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How to dry boards?

I have the boards that my log provided home now.
14 1"X10"X9'. They are cedar, juniper. Most people
call it aromatic cedar.

I had planned on putting them in the attic. It is floored
with good ventilation. I store a lot of stock up there.

Everyone says it will dry them too fast and they will
split and warp. The tree was cut about six months ago
and the boards seem to be fairly dry now.

I also need to dry my wormy wood. I went back to
get more of those and someone had bought it all.

Don't have any pictures because it was raining when
we got home and just wanted to get it stacked in the
shop ASAP!



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The cedar will dry just fine anywhere, easiest wood in the world to dry. If you have a corner of the shop you can spare stack it on stickers (1" square wood spacers no more than 18" apart) for a few weeks and presto that is ready to use. If you don't have room for it any place but the attic, do that. What you were told about it drying too fast/being damaged was wrong info. I use eastern red cedar practially right off the mill, just let it set a couple weeks like I mentioned.

The wormy pine...I would be scared to put it someplace I could not keep an eye on it. Just in case some of the bugs were still there and decided to move into the building framing/your lumber stash. Just looking at it from your post I am guessing that stuff as long as it had to lay to get in that kinda shape it's probably already dry anyway.

Do you have a moisture meter ?
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The cedar will dry just fine anywhere, easiest wood in the world to dry. If you have a corner of the shop you can spare stack it on stickers (1" square wood spacers no more than 18" apart) for a few weeks and presto that is ready to use. If you don't have room for it any place but the attic, do that. What you were told about it drying too fast/being damaged was wrong info. I use eastern red cedar practially right off the mill, just let it set a couple weeks like I mentioned.

The wormy pine...I would be scared to put it someplace I could not keep an eye on it. Just in case some of the bugs were still there and decided to move into the building framing/your lumber stash. Just looking at it from your post I am guessing that stuff as long as it had to lay to get in that kinda shape it's probably already dry anyway.

Do you have a moisture meter ?
Daren;

Your Mom must have slept with a clown, cause you
are funny!

A spare corner????

My shop, 16'X12'!



I am going to get some paint sticks for spacers,
use three or four, and put them in the attic.

I have a large opening and fold down stairs so it
is not a big deal.

I have spent the morning cutting the "good" stuff
from all the slabs. He cut the entire log in 1' slices
so there are a lot of nice 3, 4 and 5 inch wide
pieces over four feet long. Great stuff for making
clocks and small boxes.

I am cutting all the red into small chunk, 1"X1", for
aromatic stuff, the shop smells nice, covers up the
cigars.

The bottom piece is, was 2" thick and I am resawing
it into 1"X3"X4' pieces. I got twelve out of it.

I'll post a picture in a bit.


Thanks for the help.

B

Edit:

This is my first time to have a log turned into usable stock, so
I am pretty up about it and am very happy with the amount
of wood I got for less than $40. It looks like it will do as many
as thirty + clocks.



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A spare corner????
I thought maybe you were one of the lucky ones...take the boat out replace it with some other crap and your shop looks about like mine...no spare corner
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I thought maybe you were one of the lucky ones...take the boat out replace it with some other crap and your shop looks about like mine...no spare corner
Let me think about this a moment...,,,,...

OK.

I am 63 and take no regular medication.
I have a 38 year old retired model wife.
I owe $00.00.
I receive three retirement checks.
I have a trust that pays all my expenses.
I have a great daughter.
I have three wonderful grand kids.
I have a boat.
I have a shop.
I will never have to work again.
I have seen 75% of the world.
I am right with God.
I don't live in Texas.
I once dated a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.
I worked for PlayBoy magazine.
I have dined with three presidents.
I have dined with Enzo Ferrari
I have dined with Carrol Shelby.
I have dined with Brian Gumbel, no big deal there.
I have known, met or dined with six Miss Americas.
AND, Jacky Stewart calls me by my first name.

Well, I thought I was one of the lucky ones, but
on second thought.....

Here are the pictures of my stuff...



All this came from the slabs most people throw out.



All of these have this type grain and color, there
are five more in the attic, ran out of sticks.




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Nice looking boards.

Did you really do all that stuff, or are you just wankin' us?

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Let me think about this a moment...,,,,...

OK.

I don't live in Texas.


Well, I thought I was one of the lucky ones, but
on second thought.....


Hmmm. I think that might be a shot at Texas!

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Nice looking boards.

Did you really do all that stuff, or are you just wankin' us?

Gerry
I was a free lance photographer for nearly forty years.
I did F1 races for the better part of that.

I had dinner with President Eisenhower in 1960,
Boy Scout thing. I had lunch with President Carter
1979 I think, My Dad had a 58 year military career
and got an award for forty years then. I have had
dinner, lunch with President Clinton several time,
close family friend and school mate of my brother
in law.

I lived on a 41' sail boat, Gulfstar, for seventeen
years.

My family homesteaded this area in the late 1800's
and as the land was later sold, the money went to
a trust. Now we just live off the trust and other
investments of the family.

And yes, That is my life. Notice I didn't talk about
five bad marriages, polio, being adopted, and a few
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My apologies. You are having one very interesting life. Sad about the five bad marriages and the polio.

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