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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 11-17-2013 12:57 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2013 12:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question trick pecan log drying table mill milling milled angry squirrels

What’s up jocks! I scored some pretty hefty pecan logs and am planning on having them cut into slabs to make tables and what not. I’m going to have them milled pretty thick and the only thing I’m a little bit worried about is the drying process. I don’t on a kiln nor do I have access to one so I’ll be air drying these dudes. Have any of you folks worked with pecan much and if so could you give me some tips or things to do or not do to make the process as painless as possible. How does the wood react while drying? I.e. Warpage,checking, sabotage at the hands of angry renegade squirrels?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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#1 posted 11-17-2013 01:03 AM

Native pecans will do just fine. This is the best time to cut them into slabs and let them dry slow through the Fall/ winter months. The finish on them look best using oil based stuff that soak- in. Since you had them milled thick, I am thinking 4” or so, you will have several years to decide on that. Good luck and post some pictures or what you got so we can drool on it.

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 01:37 AM

Thanks mrjinx. I will definitely post pics.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 02:19 AM

Get some sealant for the ends there are a few out there I use Anchorseal 2 from Woodcraft it helps with the wood not checking. The best way I’ve found to get no checks on air dry stuff is to have it cut let it dry 2-3 days then paint the ends with metal roofing paint and then coat that with Anchorseal I’ve had almost zero checking in any of my boards after 2-3 years of drying 2” material.

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#4 posted 11-17-2013 02:26 AM

Thanks nick

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 03:11 AM

Cut them into slabs and sticker them with about 3/4” strips between them so the air can get all round them. You can coat the ends with Anchor Seal to minimize the cracking/checking.

Jim

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 03:22 AM

Ok Jim, thanks

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 05:19 AM

I have sawn and air dried a lot of pecan. It is a difficult species to dry straight. It wants to crook and wave at the knots. Put your stickers closer together, about 16” apart and that will help.

Powderpost beetles love pecan. They will ruin your wood if they get in it and the wood is not treated.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#8 posted 11-17-2013 05:21 AM

Just remember an old wood worker told me one time that the wood needs to air dry one year for each inch of thicknes of the wood…..

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#9 posted 11-17-2013 01:17 PM

In Georgia, it will air dry much faster than that.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#10 posted 11-17-2013 03:29 PM

Thanks Danny, I went back and searched pecan wood on here and read everything I could. It sounds like you’ve got a good working knowledge of pecan wood. Thanks for sharing. I figure the drying time here in mississippi will be similar to that of GA.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 09:08 PM

https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/mzz6n6p.jpg!

Here’s a few pics of the pecan logs I had slabbed out.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#12 posted 01-25-2014 09:10 PM

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#13 posted 01-25-2014 09:26 PM

Pecan logs . . . yum

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#14 posted 01-25-2014 10:27 PM

RM those slabs are looking good! I’d love to have that stack.

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#15 posted 01-25-2014 10:44 PM

I don’t know if it helps, but ill wrap a ratchet straps around each end and crank it down. It also helps when I bump the pile. If I’m stacking outside it keeps the wind from removing my cover to.

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