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Is it possible for a slab of cherry 2 3/8" thick to air dry in one year?

I can't imagine that, not in a climate other than a desert. Guy claims it was in a hot garage in Indiana and that its plenty dry to work with.

Whats reality without a meter?
 

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Sure it's possible, in the freezing winters in Sweden 5x5 inch oak would air dry in a year and 8 months. besides, if it isn't dry enough you can bake it in the oven for a while! :D
 

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Is it possible for a slab of cherry 2 3/8" thick to air dry in one year?

I can't imagine that, not in a climate other than a desert. Guy claims it was in a hot garage in Indiana and that its plenty dry to work with.

Whats reality without a meter?
A hot garage in Indiana is also likely a humid garage. I agree highly unlikely this is "dry". It may have lost some moisture, but as you state, a meter is the best way to know what moisture content is in the slab.

By the way Gideon, if you are interested in stepping up to a BIG table, a person not far from me has some 5ft+ dia maple sections. These would make wonderful large cookies. Let me know if you want the persons phone number.

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Might be dry on the outside but not on inside. It would not dry here that fast and our humidity got to low teens-95 degrees this summer. cut off a piece and check inside- my bet 18-20%
 

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air dry - yes. how much is the question? i believe the standard is 1 year per inch of thickness. assuming all else is done properly. moisture meter is what you need to use here.
 

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I sent a message to the seller about them not being dry and that he should list them more accurately. I was brasher than I should have been but he unloaded with a bunch of crap... He's claiming that they were in a dry warehouse for two full and dry summers.

I still don't think they're dry and I'm steering clear of them and him as a seller.

Here is the listing, judge for your selves:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=121185120006&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123


 

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Did he list a price for the shipping? It is a slab of cherry. I spend 30 bucks to ship a small box across the country. I dont want to think about a piece of lumber :).
 

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It would probably be cheapest to ship LTL. But then again it may not be able to ship interstate if it's not kiln dried and certified infestation free.
 

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Milwaukee Woodworks / Allen will dry lumber in the attic of a garage. The temps can get over 120-130 degrees on a clear summer day. He has sold me lumber that was 2" and dried to a relatively low m.c..
So it's possible.

But I would never buy lumber without seeing it personally and sticking a meter into the pieces.
 

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I can't imagine buying something of this magnitude with so many variables to consider on the net. I'd have to put my fingers and eyes on it first.

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Gideon,

WISE DECISION!!!! There's lots of variables in the description that would through up red flags to me....and the starting cost/bid is expensive for NO definite answers.

I agree with Al B Thayer and Aard ...hands on!!! And a meter!!!

The rule of thumb of an inch to a year is a good starting point BUT has many variables in many areas and every year is differ...some reading on a trusted wood seller states in his area each inch thickness adds more stabilizing and drying time....which makes sense due to moisture has further to go out.

Allen may have more wiser input from his area/location and may have more expertise of drying in buildings/ warehouses.
I didn't view all of the ebay ad but Ryan50 made the statement on shipping out and being certified is true to some areas now.....WE just got the ASH quarrantine in my area AND to ship ash OR FIREWOOD it has to be certified.
 
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