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Forum topic by Jofa posted 10-21-2013 11:34 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2013 11:34 PM

Hey LJ’s.

Occasionally I come across a customer who is cutting up some trees and they’re nice enough to bring me some pieces.

I recently got Sassafras but it was freshly cut so I’m not going to use it for a while. The other day I had someone come in with a really nice log of Red Oak. It’s about 20” tall and about 16” in diameter. I’m actually thinking of splitting it and making those two halves into legs for a coffee table. Got some smaller logs as well. He said the tree was down for over a year.

Typically how do you guys dry your cut logs? I would think keeping them in the shed is probably a good idea as opposed to outside but how long do you wait? Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 11:57 PM

I wait until the moisture content is under 15% or so, then bring it into the shop to continue drying down to 10% or less. At that point here in central Texas it is usable usually.

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 03:25 PM

Red oak is very porous, in this case making it a quicker-than-typical drying wood. A shed would be good once split, I’d give it another 6 months outside then another 3-4 months inside (where it will be staying) to be useable. A lot depends on its environment, if it was down a year and under leaves and brush, maybe double the time in the shed.

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