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Forum topic by Shadowrider posted 05-20-2015 04:53 AM 535 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2015 04:53 AM

I’m looking at starting a business and if it goes like I want and hope I will need kiln dried exotic hardwoods that are ready to go when I receive it or a very few days at most. My question is do any suppliers do custom kiln drying? Done to a specific moisture content that may vary a bit between wood species? Putting it on the shelf for a few months won’t be an option and though the pieces will be small I will be machining in some fairly precise features so shrinkage/movement may be a problem.

Will I have to order a bazillion BF to get this? I suppose that if it really goes good I’ll be able to do my own drying but it will be awhile in coming. Thoughts?


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#1 posted 05-20-2015 05:44 AM

What’s the idea?

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 05:51 AM

Custom gun grips first and maybe stocks for long guns later.

I’m buying a CNC router and want to make it into a business.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 02:48 PM

Lumber coming out of a kiln will have a fairly low moisture content, depending on the drying schedule. Once it is placed in a non-kiln environment it begins the process of stabilizing itself with the ambient moisture level in the atmosphere. You will find that there is no such thing as a truly “stable” piece of wood as far as moisture content goes. You will need to determine how long it takes freshly dried wood to become “stable” in your environment. The good news is that smaller pieces such as your gun grips (and probably even the gun stocks) will move so little that it won’t matter much.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 02:50 PM

You might also want to investigate the use of PEG to further stabilize your workpieces.

Herb

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