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Forum topic by martin007 posted 1387 days ago 1443 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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martin007

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1387 days ago

Hi

I have access to a beech log and I would like to air dry it. Mostly some small square blanks for plane making, and probably some boards also.

I have heard that beech is very difficult to air dry. Anybody had success doing it? If so any tips?

I will seal it’s end with anchorseal, and store it in an unheated shed, but is this suffissiant

thanks

Martin

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec


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tnwood

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#1 posted 1386 days ago

I would recommend you have the log milled as soon as possible. It will take forever to dry a log of any size and any checking, cracking will just be worse with the log compared to lumber. If you have to store it, Anchorseal the ends and remove the bark. Keep it off the ground and under cover with lots of air circulation. I don’t have any direct experience with beech but I have also heard it dries slowly.

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#2 posted 1385 days ago

Beech is very very hard to dry, steaming it turns it a pinkish color and makes it easier to kiln dry, I’ve rejected several loads (11,000 bd ft to the load) of beech over the yrs due to severe checking, which was all professionally kiln dried. When beech checks it usually just about pulls itself apart, and goes straight throug. I wouldn’t invest much money into it.

-- barlow

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