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#1 posted 06-12-2012 03:59 AM

Watch the area around the pith (center of the log). If it is included in a board, I think it is best to have it in the middle of the thickness. Wood near the pith (juvenile wood) is not as stable as wood further out.

Painting the ends of logs as soon as they are cut is a good idea as it reduces drying thru end grain (about 10x that of side grain).

Some woods will twist a bit during drying – not necessarily a showstopper (especially for turning) but resawing too thin might mean a milled piece will be too thin.

Air drying is safer than kiln drying. Do the latter wrong and it could ruin the wood (casehardening etc).

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