Cypress; uncured, air dried, kild dried?
Hi all, first post here. I'm not new to tinkering with wood, but new to really thinking seriously about real craftsmanship. I'm looking to build several beehives, I prefer using cypress, and have found a local mill to source it from.
The mill offers lumber rough-cut and uncured. They can have it kilned and surfaced for an up-charge, obviously. I don't really need it surfaced for looks, as I have a planer, but don't know if this is maybe an integral part of the drying process.
The hives I want to build will ideally be finger (box) joined. They may be painted/sealed, but it is common to leave hive boxes unfinished. Either way they will be exposed to whatever extremes the weather offers.
So my question is if I go to make these boxes with lumber straight from the mill (rough, uncured), will all my joints pop apart? Do I need kiln dried? Is air-dried a viable option? If it must be cured to some degree first, I'd like to go with air drying...but don't know much about it.
Thanks for any advice,
Edit: I suppose I should mention I plan to use nominal 1" stock.
Last edited by Tim Hall; 10-14-2011 at 03:14 PM.