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02-02-2016 12:00 AM

ve read and looked at many projects this forum. I have been moved to post because i recently won 8 white oak logs on an online auction. My questions are about drying this lumber. I currently have it under a bridge out of the elements and sunlight. I stickered the piles with 3/4×1” pine. I am wondering if my set looks okay and if anyone has advice to give a first timer in the drying process. I anchorsealed all the ends of the log. The 6/4 dimensional lumber inThe picture will be used for raised garden beds so I am wondering what the best mositure content is for outdoor use? The other stack is 8/4 and 6/4 slabs that I am sure I can find a use for down the road. I also had a log that I think is curly white oak. I was hoping someone wiser and more experienced could provide some insight. This piece had a tremendous amount of pressure when we were milling so we left it as( 2)16/4 beams that are 10” wide by about 7 ft. I figured it would probably get squirrely drying but would be able to remill in 3 years or so?

Just to summarize I am wondering
1. best air drying methods for white oak that is 6/4 8” wide that will be used for raised garden beds outdoor

2. Any advice for a first timer air dying white oak.

3. Are some of these boards curly?

4. Are pine stickers ok to use?

Sorry for the jumbled post but any advice is appreciated. I don’t want to ruin this lumber.


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#1 posted 02-02-2016 12:24 AM

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 12:27 AM

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 12:38 AM

Pine stickers are fine. Add some weight or straps to help keep the boards flat. For outdoor use, you can have relatively wet wood. They are going to go up and down anyway with the RH. Looks kind of curly at least in one pic. Those 8/4 slabs would take a year or two to get to furniture use moisture content, assuming it was green to start. That would be around 10% – 15% depending where you are. The pressure may indicate it was a leaning tree. Was the log curved? There may be some pros along to give further insight.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 12:43 AM

Thanks for the insight Bill. I like the strap idea. Im trying to get a picture of the dimensional stuff uploaded.

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 12:47 AM

Just a tip, the maximum width is 640 pixels for your pics. I think yours are being cut off because they’re too wide. If you upload the pics through the LJ interface, it’ll automatically resize them. Otherwise it’s on you to make sure they’ll display correctly.

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