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docspencer

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314 days ago

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Had a couple of logs from the woods – one elm and one walnut. The elm was cut this past winter. The walnut was cut at least 7 years ago and has been sitting in the woods. Cut the slabs with my chainsaw – and I found out just how hard it is to cut a straight line!

Quick question – given how old the walnut is, should I stack it for a while or can I start working with it?


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#1 posted 314 days ago

Weigh the slab and let it sit for a few weeks. Weigh it again. When the weight quits changing you can begin to work it. Or buy a moisture meter.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Vern Little

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#2 posted 313 days ago

The walnut was cut at least 7 years ago and has been sitting in the woods. You are 61. Get to working with it, or else kiln dry it. It will outlast you. Will it be a slab still, or something you made out of it.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#3 posted 313 days ago

You do have a point. LOTS of things are going to outlive me. I’m not sure what to do with it. If I thought enough about it, I could have cut it thicker and made a short bench with a single slab. I may incorporate it into a chip and dip tray I’m planning. Sure does smell nice!

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#4 posted 313 days ago

The walnut needs to dry. It is not ready, even after all this time. Logs hold moisture for a very long time. A very long time.

-- Danny, Located in Perry, GA, Forester, Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill

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#5 posted 311 days ago

Likely too wet to use. Even after that much time it will be too moist inside. I’d recommend letting it set for a couple of months.

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#6 posted 311 days ago

Even if it were cut 30 yrs ago, if left in the elements you can either sticker and stack it or kiln dry it.

LOL @ Vern.

-- "My glass aint half empty, or half full....I drank it all." -Me www.kentuckyliveedge.com

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#7 posted 311 days ago

Still looks wet in the pics. Can’t tell how thick you sliced it , but the old saying is about a year per inch of thickness , depending on the drying conditions.

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rustfever

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#8 posted 311 days ago

Logs and stumps do not dry. Only lumber.
The walnut probably has a moisture content of nearly that which it had when it was standing. If you cut it to 3” thick, it will take another 3 to 5 years to dry out to about 10% MC. if you cut to 1” thick, it will be dry next summer.
Just my experience.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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docspencer

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#9 posted 311 days ago

I’m amazed logs hold moisture that long. Thanks for all the feedback guys!

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