|Forum topic by Kishmack||posted 01-24-2013 12:55 PM||1706 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-24-2013 12:55 PM
Hey guys, new to the forum. I just picked up two very nice 8/4×18” x 8’ walnut slabs for $50 each, a steal if you ask me. The issue I’m having is that they’re green, cut a week ago. My brothers getting married in May and I was going to use them to make a table for him. I’ve read a lot about kiln and air drying lumber and it seems like it takes a long time. I called a local mill and they said they could kiln dry it and have it ready in 10 weeks, sound about right? I was also wondering if I could air dry them in my basement with a fan and a dehumidifier and how long that would take. My basement is dry and maintained at about 67 degrees.
The slabs are temporarily stacked and stickered outside under a carport in the very cold Michigan winter we are having right now. The ends were sealed at the mill and I’m getting about 23% moisture content on my meter.
My main question is what’s the quickest way to get this wood dry? They will be table legs supporting a concrete top.
Thank you for any advice you have.