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Question Dry time?

So, I have been harvesting Black Birch all around my property for the past few weeks... I am wondering how long I should let the wood dry for good results for furniture. I am going to keep the bark on the logs and am going to apply a few light coats of poly. Thanks in advance.
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Are you trying to dry the logs for log furniture ? Or slabs or what, sorry I don't understand the question. And if you are drying whole "logs" how big are they (diameter)...truth be told if they are very large it will be years before they are "dry".

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They are whole trees... They are about 4" in diameter at their thickest point. Nothing too huge. I am looking to use them for furniture. I plan on using them whole, with the bark intact. Can I use them to build and wait for a while longer to put on the poly. Really, I am just trying to make sure I do this somewhat right. Is there a way to help expedite the drying process?
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Is there a way to help expedite the drying process?
Assuming they don't have bugs you can throw them in the attic (if you have access to it) I don't know where you live but attic "kiln drying" has been done for centuries. They should be dry enough in the course of a summer. Even bringing them in the house (again if that is doable) they will dry faster than outside, especially now in the winter. Heck it has not hit 20 degrees here today...my furnace is cranking and the air is as dry as a bone-that'll dry wood. Last option is build a little kiln if you are going to do much of this, either solar or dehumidification.
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