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Forum topic by Decentral posted 05-22-2015 08:47 PM 1380 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2015 08:47 PM

I am a complete amateur. That being said I’ve purchased my wood and am ready to dive into a project to build a wood beam reception desk based on this image.

Here is the wood I purchased. I’ve been told its pretty green and that it might be a year before it dries sufficiently enough to put anything (oil?) on it.

I’m looking for advice from some experienced “lumberjocks”.

1) The wood is quite rough. I’d like to sand or plane it down a bit (not too much) Suggestions on how to do that?
2) How can I avoid the wood warping too much during the drying process?
3) What should I put on to help preserve the wood? When should I do that? (I was thinking about using oil, is that the best?)
4) Recommendations on position the wood properly when stacking (ie, cracks on top, on side etc)

Any help or guidance on the project would be appreciated.



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#1 posted 05-22-2015 10:14 PM

Can you give some details on the desk design. The best answers come from the most detail questions.

With the information given so far my first though is the woods moisture content is going to be a problem.

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 11:04 PM

the woods moisture content is going to be a problem.- AlaskaGuy

Yes—- a good first step would have been to buy dry lumber.

You might consider painting or waxing the ends of your beams—-anything to slow down the loss of moisture out the ends. This is where wood is most porous, and if the beam loses a lot out the end before it dries elsewhere, it will split. You may not be able to stop the splitting, but you can minimize it by sealing the ends while it dries.

Can you sketch out your design concept? Looks interesting

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 05-23-2015 01:20 AM

Most lumber after being cut and properly stacked and stickered can be sufficiently dried with one year per inch of thickness, maybe more or less depending the humidity and temperature where the lumber is stored. That looks pretty thick and if air dried only won’t be ready to use reliably for potentially several years.

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