Published at Saturday, 29 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Adriene Michel.
Logs to lumber: Cutting tips
Remember one thing: When it comes to drying, slower is better.
Before cutting the log, paint the end grain. This seals it also slows down the drying process so you don't receive lots of cracking. I use whatever extra paint I have around the house, though for green wood, latex is best. If the bark stays on the planks you cut, leave it on. Like painting the ends,
the bark slows down drying. Stack the planks where air can flow over them, but not in direct sun. Place a pair labels (1x2s) among each board so the air can change easily around the wood. Be patient. Air drying can take as long as one year per inch of thickness. Track first drying by a year of storing indoor so the boards equilibrate to indoor moisture levels. With little planks, use the weighing talent to monitor drying. Evaluate the boards after you cut them along with use chalk or a marker to record the weightiness on the wood. Weigh them again every few months. When the weight stops changing, moisture is gone from the wood. Moisture meters are, of course, the most accurate way to gauge the moisture contented.
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