Maybe That Storm Wasn’t So Bad!!!

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This summer we had a bad storm come through and rip up a bunch of trees around my house. I collected all the nice size logs from the pine and oak to have milled up. I recently got them back from my local sawmill. 800 BF pine 2 bys as well as 4/4 & 8/4 slabs and 300 BF of 4/4 & 8/4 slabs. Some board are up to 16” wide and up to 15’ long. One thing I wish I had done was cut all the logs to the same length which would have made stack and stickering a lot easier. I guess hind sight it always 20/20 though. Now all I have to do is watch it dry.

I have read a lot on drying lumber and the consensus is 1 year per inch for furniture types pieces, 10% MC range. What if I was going to be using the 2 bys for rough framing or siding for a shed/barn? Do they need to be as dry for something like this?

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 11:35 PM

Looks like good fortune fell your way ;-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 11:40 PM

Looks like a good haul. 8-10% is good!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 11:44 PM

No they do not need to be as dry as for furniture. The Amish actually use fresh cut trees for the timber framing and the siding they use for all their building. With the exception of flooring of course. Ive actually watch a guy down the road use a chain saw mill to cut boards for his barn. After he cut the guys a few, they would slap them right on the barn. That was about 3 years ago and the oak is just now starting to get some beautiful patina. Hope this helps

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 11:52 PM

Great haul.
It would have been a waste to not have it cut into board.
If you are framing with the oak I would recommend using it green.
It is much easier to drive a nail in green oak.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 12:05 AM

Framing lumber is usually sold at 19% MC.

-- Tom

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#6 posted 12-20-2011 02:51 AM

I see a whole house full of furniture under that tarp and the some wood left over.

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 03:16 AM


-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 04:03 AM

Get a cheap moisture meter like the general MMD4E which is about $30. You might be surprised how fast the pine will get down to >20%. Also Depending on your local weather you may have much faster drying on your hardwood.
If you want to use some of the Oak sooner you can accellerate the drying by storing it in a heated place like your shop, or basement as long as the humidity in those places are low. I have some 4/4 white birch that went down to 15% mc in a little over a month in a basement with a fan on it. Have fun using that stuff up!

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#10 posted 12-20-2011 09:26 AM

That must’ve been some storm!


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#11 posted 12-20-2011 02:02 PM

I think that I am going to invest in a moisture meter now. Rockler has one on sale now. Iam also going to put few boards in the garage to see if i can get an early start on one of the many projects i have planned!

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#12 posted 12-20-2011 03:52 PM

If you have a lowes local you can get the meter that is a little better for ten bucks more than the rockler one. Either one should be effective so its up to you. Make sure that you weight them really good in the shop as the faster drying will make them move more. I like to flip the stack after a couple of weeks too if there are only a couple of boards too.

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#13 posted 12-20-2011 03:54 PM

Who knew storms could be such a blessing. Good haul.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#14 posted 12-20-2011 05:14 PM

Thanks for the tips JayCop. I’ll give the General a shot and let you know how it works for me.

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#15 posted 12-20-2011 06:25 PM

I can’t tell in the photos, so I apologize if you have already done so, but make sure to paint the ends to minimize checking.

Great haul!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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