LumberJocks

air drying beech

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by martin007 posted 10-12-2010 04:44 PM 1479 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View martin007's profile

martin007

141 posts in 2428 days


10-12-2010 04:44 PM

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, Qu├ębec


2 replies so far

View tnwood's profile

tnwood

200 posts in 1740 days


#1 posted 10-13-2010 02:38 PM

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.

View barlow's profile

barlow

129 posts in 2393 days


#2 posted 10-14-2010 11:07 PM

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase