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Posted on Drying thick trunk slabs

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 04:36 PM

I maybe should have been more clear with my cracking point. I had dried some pieces in my friend’s oven previously, and when they cracked, the board essentially split in two. Some radial cracks will not make me loose any sleep, as long as the piece doesn’t fall in half. As some mentioned, the cracks can give character. Depending on the size, I could epoxy them, or put in a bowtie, inlay some turquoise, etc. Lots of options.

I was looking for the most effective way to dry these pieces. It looks like I’ll have to clear out a spot in my garage, stack and sticker them. I’ll look into coating the surface to help keep cracks to a minimum, but it will happen, such is life.

How would these kiln dry? Kilns don’t take an inch per year, right? Is there any safe way to rig something up to help them dry faster? I know I won’t be working these any time soon, but if I can do something to these so I can work them in a year instead of two it might be worth it.

My “flattening” cut = I have a router sled made so I can flatten out large pieces of rough-cut lumber. (poor-mans giant planer) For example, one cookie is 6” thick on one side, and 4” on the other. I can hog off a bunch of material, bring total thickness down to 4” to help it dry. It won’t stay completely flat during drying, so after dry I’ll face it again to make it flat.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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