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Forum topic by FMG posted 02-01-2011 01:50 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2011 01:50 PM

As usual putting the cart before the horse, I hooked up with a guy in PA on CL who has a portable mill. I am looking for some ash and maple to build a bed for my son. I am picking it up on friday (100 bdft ash and 50 bdft of maple). I was so excited at the price and thinking that he was local I committed. Now I realize the lumber is green, far away and have to find a place to dry it. I am of my word so I refuse to bail out of the deal. I also think the price is right. I don’t want the wood to go to waste so I’m looking for suggestions and other things to look for when I go. This is my fist venture to a mill or lumberyard…..I always did learn the hard way, but my best lessons have come from that.

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 02:26 PM

Just do a Google search for air drying green lumber. You will see lots of websites with suggestions on drying lumber. I believe the main thing is to stack the lumber properly and sticker it to allow for air flow on both sides of the boards. Some advocate putting weights such as concrete blocks on the top of the stack to help prevent/minimize warpage. I think you probably still came out ok as far as price for the lumber (assuming it doesn’t cost too much to get it back to you). You might could find someone with a kiln that could be used to dry the lumber, but that could get expensive. You also might want to Google Solar Kiln. This could be an inexpensive way to speed up the drying process a little bit. However, one of the things you want to avoid is drying the lumber too fast. That is what will lead to checks, warpage and case hardening problems that could render the lumber mostly useless. Then you would just have some expensive designer fire wood.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 04:50 PM

When you get lemons, make lemonade. Check out a solar kiln and dry it your self and have some fantastic wood. I saw a video recently and it really is a simple thing.

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 05:58 PM

Check a few of these links out for solar kilns.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 03:43 AM

Sorry to hear about your predicament, small mills usually sell material green (20-40 percent mc), air dried +/- 15 percent mc or kiln dried 6-8 percent mc. Solar kilns are a very good alternative, but take time. If you would like to use the material on the sooner side, I’d suggest finding a small mill/kiln operation close to your location. There is a list of NJ sawyers and dryers at: Dehumidification kiln drying usually runs between 0.30 and 0.40 per bf and takes about 4-6 weeks.

-- Phil

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