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Posted on air drying black walnut

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 10:27 PM

Walnut is real easy to dry so that will make it easier. I cut a fair amount of walnut since I live in walnut country, a fan blowing on it will help keep mold from forming. I would coat the ends as it will help some on the end checks. I use Anchorseal but despite what folks claim it will still check some that is why when you saw logs for lumber they cut logs 8’6” so you can account for checks and defects. That will usually catch most of the checking. The limb wood thing is dependent on the limb. If the pith is centered in the log/branch they behave pretty well if not then they can sometimes act up. I won’t say which sticker thickness is best I use 3/4 hardwood stickers for my stuff and haven’t had any trouble yet but 1” would work as well. It really isn’t rocket science and walnut is very forgiving for first timers, (harder on basswood or maple or white oak) so stack it and you will be well on your way to using your own lumber.

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