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Forum topic by myxology posted 07-02-2016 01:05 AM 459 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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myxology

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07-02-2016 01:05 AM

In another post a couple of weeks ago I asked if I was missing anything on how I was going to build this table. I got some great feedback and have taken all that into consideration. What I’m not sure on is wood drying time. I bought all of my boards today but it is just douglas fir that has not been kiln dried. So I’m guessing it needs to be dried out. My question: How long does it really need to dry before I can use it? And would the drying time be different if I were going to use a different construction technique, say for example, I was going to do it picnic table style where the boards would be separated instead of glued up and flattened? I posted a sketchup photo of the table again just to show the type of table. My main question is just about drying time for the boards.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 07-02-2016 04:33 AM

It all depends on your climate and how thick the boards are and how they are stored. There is no definitive answer. Boards for furniture are dried down to 8% moisture content. Stack, sticker and wait.

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#2 posted 07-02-2016 09:30 AM

moisture meters are not expensive. dry 6-10%. check for movement.

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#3 posted 07-02-2016 02:26 PM

Stack, sticker an WEIGHT IT DOWN! Doug fir is notorious for twisting as it dries.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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myxology

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#4 posted 07-02-2016 03:40 PM

Thanks for the feedback everybody. Gene, how would you suggest I weight it down? Bricks on the topmost layer or something like that?

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 05:10 PM

I’d use 1X1 stickers every foot. Then place the weights on the top board, centered on each sticker. Try for 6-8lbs per sticker. If you use bricks or concrete blocks, you’ll want to protect the top board…scraps of carpet or towels should be good enough.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 12:20 AM

Lay a row of stickers on your top board, then lay a 2×6 on top of those stickers, and lay concrete blocks on the 2×6s. Keep your stack out of direct sunlight and keep the air circulating with a small fan.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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