wood because all this wood was causing condensation problems. It took about 6 months to get below 10% moisture but we waited a year to use it.

I have made a lot of beautiful pieces with it. Most boards were 16 inches wide and 10 feet long, 157 of them!

Hope this helps

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 03:47 AM

one more comment

You should use a wood that will discourage mold for the sticking between the boards when you stack the lumber to dry. Cherry will spoil easily. We used cypress because we had it, but cedar will work as will most tropical woods.

good luck

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