Years of Woodworking #8: Customer ! ask a expert first

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 12-08-2013 07:49 PM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Time , Experience Part 8 of Years of Woodworking series Part 9: Years of experience has paid off »

Most of us long time woodworkers have some experience drying our own lumber, If not look it up on a computer or ask an expert. Reason and I’ll explain, Just had a customer drop off 100 board feet of walnut to be surface planed, I don’t usually plain other peoples lumber without knowing a few things. How thick do they want it and first how long has it been since it was cut into lumber, I didn’t think to ask.

Well after planning a few boards I could feel the moisture , So I got the moisture meter and
it read 20 – 25 % .
He thought that since the tree had been cut down about a year ago but it was only cut into lumber
3 or 4 months ago, it had only been sticker-ed to dry only 2 months. I was always told lumber
needs to sit to dry a year for every inch thick, if totally air dried.

If some one knows of someone that kiln dries in the Grand Rapids , Mich area
Please notify me @

Thank you

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 07:59 PM

try these guys doug

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 08:32 PM

Hi Doug. You might check with Kamp Hardwoods in Dutton 616 554 9339 and ask for Rob to see if would do it for you. They may have 2 kilns by now. I would not put any time in planing it with that high of a moisture content.

good luck!............Jim

ps. Tim has the aluminum plates I cut for you and will bring them to the Guild meeting on Tues.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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