I bought a bunch of poplar today at an auction, but didn't realize the bundle I was bidding on was all rough sawn green poplar. I got it home and unloaded it, but not sure what to do with it now. Are there places that I can take it to that will dry it for me? If not, what am I supposed to do with it at this point. Any help in the right direction would be appreciated.
Make sure you have it stickered - piled with boards (1 x 1 1/2 or something like this) between the layers. The stickers need to be spaced about 18" to 24" apart). You want to make sure air gets around each board so it doesnt mold or rot. This is how you would pile it for air drying or even temporary storage until you find someone to dry the wood.
You need to have the wood stacked in a flat. Start out with stickers on the ground or floor to allow air under the stack. On the top of the stack, put more stickers and a layer of water proof material if it is stacked outside. Put weight on the top to keep the top boards from warping.
Typically, it takes 1 year per inch of board thickness to be air dried properly. In July 2006, I had some hard maple cut for a work bench. The boards for the top were cut 1 3/4" thick - needing 21 months drying time. I let it dry in a cold storage area stickered until October 2008. I should have weighted the top layers - didnt realize the top layers were warping.
The bench top really turned out good - 2 5/8" thick x 36" wide x 75" long. I do need to flatten it. The base came out good as well.
With pine, you need to "set" the pitch. The wood needs to be dried at elevated temperatures so the pitch will not bleed out after you are done making the project. I would not build cabinets, shelves, whatever out of pine that is not kiln dried.