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Bill7255

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12-02-2015 05:28 PM

I got a good deal on some rough sawn cherry. It has been outside under some metal roof panels for years. Brought it home and cutoff ends where there was any evidence of decay. I have it in my workshop now, The workshop has radiant floor heat.

How long should I let it set before using?

Got about a 130 board feet for $30. Mostly 4/4 and a few pieces thinner. All 12-13” wide. On piece over 8/4.

-- Bill R


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#1 posted 12-02-2015 05:31 PM

Sticker it for a week and check with a moisture meter?

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 07:19 PM

Before you sticker it I would do some checking first.

I see what looks like mold on some of the boards (not a good thing). This plus the fact there is some rot that tells you it was a moist environment.

Rapping on it with a hammer will tell you something about it.

I would also clean it up with a stiff broom and skip plane it.

Hopefully there is more usable wood than not.

Whatever wood you’ve selected out.

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 10:40 PM

Thanks for the replies. I cutoff all the ends and the wood was solid. The moisture content is 11% average. Other wood in my shop is around 7%. There is not any mold on it that I can tell. Some of it has bark edges. I’ll join/plane a piece tomorrow. He had it off the ground and stickered, but outside with ends exposed under the metal roof panels.

-- Bill R

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 11:39 PM

130 board feet for $30! you get a YOU SUCK! award. flooring guys say 2weeks. But that is kiln dried stuff.

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 01:50 PM

did ya check the mc on the fresh cut ends or on the surface?
i think its all junk and should be donated to the TOM foundation- a non profit organizaton helping woodworkers in my shop named Tom.

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 05:32 PM

Must be junk so I put it on the burn pile to save you the trouble. The mc on the fresh cut end is 11%, cut off about 6”. It is the same mc on the surface after planing. Here is a picture of one that has been joined/planed. Took about 0.125 off joining and planing and ended up with 0.825 thickness. Very solid.

-- Bill R

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#7 posted 12-03-2015 07:36 PM

I am clearing some acreage that has quite a bit of old, dead, standing mesquite trees on it. Most of the small branches have been cut over the years for firewood leaving behind some really unique trunks. The trunks vary in degrees of twisted, hollowed, lightning struck, etc… I am looking for an outlet to sell these great pieces. I feel these pieces are much too unique to turn into firewood. Any information on possible outlets that might be interested in acquiring such wood, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 07:53 PM



I am clearing some acreage that has quite a bit of old, dead, standing mesquite trees on it. Most of the small branches have been cut over the years for firewood leaving behind some really unique trunks. The trunks vary in degrees of twisted, hollowed, lightning struck, etc… I am looking for an outlet to sell these great pieces. I feel these pieces are much too unique to turn into firewood. Any information on possible outlets that might be interested in acquiring such wood, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

- crazydave

You should start a new topic to get an answer to your question. Unlikely to get the information you want in this thread.


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#9 posted 12-04-2015 01:59 AM

It will need 4 – 6 weeks to acclimate. Make sure that it is stickered so air can reach all sides of the boards.

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 02:01 AM

All I can say is What a find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You found a treasure!!

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#11 posted 12-04-2015 02:10 PM

Yeaaah,,,, I’ll hafta agree. You DO SUCK !
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#12 posted 12-04-2015 03:14 PM

I haven’t found any good deals like that lately, but I have in the past.

I got 500 board feet of 8/4 oak, 11” wide and 16 ft long, barn dried for 15 years. Delivered and carried into my barn loft (I helped) for $0.50 / bd ft.

I got a 4×8 trailer load of cabinet grade plywoods (walnut, cherry, oak, etc..), MDF core of mentioned and hardwood lumber. Stacked so high we had to make sides to fit it all. $200. To this day I cringe when I remove a sheet because I know how expensive it will be to replace it. ;)

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#13 posted 12-04-2015 04:41 PM

WOW thats a good deal. Me personally, I’d hit all the boards with either some light TSP in a spray bottle to kill the mold and sticker for a few weeks minimum. Then take a board skif plane and watch how it acts. If it’s pretty ok then go for it.

Lucky dude!

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#14 posted 12-04-2015 07:09 PM



WOW thats a good deal. Me personally, I d hit all the boards with either some light TSP in a spray bottle to kill the mold and sticker for a few weeks minimum. Then take a board skif plane and watch how it acts. If it s pretty ok then go for it.

Lucky dude!

- bonesbr549

Thanks, I will get some TSP and do that. Don’t really see any mold, but you never know. The board I did plane has not moved overnight. MC was 8% today down from the initial 11%. Looks like I will get some nice wood out of this. I think since my pole barn is radiant floor heat this type of heat will help. I have it stickered on the floor now.

-- Bill R

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 12:40 AM

Cherry dries pretty fast. Stack and sticker it in the heated shop, and run some fans over it. A household dehumidifier will speed things along, but is not critical when you are starting at 11% M.C.

Keep an eye on the moisture content over the next few weeks. I would let it get down to 8% or less before milling, otherwise you will get some warping on wider flatsawn boards.

A good moisture meter like a mini-ligno makes a difference. I started with a cheap little moisture meter and it was +/- 5% on readings in the same board. The mini-ligno is much more reliable.

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