|Forum topic by Brett||posted 08-25-2011 06:45 PM||1132 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
08-25-2011 06:45 PM
I’m contemplating making a new bench top out of southern yellow pine construction lumber. My plan is to buy some 2×10s or 2×12s at a home center, cut them to lengths of 6 or 7 feet, and let them dry for a while. After they are dry, I will rip them down to about 4 or 5 inches wide and trim off the rounded corners.
Pretty standard stuff, except that everything I’ve read says that SYP can warp badly depending on how it’s stored while drying and how it is cut. (Schwarz says that drying them on edge can help.)
How long should I let the boards dry? Would it be better to let the boards dry thoroughly before I rip them to width, or should I rip them right after I bring them home? What is a good plan of attack to minimize the warping and the amount of hand-planing I’ll have to do? When I rip them, should I also rip a little off both edges (to remove the rounded corners and exposed new wood on both edges)? Any suggestions?
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