Drying Freshly Cut Lumber
I recently found a treasure trove of fresh-cut curly maple. It’s mostly 4/4 and 5/4, with some 6x8s that I will cut into 3x8s to encourage drying within my lifetime. Aside from painting the ends with shellac and stickering it, how should I go about drying it?
Stanley Jett, Warren, MI
I air-dry a lot of wood and it isn’t difficult. The key is to get air moving through the pile, so all surfaces of the boards dry evenly. I don’t bother to paint the ends, since end checks will still happen and I’d rather know where these natural weaknesses are and cut around them later.
Build your pile in an airy location, either outside or in an open shed. Get the base well off the ground, so air can circulate around the bottom as well as the sides.
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