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Forum topic by WhiskeyCreek posted 10-22-2015 05:20 AM 891 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2015 05:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question slabs cypress tip drying lumber

Hey Guys
I am in a corner. I have been commissioned to build a table for a winery out of cypress. When we started I had dry cypress but through a lack in there response time I lost it. At this point I was already paid the deposit and started welding the frame for the table. My sawyer has more cypress, but to dry it will take way too long. A woodworker himself he informs me that cypress can be used green and will not move all that much. This goes against everything I have ever learned about wood and it scares me. At minimum I would like the wood to be at the FSP point, but I can’t be sure of that. The table will be about 12’ long and 4 1/2’ wide, with a width of 3”. I plan on putting lag bolts through the metal base and into the wood because it will be used for outdoor use and in the elements. Does anybody have any info of cypress slabs and if they are ok to be used green. I know that it is best to use lumber at beyond on FSP point, but I am under a huge time crunch.

-- Whiskey Creek Woodmill & Co.

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 05:52 AM

Charge the deposit off to the customer and buy dry cypress elsewhere.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 01:22 PM

Dont experiment with your customers Dime.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 01:23 PM

No they are just like any other wood. They hold alot of water and can be very very wet when sawn depending on weather conditions when cut. If you can somehow get 1/4 sawn you might get away with it.

The only other thing I can think of is find somebody who can kiln dry it for you.

If you can’t do that I wouldn’t want this coming back on me so either convince them to change the wood or get some dried cypress.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 05:55 PM

Sorry I misread the deposit part last night, disregard my comment about it. But I still recommend buying dry cypress.

-- Rick M,

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