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post #1 of 5 Old 09-27-2015, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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6x6 Douglas Fir Kiln Dried??? Help

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I am new to this forum, and I'm looking for some assistance. I am planning to build a couple "built in's" and I was interested in using 6x6 Lumber(possibly Douglas Fir) as posts. I have read about green lumber and not using wood with high moisture to build with. I can't seem to find any 6x6 Lumber Kiln Dried. I live in Long Island and all the 6x6's are pressure treated. I have found some places in New Jersey that carries rough sawn lumber, but i'm concerned about the moisture. Does anyone know of a place where i can buy Kiln Dried 6x6 or is there a place i can bring lumber to who will dry it for me. I don't have much experience, and any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


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Fir is more of a western product. What you are asking for is available but one or two pieces may be a problem. Doesn't hurt to ask. You might look for timber framers in your area and there is the alternative of salvaged timber.
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I think even if you find a KD, untreated 6X6, it's likely to have checks and not be straight.

I bought porch columns from a lumber yard near me that are made of 4 pieces with lock mitered corners with a hollow center. They are straight, clear and dry. It might be something worth checking on, or possibly make your own.
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If you contact a log home supplier they would have what you're looking for.


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I'm not sure what you mean by "built-ins", but if you don't need 6x6 stock for structural reasons, it seems like it might be overkill. Something assembled from thinner stock as Quickstep described, either purchased or made yourself, would likely be easier to handle & work with, more stable, and less expensive.

The columns on a railing I made for our house many (15?) years ago are assembled from 1x oak, glued up with splined beveled/mitered edges. They're only 4" square, but you get the idea.
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