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Forum topic by Farrout posted 05-18-2014 08:31 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2014 08:31 PM

I had the chance to get some Florida live oak that had been cut.
I cut some 3/4×2 1/4 boards. How long should I let them ‘dry’ before I use them?
I have them in my travel trailer that has a dehumidifier running so it is a relatively hot and dry environment.

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 09:58 PM

It will be interesting to see if 30 days in your trailer with a humidifier will do the job. That is about the time it takes for a small kiln to work. I have used a dehumidifier in my shop to help finish dry in 24 hours. Without the dehumidifier it usually takes 3 or 4 days, so they definitely can make difference.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 10:23 PM

I’d really like to see some pictures of this live oak. I’ve never seen it milled before.

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#3 posted 05-19-2014 12:59 AM

Live oak has to dry slow or it will crack, check, and honeycomb on you. A hot dry environment with a dehumidifier seems like it will dry the wood too fast and ruin it it the boards are above 30% moisture content. I would sticker stack it outside under cover.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 03:15 AM

I had a limb cut off my live oak about a year ago. The logs were about 3’ long and 1’ diameter. I painted the ends and they all still cracked a little. I cut one open a few weeks ago. It’s really cool looking, heavy, and hard as a rock. The small board I cut was still very damp and twisted like crazy in a day, but I didn’t stack it properly. It was really just a test. Check out the second part of my bench building blog and there is a pic of a mallet I turned from one of the logs while it was still green. The mallet cracked that night, but it still works good.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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