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Forum topic by 12strings posted 11-17-2013 07:35 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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11-17-2013 07:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: syp workbench

I just got some Southern Yellow pine 2×10’s form the home center for a workbench build, I cut it into 5-foot lengths and and stickered it to dry. How much time should I wait until I start building?

It is advertised as “kiln-dried” which in reality means “pretty wet.”

Keep in mind this is drying in my garage, and the bench will stay in my non-heated, non-AC garage.

Thanks for any advice.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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Rick M.

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 11:11 PM

I would let it go as long as you can, a few weeks to a month minimum.

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 02:40 AM

Put a box fan blowing through the stack and that will speed the drying considerably.

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 04:38 AM

I had some very wet Douglas Fir 4×6’s from the Borg. The way I determined when to start using them was by weighing them. I weighed each beam and wrote the weight on it. I would then weigh them every week and write the weight down. When the weight no longer changed, I assumed the moisture content had stabilized and I could safely use the wood. In my case, it took 6-9 months.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 04:50 AM

Months if you want to rip, joint, plane and face glue it. Anything
you can do to increase the heat and air circulation will speed
it up. I read somewhere (here I reckon) about putting black
plastic over it and putting it in the sun with room under the
plastic for a good air circulation. Turns your wood pile into
a solar still.

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 08:03 AM

Southern yellow pine is so hard to find it seems, even here in north Alabama. I found some beautiful 1×6x10s though a couple months back and pulled the plumiest pieces out for making drawers. Ive got a nice little stack of it though, never seen 2x stock ever here and I have looked for it. I guess I got lucky though cause I think it looked sufficiently dry to use immediately, although most of it is still waiting on me to start chopping.

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 04:26 PM

Since it will be in a garage environment it will move if it wants to at any time; I’d think letting it acclimate to that environment for 2 weeks to a month should be sufficient. If the wood isn’t stressed it will work fine.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 01:34 AM

Nomad62, that’s the answer I’ve been wanting to hear! Why couldn’t Loren give me that same answer?? :-)

Come one guys, just tell me what I want to hear!!!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 04:21 PM

Lol, okay, now send me my $5!

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 04:50 PM

SYP should have come out of the kiln with 19% moisture content – if you get it down to 10% you should be good to go. Buy a meter, about $40at the big box. There’s a tool for every job.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/General-Tools-Digital-Moisture-Meter-with-LCD-Display-MMD4E/100651808

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