Dry Small Parts in Your Oven
I want to make a box out of wood from a tree that fell recently. I had it milled into boards, but the sawyer told me that it would take several years to air-dry the wood outside. Is there a way I can dry it myself, without waiting forever for it to cure outside?
Archie Matteson, Bakersfield, CA
If the boards are small enough, you can dry them in your household oven. You’ll also need a kitchen scale and a pen and paper.
Label each piece of wood and record its weight on a chart, then place the pieces on the racks in your oven. Set the heat at 250° for about 30 minutes and turn the oven off, leaving the wood inside with the door closed. The next day, take each piece out, weigh it, and write down the weight. Then put the pieces back in…