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  1. Tennessee kiln drying

    Forestry & Milling
    Does anyone know anybody contract kiln drying in middle Tennessee? If not - is there any interest if we install one in the Nashville area?
  2. Need help with DIY kiln

    General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello everyone so, a friend and i have made a wood drying kiln in our small workshop. The specs are - 1x1x5m - so its 1 meter wide/high and 5 meters deep. We have QUITE new at this and have a lot of "stupid" questions, i would assume, and we have searched Google high and low! But we have a...
  3. Maple Slab/Bar Top-Female First Timer

    Wood Finishing
    Hi Guys.... I am building a bar & for the bar top, I have a piece of Maple. Its 14" L x 24" W and 3' H . The perosn I got it from says the tree has been down awhile but was just cut into slabs & it will need to dry out for about a month. The more I read about drying the more discouraged I...
  4. Fabulous Article & Research Archive

    General Woodworking Discussion
    Trying to find specific gravity of an exotic lumber I am working with was easy. But trying to locate one with similar was hard so I found this site and it showed me an article that listed an extensive list. Thought I would pass the website along. I have included the search page...
  5. White Oak Drying Questions

    Forestry & Milling
    I just purchased 5 white oak logs ($35 a piece). Plan on getting the made into slabs. They total about 1370 bd feet. Plan on getting 2 more white oak logs to make a full day of cutting. My questions are: Should I quarter saw one of the logs (one is straight and wide)? How thick should I...
  6. Drying Slabs

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I an a novice wood worker. I really like using big and unusual lumber. So I decided to start cutting logs into slabs. I then built a DH kiln. So far two hard maples cut and dried to about 8% MC. I have about 1500 bd ft in the kiln. A few questions: How much warp, twist etc is normal for...
  7. Kiln drying for first time - have question

    Forestry & Milling
    I have a Daren Nelson homemade kiln. I pulled my Walnut (2" thick) slabs from my kiln and found that my moisture meter reads 7% around the end grain and 12% in the middle of the slab - is this good enough to called finished and kiln dried. I plan to sell these slabs so I need to sell it right...
  8. Kiln dry or cook air-dried Spruce?

    Forestry & Milling
    I have come into some Norway Spruce (Picea abies) that was milled into 5/4 and 6/4 planks a few months ago from a tree that had been dead for a year. It has been kept in a garage since then. Right now it has 11%-13% MC and it is oozing resin in some places. There are very few visible checks...
  9. Quick Drying Wood

    Wood Finishing
    I'm designing a table that has branches as legs. This is a project for class so I'm working within a time constraint. I know that wood drys at the rate of 1''/year, but I'm wondering if there are alternative methods for drying. Would a ceramics kiln work? My oven at home? How compromised would...
  10. Redwood Slab Drying Question

    Forestry & Milling
    I got lucky enough to get a Old Growth Redwood Slab for a kitchen island. The entire slab is about 15 feet long, I need about 12 feet for our island. It is about 3 1/4 inches thick. I measured the moisture at the surface with my meters short pins and it is 16-17%. I sealed the ends with...
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