|Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust||posted 09-14-2010 05:59 PM||3222 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
09-14-2010 05:59 PM
Later this week I’m supposed to pick up a cherry tree from a guy that posted it on CraigsList. The tree died this spring. It was limbed earlier this year, and he is going to drop the trunk this week. He said it is about 20 ft tall, and 12-14 inches. I want to keep it as long as possible, so I will cut it in half, yielding 2 roughly 10 foot logs.
There is a sawmill that I can take it to for milling into lumber then I will air dry it at home.
I am thinking I will have the logs flat sawn. I don’t have any specific plans for this wood yet (I have to wait for it to dry anyway) but I’m thinking of having some of it milled at 6/4 and 5/4 for a table top, or something. Of course there will be some 4/4 as well.
Does anybody have any recommendations of doing something different, or is this a good approach? This is my first foray into milling lumber from scratch.
I’ve read a number of posts here about air drying lumber and the rule of thumb is 1 year of air drying for each inch of thickness. I live on the front range of Colorado where a “humid” day is 40-50% humidity. Can I expect a shorter drying time here, or do I need to take precautions to prevent the wood from drying too quickly in this climate? I plan to paint the ends of the boards with some latex paint before stacking it.