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12strings

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151 days ago

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 151 days ago

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

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#2 posted 151 days ago

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

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#3 posted 151 days ago

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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Loren

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#4 posted 151 days ago

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 150 days ago

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 148 days ago

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.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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12strings

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#7 posted 148 days ago

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 147 days ago

Lol, okay, now send me my $5!

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 147 days ago

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

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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