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#1 posted 08-25-2012 10:31 PM

A lot of what happens to nice timber depends on where the section came from. Much of what you get on an outer fast growing stick is open grain on the side to weather, if the lumber comes from a branch, you get an underside which has compression and a top side of the branch with stretching, always go for the butt of the tree north side and the heaviest tightest grain.

The open side with run out will dry faster than the other side if the grain there is tighter, so its a try and see which method will work, I would opt for taking off the side with most compression so it can relax back.

If the timber is air dried and sticked well it has more time to settle, the quarters will be the steadiest and the top in the most air the one that will move the most.

I only use air dried and steer clear of kiln dried because most modern setup’s don’t cater for quality, just quantity and leach most of the natural sugars out from between the X Phloem or bast where the grain is open.

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