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#1 posted 03-29-2011 09:06 PM

I may have an idea, most of the time, people let these sit on the ground. This doesn’t work, the mills that I know that let it sit, will do this for up to 2 years before cutting. It is better to cut it, sticker it, and let it air dry for about 2-3 seasons before kiln drying. If it is a 12/4×12” piece of white oak, let it air dry for 2 years. Always cover from the elements and sunlight and allow good air movement.

The premise of sealing the ends is to slow the drying and allow the process evenly from all sides. with end grain open, the wood can check up to 6” down the board.

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