|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 04-06-2011 09:04 PM||958 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-06-2011 09:04 PM
This chair I’m building has been nothing but problems so far. Anyway, I just picked up my wood (walnut) from a local sawmill for the front/back legs and armrests on Monday. It’s a full 2 3/8 thick, so I have some planing down to do. Even still, I rough cut out my blanks last night, and was concerned at some points because my bandsaw was cutting terribly slow. I eventually figured it out – wet wood. I saw him test it, and it came out at 8%, but due to the thickness the center is obviously damp. I don’t have a way to actually measure the real moisture level though.
So, now what do I do? I already have the blanks cut out. I called the guy back, he apologized, but did some searching for me and thought I’d be find if I just go ahead and use it. I’m obviously nervous that it’ll warp and twist on me during machining/drying – or worse – after the chair is done it could split in half! I could have a friend put it in an over at 140 degrees for a few days to dry it out, but would I risk the wood cracking/checking from drying too fast?
I’m under a time crunch, so I don’t have too much time to wait it out – so now what? Is there anything I can do? Can I use it like it is and be fine? Thoughts?
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN