|Forum topic by Hoss25||posted 09-18-2013 06:59 AM||972 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
09-18-2013 06:59 AM
So Im a rookie to the woodworking game. I have completed a few pretty basic projects and really enjoy it. However my knowledge and resources are limited right now. A recent search led me to this site and has been useful already. So thank you
Ive been on the hunt for some nice lumber for a potential coffee table and found some rough cut walnut lumber, which has been air drying since the spring, in 4/4 6’x11” and 4’x9.5” sizes.
I ended up buying 7 of the 6’ x 11” boards for $30. So now my questions;
It seems to be a bit lighter than than other black walnut that ive seen. Is this due to not being kiln dried? What is a good way to insure that is in fact black walnut(Ill post pics when I get home)?
Approximately how long will it take for these to get to the correct moisture level?
The boards for the most part are pretty straight. There are a couple that are not. Since I do not have a jointer or planer what is the best route for me to get these to a point where they are ready. I am on a pretty tight budget right now… Sawmill? Hand Planer? Cheaper power tool?
Some useful info- I live in south-eastern PA, just outside of Morgantown, WV. I dont have an exact plan for the table yet, so im not sure how ill need the boards cut.