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Forum topic by alexdom_89 posted 08-19-2012 02:07 AM 822 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2012 02:07 AM

I came across a lot. Being cleaned out of ebony so I stopped in and picked some logs up ranging from 24”-36” long and 8”-10” in diameter nice brown colors in them.how should I go about drying them and storing them in this south Texas heat?


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#1 posted 08-19-2012 02:16 AM

Awesome. I love Texas ebony.

I’m no expert, but I’d start by removing the bark, cutting them into 2” planks (starting in the center so you can remove the pith), sealing the ends, and stickering the planks. You might want to put something heavy on top to keep everything straight.

If you’re air-drying them, the rule is 1 year per inch of exposed wood, so 2” planks will dry in a year, more or less. Keep them out of the rain and limit the temperature swings. After it’s dry, you can mill the planks to final dimensions.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 02:25 AM

Well here in south tx I have nothing but weather changes along with humidity threw the roof so its a bit complicated

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 02:31 AM

Maybe a DIY lightbulb kiln?

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 04:37 AM

Seal the end grain with Anchorseal, or equivelant. Actually, what I have done with Tx Ebony, is put it under my bed in the house, still on stickers. The temp extremes are eliminated at that point. Just make sure it’s bug free wood first.

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