How long do these pieces of wood need to dry?

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Forum topic by CamHarley posted 08-26-2014 03:27 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2014 03:27 PM

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I have cut around 200 of these little pieces of wood (to make rune necklaces), not much bigger than the average human thumb from a chestnut pole that I cut out of the forest about a week ago. I tried drying the small pieces in the sun for a few days before I sanded them smooth, but have found after 1 week of harvesting, cutting, and sanding the wood into the finished piece, they have bowed a bit (curved feel to them).

How long should I leave these small pieces of wood before I sand them into there final shape? I was told to leave them on the side for around a month to dry out, then they shouldn’t bow after I sand them.

Thanks in advance : ) my first ever post on these forums.


p.s. I don’t mind them bowing too much when I first cut them, as when I sand them I will sand them flat again. I cut them right after I cut the pole down so that they can dry out quicker, and it is easier to chisel the wood when it is green.

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 01:19 AM

In a heated and cooled space, they will dry fast because there is a high proportion of end grain, and wood dries fast from the end grain. A month inside sounds pretty good.

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

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