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06-13-2018 02:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: air dry black walnut newbee

Hello

- I have been reading everything i can find about air drying black walnut. We are clearing a site for a new home and had to take down a black walnut. My nephew owns a sawmill and has offered to kiln dry the wood, however I have read that air drying preserves the color best…. and I hate to bother my nephew since they are so busy with orders. The logs were cut two weeks ago. Because i only have the one tree, which isn’t huge, someone with a portable sawmill offered to let me bring him my logs when he was close by, only charging me per board foot, and not for the minimum. I am taking him the logs tomorrow, and will bring them home same day.

I live in northwest Georgia. It is very hot right now with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and high humidity. We have a metal barn that we can use to stack the boards. Would it be better to stack in the barn or outside?

I have sealed the ends, will use stickers to separate… and thought about weighing down with concrete blocks placed inside a plastic bag to prevent concrete dust from getting on the boards.

The wood will be used to make a farmhouse table top (and maybe benches if I have enough wood)

The person making my table has said that if i mill to 1.75 inches I will have enough board to plain and make a nice table.

I understand that it will take a long time to dry… that’s ok, we are many, many, months away from having a house to put it in anyway.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!


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#1 posted 06-13-2018 02:19 PM

do you have access to air in barn ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 02:21 PM

I air dried approximately 800 BF of Black Walnut in my barn in WNY a few years ago. I placed the boards on pallets and left enough space to next to the pile to restack it. I used 1” stickers to keep the boards apart. Every 2 months I would restack the boards turning them over into the new pile. It took about 3 years to dry them enough to be used. I had no warping or curling. I hope this helps!

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 02:25 PM

Thanks for the reply’s. We do have the metal barn… right now it is packed with everything we own while we build our house…. we can find space – where there is a will there is a way!

I went to the Big Orange Box yesterday. All they had was 1/2×1 and 2×2. I was afraid that the 1/2 would not allow enough air movement so I got the 2×2.

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 02:40 PM

sounds great……. try and get some air moving now……. and sounds like your set…… im thinking maybe 2 years drying time or more :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 02:55 PM

Awesome!! So exclaimed to see them cut!!!

Thanks!!!!!

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 03:07 PM

Sounds like a plan. Weights are ok. You can also use cargo straps to bind the stack together.

Stickers need to be no less than 1” thick. Ask the sawyer if he can make some for you when he mills wood.

VERY IMPORTANT: Set up a level and sturdy base at least 8” off the ground. I use concrete blocks on top of 4” thick pads with 4×4’s across. I use a string and level to make sure everything is perfectly flat.

You will also need to address the insect issue. Various ways to do that, but I just periodically spread some sevin dust or diazinon around and throw some between the boards.

Good idea to lay a sheet of 6 mil plastic on ground down under the stack.

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 03:10 PM

Great ideas!! Thanks!!!

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 05:18 PM

everything rwe2156 mentioned is spot on

personally, I like boracare on wood that I’d put an especially high value on like walnut. I’d go with the version with mold prevention if stacking “indoors.” If it’s a barn that’s open on the sides then this is less important.

Also, i wouldn’t hesitate to stack it outside if you’re hurting for space in the barn. It may take a little extra time to level the base right but the open air will dry it more quickly. Just get something to put on the top to keep the bulk of the rain off.

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 06:10 PM

One thing I don’t see mentioned, but I always do is to make sure you brush or broom off all or as much as possible {no real reason you cant get it all} the dust that will be all over the boards when you get them back. Band mills leave a lot of fine dust all over the wood when cut this way. I have one, saw a lot of logs and deal with this same issue.
You want the dust gone from the wood before you stack it to dry. Saw dust holds moisture, promotes mold and can, at the very least, discolor the wood….none of which you want. Best of luck with the wood.

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 06:29 PM

Thanks everyone…. lots to think about!

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#11 posted 06-16-2018 12:15 AM

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Hope pictures work!

Good Evening!!!  

My logs were milled today and I LOVE them!!! I talked my better half into setting up a “babysitting” station.  Using the advice I received here we ensured the blocks were level and stacked with stickers for spacing.  We have two stacks, side by side (with a space between them).  We strapped down the stacks in several areas.  We placed some time over the top. I am going to put some seven dust as advised. 

Question – is the tin hanging over to much?  Want to protect from rain, but also want air to get in…..
Should the straps be tightened every couple of weeks, or sooner? Should we rotate every couple of months?
Once our house is built we will move the wood inside the barn or our basement.  
I love this wood!!!  When sweeping off the boards I probably drove my husband crazy with the constant “wow!! Look at the colors in this one!!!” 

I love even the one with more white area….  if I don’t have enough wood… I’m thinking about using these for my benches.  
Thanks for all the help!!!

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#12 posted 06-16-2018 12:40 AM

Ok…. have spent 30 minutes trying to copy a link from photobucket….. it will not let me copy the link,... i changed my profile picture to the photo of the stack with the tin cover,

Thanks everyone

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#13 posted 06-16-2018 01:26 AM

I think you can skip the photobucket and just insert a picture into your forum post. Click the “img” button just above the forum input box and it will let you browse to your picture and then insert it. It won’t show you the picture you inserted until you preview or submit the post.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#14 posted 06-16-2018 01:35 AM

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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#15 posted 06-16-2018 01:36 AM

-- Nancy. ~~ I believe that kids should be kids as long as they can....and most people are good!

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