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#1 posted 07-20-2012 11:01 PM

Any wood can warp, it has to do with internal stresses in the wood. Even wood that has been dried can warp if care is not given to keeping it stored so moisture enters and leaves the wood from both sides at approximately equal rates. This may cause a long discussion, but there is little difference for your application between kiln and air dried wood IF each process is done correctly. Ideally, the wood should be dried to the 6-8% moisture range, then stored in your shop for a few weeks depending on the thickness of the pieces.

If you already have your design in mind, how many BF will you need? What will be the cost of having the tree milled, dried, transported, etc. You can also check to see if there are other vendors close to you that may have a more favorable price.

Finally, not all qswo has the great ray pattern you want. If you have the wood milled you may not get exactly what you want. If you buy it already cut, you can pick and choose (to some extent) so you might end up with less waste and possibly therefore a lower cost.

This advice is worth what you paid for it. :)

-- Art

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