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Smile Redwood Slab Bookmatched table - need advice!

We have two slabs measuring 15' L x 27" W x 2 3/4" thick. We had our redwood cut and milled in our back yard, and the slabs have been sitting for a year, under a tarp drying.





There is some mold on the ends, but we are planning on cutting the boards down to 10' in length for our dining table.

We are moving into a larger house and would like to set it up in the dining room, covered, to finish drying. So we would be moving it from outdoors to indoors, and probably keeping a table cloth with plastic covering (think picnic table cloth) over it to protect from spills.

We are doing this because we don't really have the space at the new place to store the wood outside any longer, and we are very anxious to get the table in place, although we know it will be unfinished until it is totally dry and ready to be worked.

My husband is planning on building a temporary support structure for it which would involve screwing the support structure into the bottom of the not-thoroughly dried planks.

That is our plan, please tell me if this is a mistake and we would be ruining the table and the time and money we already have invested into it!

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I would get a moisture content meter and determine if the wood is dry or not. Generally as a rule of thumb it takes a year air drying for every inch of thickness the wood is so you might have another year and nine months to go.

If you are going to cover the wood with plastic it needs to be more like a tent allowing air to circulate around the wood. It's also a good idea to seal the ends of newly cut wood but it's a little late now. The ends of lumber are bad to crack as they dry.

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Is it going to hurt the wood to bring it inside to finish drying? Provided I 'tent' a cover over it to keep air flow all around?
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Is it going to hurt the wood to bring it inside to finish drying? Provided I 'tent' a cover over it to keep air flow all around?
Any place you could put the wood that there is less moisture in the air could only help the wood dry. Be sure to keep the sticks between the boards.
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Generally as a rule of thumb it takes a year air drying for every year of thickness the wood is so you might have another year and nine months to go.

(year) ??????

Actually the time is general. The MC can be checked. I would cut the boards long to begin with which would minimize any end checking or cracking that may wind up being in the final length.





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(year) ??????

Actually the time is general. The MC can be checked. I would cut the boards long to begin with which would minimize any end checking or cracking that may wind up being in the final length.









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Have it kiln dried, and let's get the party started. Be sure to post pics when it's done.
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