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Posted on Is it possible to adequately air dry 8/4 lumber?

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 10:33 PM

It depends on a lot of variables, but for the most part you should be okay. They should air dry just fine, provided the mc in the basement is the same as the rest of the house; if it’s warm down there you should be okay. The cherry is the wild card, it likes to crack and has more of a tendancy to attract and harbor bugs. The walnut will be forgiving, but the sap wood on both will invite bugs of all sorts especially ants. If you plan on using the live edges in your project you should get the kiln work done soon; if not, cut it off and get rid of it. I’d pressure wash the bark off if you keep the sapwood on. The heartwood is generally safe. There are many opinions on when and how to kiln dry, mine is to let it air dry 6 months to a year then kiln dry/sterilize it down to a couple percentage points lower mc than you expect the wood to be in after you use it.

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