Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cross Roads, Tx
Daren, I just purchased a bundle book deal from Amazon, the Selecting and Drying wood book, Harvesting Urban Timber, and The Conversion and Seasoning of Wood. I have not read any of them cover to cover, but Selecting and Drying Wood seems to be the best book I have seen on lumber itself. The chapters include picking wood, laying out your cuts, working with figured wood, drying methods(dehumidifier, solar, air), lights affects on wood, and many others. It goes in depth about a lot of stuff including case hardening and proper drying. The kiln in the book has a complete parts list, but out of date part #'s, and the complete wiring diagram for the kiln control and all of the kiln components. The cool part is it has a humidifier to condition the wood to prevent case hardening. It looks like the dehumidifier kiln would be about $500 plus the cost of the lumber for the box and other general items like wire and conduit. The book also has general outlines on how to build a solar kiln.