|Forum topic by EastoftheDitch||posted 04-28-2011 05:25 PM||1121 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-28-2011 05:25 PM
I’ve been away a while but since my last post I have built an open shelter in the back yard, using a side board on board privacy fence as the back wall and the front fence as another side. The other two sides are open. It’s 18×6 which should hold more than I can use at least for now. I also picked up 150 bf of 4/4 and 8/4 roughsawn cherry. Now what to do with it.
My plan is to stack it on PT 4×4s 36-42” apart level in both directions. I’ve read somewhere that I should have it at least 12” above the ground for air to get underneath. That could be a hassle, but certainly worth it if it REALLY matters.
I will separate the layers with cypress slats from the old fence. They are ~ 1/2” thick so I thought I better double them up to give enough space between layers – or would 1/2” be enough?
I’‘ve also read that you shouldn’t use pine as slat material as the resins could stain the cherry. This has aged for several years if that is enough, or the other thought was to wrap them in saran wrap to seal them before placing them on the cherry.
The material had been down for a couple of years but was recently sawn into planks. The moisture content measures between 26 and 28. I am in HUMID Jacksonville Beach Florida so I wonder if air drying is even possible. I’m tempted to assist drying with a fan to keep air moving but am also concerned that if it happens it could lead to checking and other problems. It defiantly will not get any direct sun.
Now we get really crazy.
Not knowing any better, and being basically frugal ( a nice word for cheap) I’d like to use as much of the material as possible. I’ve heard of using tinted epoxy or water putty to fill voids and blemishes and then plane it smooth.
Another question is that where the ends are split – could I inject some glue in the crack then clamp it together and use the wood instead of just cutting it off?
I have two projects planned for the wood. Some simple bookshelves for my soon to be wife’s office. Saturday the 30th is our big day. The other is the Fine woodworking New Fangled Workbench. I should have enough but at $.65/bf even I can afford to waste a bit. The plan is to bring the wood inside while we are away on our honeymoon but I also would like to know how low the moisture should be before I begin working with it. As I said it measures 26-28 now.
That’s my brain dump for the day and any advice/ suggestions/ war stories of mistakes you might have made that I could avoid would be most appreciated. I’m past being too proud and don’t have time left to make all the mistakes on my own.
Thanks in Advance