Years ago I came across plans for a home-made timber de-humidifying unit
using a domestic refrigerator. I'd like to have a go at one now, perhaps
using an ordinary household dehumidifier. Anyone got any comments, pointers,
Oh, and the article is "Air Dying Lumber : When done properly,
super-frugal air-drying can produce perfect lumber : Pay Less for
Wood! : Build this wood drying kiln around an inexpensive household
It sounds exactly what I want. Getting decent timber (lumber) round here is
a pain. I bought some premium grade Scandinavian softwood from a local yard,
was assured it was 'dry', carefully stacked it for several weeks in a warm
room before using it. Even so it shrunk and warped when I turned it into a
cabinet and some internal doors. I've made quite a few windows and external
doors but have always used tropical hardwoods, aformosia, iroko, etc -I
wouldn't dare use softwood, though if it was properly seasoned it would be
I will let you know if I can't get that article, thanks a lot.
There's plenty of excellent timber available in the UK, the problem is
finding who sells it. There are two totally disconnected trades between
"construction" timber and "cabinetry" timber. Trying to buy good timber
from the construction trade suppliers is just about possible, but it's
poor quality and expensive.
For some better price guides, look at my local guys
For your local equivalent, buy a copy of Furniture and Cabinet Making
magazine and read the ads in the back.
When I said 'getting decent timber round here is a pain' I meant my locality
(Herefordshire). I have been buying wood round here for over thirty years
and I can assure you that nowadays there is no equivalent of
interestingtimbers.co.uk (who I know about). It's all a matter of location.
This is a good area for green and air dried English hardwood, but getting
decent softwood is, as I've said, a pain. If I dry my own timber I take
control of my raw material, without having to drag my trailer halfway across
the country, and if I get my cutting list wrong, or change my mind, don't
have to do it all over again.
On Fri, 4 Nov 2005 09:07:55 -0000, with neither quill nor qualm,
How about a solar kiln instead? Free plans here:
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