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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 01-21-2013 09:16 PM 1293 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardwootton

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01-21-2013 09:16 PM

I got a text today from the sawyer to let me know the Black Walnut I had him mill is done and ready for pickup. For $1.20 a board foot I’m pretty freaking excited. Now all I have to do is wait a YEAR before I can use any of it!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 09:44 PM

for a buck and change i think id send it out to get kiln dried just so i could use it and not have to stare at it for a year lol.

Nice score. Im sure youve got projects swimming through your head.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 11:50 PM

You know I do! I have been trying to find some one that operates a kiln in the central Arkansas area, but I keep getting the same answer, “It looks like you’ll have to air dry it.” I might try building a makeshift kiln in our extra storage area to speed up the process a bit.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 01:08 AM

nice score on the wood.you can drop some of it off by my house if you like.lol.

i love black walnut,iwant to buy some one day and build a project.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 02:41 AM

I’d wait the year; when I first started woodworking I looked at the walnut at the two local lumber stores and thought it looked ugly, even bought a piece and tossed it after really not liking the look of it even cut up. Yet the pieces I’ve gotten from pallets has all looked good. Local ww told me that kiln drying if not done perfectly causes the color to darken and blend but thbat air drting allows the true grain color to come through.
He actually let’s his logs season for 3 years before cutting it and he does have the prettiest walnut I’ve ever seen. He still dries for almost a year after the cutting as well.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 07:30 PM

Derosa, I have heard the same thing about Walnut, so I’m definitely planning on letting it dry slowly. Luckily one of our lumber suppliers has Walnut that’s been kiln dried and still looks really good. I can’t wait to pick it up and stick and stack it!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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WDHLT15

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 03:11 AM

Here in Georgia, 1” walnut dries much faster than one year. It will dry in half that time or less. I have air dried 15,000 BF of walnut. The moisture meter does not lie.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 10:56 PM

WDHLT15,

I am in the Central Arkansas area so I’m wondering if our climates are similar enough that mine will dry at roughly the same rate. I would be very happy if it dried in less time than a year. I also need to go get a moisture meter.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Post_Oakie

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 02:16 PM

Nice looking stack of wood! In your photo, the boards are what we call “dead stacked”. You should get some 3/4” to 1” thick spacers between the layers, about 20” apart so that air can circulate evenly around the pieces. The bottom piece should be at least 4” off the floor, or 6” off the bare ground with a tarp under the bottom spacer. Keep it in an area where air can circulate around it (or use a fan, if indoors), and out of the sun & rain. That year will go by before you know it! Moisture meter is your friend.

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 07:58 PM

Thanks for the heads up Post_oakie, that’s how they stacked it at the mill and I can’t pick it up until Sunday or Monday otherwise I’d already have it sticked and stacked. Man I can’t wait to go pick it up!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Post_Oakie

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#10 posted 01-24-2013 08:18 PM

You’re welcome. By the way, we’re practically neighbors! I’m in southwest MO, about 20 miles south of Joplin. Let me know if you’re going to be up this way, and I’ll let you play with my sawmill.

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 09:38 PM

That would be awesome! I dream of having a mill someday.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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WDHLT15

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 01:16 AM

richard,

Walnut is a fast drying species. If you keep the stack about 4’ wide, the 4/4 (1” boards) will dry in much less than a year to 12 – 15% moisture in your Arkansas climate. I would estimate about 6 months if you have good air flow. It will take 8/4 (2”) almost twice as long.

Good air flow is paramount. Don’t stack it inside a closed building or right up against a wall.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 06:07 PM

Thanks for the info. This is my first time to air dry green lumber, but that’s pretty much how I stack my other lumber piles. It’ll be stacked in a covered car port with plenty of circulation.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 07:31 PM

Great price for some really nice looking wood. People up in northern WI do not appreciate Walnut as much as they should :P

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 08:16 PM

We appreciate walnut here in Missouri, too… makes good kindling!

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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