White oak from sawmill /how best to dry

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Forum topic by jeffl posted 08-21-2009 03:24 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2009 03:24 AM

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I picked up a couple dozen 5/4 white oak boards from a local sawmill , they are still green. Would it hurt if I rough cut out my project ( Morris chairs ) to speed up the drying process or just leave the boards whole stack , sticker, and wait? I usually build ladderback chairs with green lumber with good results .

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 08-21-2009 03:27 AM

Usually wood air drys about 1” a year . I would be concerned it may cup or twist ,so I would wait for it to dry first.

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 03:34 AM

Stack and sticker the boards. You can speed up the process by making a plastic tent over the stack, and add a dehumidifier, and a fan.

White oak will move quite a bit while drying, so wait till the boards are done drying before cutting them to rough size.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 03:00 PM

I think you should also coat the ends of the boards with a latex paint or someother type of endseal. This will aid in allowing the wood to dry more evenly. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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