|Forum topic by garbonsai||posted 04-04-2013 05:23 PM||1366 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-04-2013 05:23 PM
Okay, so I guess this counts as something of a humble-brag, but over the coming months, I’m going to be getting my hands on quite a lot of Ash. I took down 8 trees last fall that were standing dead for several years, and moved about a dozen 10’ x 18–25” diameter logs to my girlfriend’s father, who has a saw mill he built himself. Last weekend I went over and we milled down one of the logs into 5/4” slabs. Here are the results:
And here’s a few examples of the beautiful grain we unveiled:
My question is this. I used a cheapie moisture meter to test the MC as soon as I brought the slabs in from my truck. Most of the tests registered 30% or higher, as compared to a flat 0% for the wood trim and random construction lumber that’s been in the basement for months or years, depending. A couple of days later, I tested the slabs again, and got a more reasonable reading of 11-15% on the slabs, but the same 0% on everything else (save a few pieces of pallet wood I brought in from the garage, where they’d been for 6 months or so).
Did the original 30% come from condensation or something similar? If I keep these slabs, stickered and stacked, in the walkout basement (average temperature 55° in the winter, 65° in the summer, with a dehumidifier that’s set to kick on when the humidity reaches 40% or higher, which it rarely does except in spring and fall), any rough estimates on how long I’m looking at before I can do something with one or two of them?
I plan on turning the rest of the trees into various sizes of lumber, which I’ll sticker and stack outside, under a couple pieces of roofing. If they’re of the same starting moisture content, and I live mid-Michigan, any idea when they’ll be usable? I’ll probably do most of them in 3/4”-5/4” boards.
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